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List of Famous Educators

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List of famous educators, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top educators in the world? This includes the most prominent educators, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable educators is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic educators 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 educators.

List ranges from Bill Cosby to Marshall McLuhan, plus much more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known educators to the lesser known educators of today, these are some of the best professionals in the educator field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous educators ever?" and "What are the names of famous educators?" then you're in the right place. (984 items)


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    William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist. Cosby's start in stand-up began at the hungry i in San Francisco which was followed by landing a starring role in the 1960s show I Spy. During its first two seasons, he was a regular on the children's ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Cosby Show, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, A Different World, Jack, Let's Do It Again, + more
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    Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich is an American politician, historian, author and political consultant. He represented Georgia's 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1979 until his resignation in 1999, and served as the 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. Gingrich ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Educator, Historian, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Men in Black, Piers Morgan Live, Crossfire, The Party's Over, The Life of Larry, + more
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    Charles Randolph "Charlie" Korsmo is an American former child actor turned lawyer.more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: USA, Fargo, North Dakota
    • Profession: Educator, Actor, Political Activist, Lawyer
    • Credits: Hook, Dick Tracy, Can't Hardly Wait, What About Bob?, The Doctor, + more
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    Will.i.am
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    Will.i.am is a winner of the 2013 Honorary Clio Award.more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Rio, Freedom Writers, Be Cool, + more
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    Nina Hartley is an American pornographic actress, pornographic film director, sex educator, sex-positive feminist, and author.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Berkeley
    • Profession: Pornographic actor, Nurse, Educator, Film Producer, Author, + more
    • Credits: Boogie Nights, Blue Cabaret, Who's Nailin' Paylin?, Love Shack, The Grafenberg Spot, + more
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    Booker T. Washington
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    Booker Taliaferro Washington was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. Washington was of the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1856-1915)
    • Birthplace: Hale's Ford, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator, Author, Writer
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    William Sanford "Bill" Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, scientist, and former mechanical engineer, best known as the host of the Disney/PBS children's science show Bill Nye the Science Guy and for his many ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Educator, Screenwriter, Scientist, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Dancing with the Stars, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Back to the Future, BattleBots, Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye, + more
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    Robby Benson
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    Robby Benson is an American film and television actor, television director, educator and singer.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Dallas
    • Profession: Television director, Educator, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Friends, Beauty and the Beast, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Wait Until Dark, + more
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    Marcus Aurelius Foster was an African-American educator who gained a national reputation for educational excellence while serving as principal of Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as Associate Superintendent of Schools in Philadelphia, and as the first black Superintendent of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1923-1973)
    • Birthplace: Athens, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator
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    Maria Montessori
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    Maria Tecla Artemesia Montessori was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. Her educational method is in use today in some public and private schools throughout the world.more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1870-1952)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Marche, Eurasia, Italy, Province of Ancona, + more
    • Profession: Educator, Physician, Philosopher
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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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    Adam Whitney Savage is an American industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator, actor, educator, and television personality, known as one of two co-hosts of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters and Unchained Reaction. His model work has appeared in major films, including ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Special Effects Designer, Industrial designer, Television producer, Educator, Actor, + more
    • Credits: MythBusters, Night of the Little Dead
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    Professor Charles W. J. Withers FBA, FRSE, FAcSS is professor of historical geography at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Profession: Educator
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    Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Jefferson County, Birmingham, Area code 205, Contiguous United States, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Activist, Educator, Author, Actor, Political Activist, + more
    • Credits: Black is... Black Ain't, The History Makers: Courage
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    Fred Rogers was an actor and screenwriter.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1928-2003)
    • Birthplace: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Television Show Host, Songwriter, Television producer, Educator, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Casper, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, Speedy Delivery, + more
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    Mary McLeod Bethune
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    Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, was an American educator and life rights leader best known for starting a private school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. She attracted donations of time and money, and developed the academic school as a college. It later continued to develop as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1875-1955)
    • Birthplace: Mayesville, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator
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    Roberta Bondar
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    Roberta Bondar OC O.Ont FRCP FRSC is Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. Following more than a decade as NASA's head of space medicine, Bondar became a consultant and speaker in the business, scientific, and medical communities. Bondar has received many honours including ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
    • Profession: Neurologist, Educator, Astronaut, Scientist, Author, + more
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    Ian Bradley
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    Ian Campbell Bradley is a British academic, author, theologian, Church of Scotland minister, journalist and broadcaster. At the University of St Andrews, he is Reader in Practical Theology and Church History, Principal of St Mary's College, and a University chaplain. He is also the associate minister of ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Berkhamsted, England
    • Profession: Journalist, Educator, Theologian, Lecturer, Chaplain, + more
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    Samuel R. Delany
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    Samuel Ray Delany, Jr., Chip Delany to his friends, is an American author, professor and literary critic. His work includes fiction, memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society. His science fiction novels include Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, Dhalgren, and the Return to Nevèrÿon ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Literary critic, Educator, Novelist, Cartoonist, + more
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    Geoffrey Canada is an American educator, social activist and author. Since 1990, Canada has been president of the Harlem Children's Zone in Harlem, New York, an organization that states its goal is to increase high school and college graduation rates among students in Harlem. Canada serves as the ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator, Author, Writer, Social activist, Teacher
    • Credits: The Lottery
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