List of Famous Futurists People

List of Famous Futurists

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List of famous futurists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top futurists in the world? This includes the most prominent futurists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable futurists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic futurists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned futurists.

Items include everything from Marshall McLuhan to Gene Roddenberry.

From reputable, prominent, and well known futurists to the lesser known futurists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the futurist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous futurists ever?" and "What are the names of famous futurists?" then you're in the right place. (32 items)

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    Nikola Tesla
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    Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. Tesla gained experience in telephony and electrical engineering before immigrating ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1856-1943)
    • Birthplace: Smiljan, Eurasia, Croatia
    • Profession: Futurist, Physicist, Inventor, Scientist, Mechanical engineer, + more
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    Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry was an American television screenwriter, producer, populistic philosopher, satirist, and futurist. He is best remembered for having created the original Star Trek television series and thus the Star Trek science-fiction franchise. Born in El Paso, Texas, Roddenberry grew ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1921-1991)
    • Birthplace: Texas, El Paso, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, + more
    • Profession: Pilot, Futurist, Police officer, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: The Original Series, + more
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    Marshall McLuhan
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    Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC was a Canadian philosopher of communication theory and a public intellectual. His work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries. McLuhan is known for coining the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1911-1980)
    • Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
    • Profession: Futurist, Educator, Author, Actor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Annie Hall
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    James Lovelock
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    James Ephraim Lovelock, CH, CBE, FRS is an independent scientist, environmentalist and futurist who lives in Dorset, England. He is best known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, which postulates that the biosphere is a self-regulating entity with the capacity to keep our planet healthy by controlling ...more

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    • Age: age 96
    • Birthplace: Letchworth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Futurist, Environmentalist, Professor, Inventor, Scientist, + more
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    Stanisław Lem was a Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy and satire. His books have been translated into 41 languages and have sold over 45 million copies. From the 1950s to 2000s he published many books, both science fiction and philosophical/futurological. He is best known as the author of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1921-2006)
    • Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
    • Profession: Futurist, Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Solaris, Solaris, Icarus XB 1, First Spaceship on Venus, The Congress, + more
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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Australia
    • Profession: Futurist, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian
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    Judith Hand
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    Judith L. Hand is an evolutionary biologist, animal behaviorist, novelist, and pioneer in the emerging field of peace ethology. She writes on a variety of topics related to ethology, including the biological and evolutionary roots of war, gender differences in conflict resolution, empowering women, and ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Cherokee, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Futurist
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    Michael Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author who is best known for his novels and his work on the Mirrorshades anthology. This work helped to define the cyberpunk genre.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Futurist, Orator, Novelist, Author, Writer
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    Alfred Lambremont Webre is an American author, lawyer, futurist, peace activist, environmental activist, and a space activist who promotes the ban of space weapons. He was a co-architect of the Space Preservation Treaty and the Space Preservation Act that was introduced to the U.S. Congress by ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Futurist, Ufologists, Author, Writer, Peace activist, + more
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    Raymond "Ray" Kurzweil is an American author, computer scientist, inventor, futurist, and is a director of engineering at Google. Aside from futurology, he is involved in fields such as optical character recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Futurist, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Scientist, Author, + more
    • Credits: Plug & Pray, The Singularity is Near
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    Alvin Toffler is an American writer and futurist, known for his works discussing the digital revolution, communication revolution and technological singularity. Toffler is a former associate editor of Fortune magazine. In his early works he focused on technology and its impact through effects like ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Futurist, Journalist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Future Shock
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    Richard Neville is an Australian author and self-described "futurist", who came to fame as a co-editor of the counterculture magazine Oz in Australia and the United Kingdom in the 1960s and early 1970s. He was involved with the Sydney Push libertarians at the University of New South Wales in the early ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: New South Wales, Australasia, Australia
    • Profession: Futurist, Editor, Author, Presenter
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    Jacque Fresco, is an American futurist and self-described social engineer. Fresco is self-taught and has worked in a variety of positions related to industrial design. Fresco writes and lectures his views on sustainable cities, energy efficiency, natural-resource management, cybernetic technology, ...more

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    • Age: age 99
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Futurist, Lecturer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Future by Design, Great Expectations
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    Sydney Jay Mead, commonly Syd Mead, is a "visual futurist" and a neofuturistic concept artist. He is best known for his designs for science-fiction films such as Blade Runner, Aliens and Tron. Of his work, Mead was once moved to comment: "I've called science fiction 'reality ahead of schedule.'"more

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Futurist, Designer
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    Barbara Marx Hubbard is a futurist, author and public speaker. She is credited with the concepts of ‘The Synergy Engine’ and the 'birthing' of humanity.more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Profession: Futurist, Public speaker, Author
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    Patrick Dixon
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    Patrick Dixon is an author and business consultant, often described as a futurist, and chairman of the trends forecasting company Global Change Ltd. He is also founder of the international AIDS agency ACET and Chairman of the ACET International Alliance. In 2005, he was ranked as one of the 20 most ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Futurist, Writer
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    Christian Schoyen is a headhunter, expert in human behavior and futurist with speciality in human behavior futurology. He has since 1997 been the CEO for a successful international headhunting company that he founded, with offices in the U.S. and Europe. On November 14th, 2014 the film Vegas Vikings by ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Norway
    • Profession: Futurist, Recruiter, Author
    • Credits: Living the Dream
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    Allen M. Tough

    Allen Tough was a Canadian educator and researcher. Widely known as a futurist, scientist, and author, Tough was Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto at the time of his death. He made major contributions to the fields of Adult Education, Futures Studies, and SETI. Linking these fields ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1936-2012)
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Futurist, Educator, Researcher, Scientist, Author
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    Arthur B. Shostak

    Arthur B. Shostak, is an American sociologist and futurist, and former professor of sociology at Drexel University. His research areas include futuristics, the history and future of the American work force, organized labor, industrial sociology, the management and social implications of modern ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Futurist
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    Daniel Simon

    Daniel Simon
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    Daniel Simon is a German concept designer and automotive futurist. He is best known for his vehicle designs in movies like Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, and his book Cosmic Motors.more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Germany
    • Profession: Futurist, Designer
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