List of Famous Social Workers People

List of Famous Social Workers

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This list of famous social workers includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top social workers in the world? This includes the most prominent social workers, living and dead, both from America and abroad. This list of notable social workers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted depending on what information you're looking for, such as where these historic social workers 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 social workers.

This list of famous social workers in history includes people like Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.

From reputable, prominent, and well known social workers to the lesser known social workers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the field of social work. Who are the most famous social workers ever? What are the names of famous social workers?

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    Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver, DSG was a member of the Kennedy family, sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the founder in 1962 of Camp Shriver which started on her Maryland farm known as Timberlawn and, in 1968 evolved into the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1921-2009)
    • Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Social Worker
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    Laura Harring is a Mexican actress. In 1985, Harring became the first Latina woman crowned Miss USA. She later began her acting career in television and film. She is best known for her role as Rita in the 2001 cult neo-noir film Mulholland Drive. She is also known for her roles in other films, including ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Los Mochis, Mexico
    • Profession: Model, Social Worker, Actor, Dancer
    • Credits: Mulholland Drive, The Punisher, Little Nicky, John Q, General Hospital, + more
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    Ron Silver
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    Ronald Arthur "Ron" Silver was an American actor, director, producer, radio host and political activist.more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1946-2009)
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    • Profession: Film Producer, Social Worker, Radio personality, Actor, Political Activist, + more
    • Credits: Ali, Romancing the Stone, Timecop, Rhoda, Silkwood, + more
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    Gouranga Chakraborty, better known by his stage name Mithun Chakraborty, informally referred to as Mithun Da, is an Indian film actor, singer, producer, writer, social worker, entrepreneur and a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament. He is the recipient of three National Film Awards. He made his acting debut ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Bangladesh, Barisal
    • Profession: Television presenter, Wrestler, Entrepreneur, Social Worker, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Om Shanti Om, Guru, Yuvvraaj, Heroes, Chandni Chowk to China, + more
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    Ralph Waite was an American actor, voice artist, and political activist, best known for his role as John Walton, Sr. on The Waltons, which he occasionally directed. In addition, Waite appeared in many guest roles on numerous television series, most recently in a recurring role in NCIS as Jackson Gibbs, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)
    • Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Politician, Social Worker, Actor, Minister of religion
    • Credits: NCIS, Cool Hand Luke, Carnivàle, The Waltons, Roots, + more
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    John Amos
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    John Amos is an American actor who played James Evans, Sr. on the 1970s television series Good Times. His television work includes roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the miniseries Roots, for which he received an Emmy nomination, and a recurring role as Admiral Percy Fitzwallace on The West Wing. He ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: USA, Newark, New Jersey
    • Profession: Copywriter, Soldier, Theatrical producer, Screenwriter, Social Worker, + more
    • Credits: Coming to America, Die Hard 2, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Good Times, The Beastmaster, + more
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    Erode Venkata Ramasamy, affectionately called by his followers as Periyar or E. V. R., was a social activist, politician and businessman, who started the Self-Respect Movement or the Dravidian Movement. He is also the founder of political party, Dravidar Kazhagam. Periyar was born in Erode, Madras ...more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1879-1973)
    • Birthplace: Erode, India
    • Profession: Politician, Social Worker, Writer
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    Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
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    Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar CIE, born Ishwar Chandra Bandopadhyay, was an Indian Bengali polymath and a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. He was a philosopher, academic educator, writer, translator, printer, publisher, entrepreneur, reformer, and philanthropist. His efforts to simplify and modernize ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1820-1891)
    • Birthplace: Bengal Presidency
    • Profession: Publisher, Educator, Entrepreneur, Lecturer, Social Worker, + more
    • Credits: Bhranti Bilas
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    Manmohan Singh
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    Manmohan Singh is an Indian economist who served as the 14th Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. The first Sikh in office, Singh was the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be re-elected after completing a full five-year term. Born in Gah, Singh's family migrated to India during its ...more

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    • Age: age 83
    • Birthplace: Gah, Pakistan, Pakistan
    • Profession: Statesman, Politician, Bureaucrat, Social Worker, Economist, + more
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    Abigail Folger
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    Abigail Anne Folger was an American socialite, volunteer, civil rights devotee, and member of the prominent Folger family. She was the great-granddaughter of J. A. Folger, the founder of Folgers Coffee. Folger, her boyfriend Wojciech Frykowski, actress Sharon Tate, hairstylist Jay Sebring, and an ...more

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    • Age: Died at 26 (1943-1969)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Socialite, Social Worker
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    Kelly Johnson
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    Bernadette Jean "Kelly" Johnson was an English guitarist, widely known in the UK in the early 1980s as the lead guitarist of the all-female British heavy metal band Girlschool.more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1958-2007)
    • Birthplace: Edmonton, London, London, England
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Environmentalist, Musician, Social Worker, + more
    • Credits: Girlschool: Live from London
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    Arackaparambil Kurien "A. K." Antony is an Indian politician currently serving as Member of Parliament from the upper house, Rajya Sabha, of Parliament. He formerly served as Defence Minister of India, and the Chief Minister of the state of Kerala. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Disciplinary ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Cherthala, Eurasia, Alappuzha district, India, Kerala
    • Profession: Politician, Social Worker, Lawyer
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    Susan Davis
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    Susan Davis is a politician.more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Social Worker
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    Rajah Muzaffar Ali is an Indian filmmaker, a fashion designer, a poet, an artist, a music-lover, a revivalist, and a social worker. He belongs to a royal Muslim Rajput family of Kotwara. He is not to be confused with the famous 16th century Persian artist of the Persian miniature. Muzaffar Ali attended ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Lucknow, India
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Poet, Social Worker, Artist, Film Director
    • Credits: Gaman, Umrao Jaan, Zooni, Anjuman, Aagaman, + more
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    Raja Ram Mohan Roy was a founder of the Brahmo Samaj movement in 1828 which engendered the Brahmo Samaj, an influential Indian socio-religious reform movement. His influence was apparent in the fields of politics, public administration and education as well as religion. He is best known for his efforts ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1772-1833)
    • Birthplace: Radhanagore, India
    • Profession: Social Worker, Philosopher
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    Josephine Butler
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    Josephine Elizabeth Butler was a Victorian era British feminist and social reformer who was especially concerned with the welfare of prostitutes. She was intensely religious as an evangelical Anglican. Along with other charity efforts, she led the long campaign for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1828-1906)
    • Birthplace: Northumberland, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Social Worker, Writer
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    Nilu Phule
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    Nilu Phule was an Indian actor known for his roles in the Marathi language movies and Marathi theatre. Nilu Phule had acted in around 250 Marathi and Hindi movies during his film career. Phule was also a social worker, and was associated with Rashtra Seva Dal.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1930-2009)
    • Birthplace: Pune, India
    • Profession: Social Worker, Actor
    • Credits: Naram Garam, Mashaal, Woh Saat Din, Disha, Mohre, + more
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    Vikram Gokhale is a well known Indian film, television and stage actor, notable for his roles in Marathi theatre and Hindi films and television. He is the son of another well known veteran Marathi theater and film actor Chandrakant Gokhale. Gokhale is now directing his debut directorial titled Aaghaat.more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Pune, India
    • Profession: Social Worker, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Hey Ram, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, De Dana Dan, Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke, Lucky: No Time for Love, + more
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    Luis Guzmán
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    Luis Guzmán is a Puerto Rican actor, who is known for his character work. For much of Guzmán's career, he has played character roles largely as sidekicks, thugs, or policemen. He is a favorite of director Steven Soderbergh, who cast him in Out of Sight, The Limey, and Traffic, and Paul Thomas Anderson, ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Cayey, United States, with Territories
    • Profession: Social Worker, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Traffic, Carlito's Way, Punch-Drunk Love, + more
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    K. Kamaraj
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    Kumarasami Kamaraj, better known as K. Kamaraj, was an Indian politician from Tamil Nadu widely acknowledged as the "Kingmaker" in Indian politics during the 1960s. He was the chief minister of Tamil Nadu during 1954–1963 and a Member of Parliament during 1952–1954 and 1967–1975. He was known for his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1903-1975)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Virudhunagar district, India, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu
    • Profession: Politician, Social Worker
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