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Famous Educators from the United States

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List of notable or famous educators from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top educators born in the United States and even some popular educators who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American educators then this list is the perfect resource for you. These educators are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known educator from the United States is included when available.

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Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 81
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 ...more
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Booker T. Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Dec. at 59 (1856-1915)
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 ...more
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Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 63
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 ...more
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Robby Benson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 63
Robby Benson is an American film and television actor, television director, educator and singer.
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Adam Savage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 51
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 ...more
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Fred Rogers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Dec. at 75 (1928-2003)
Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928-February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was known as the creator, ...more
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Mary McLeod Bethune is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Dec. at 80 (1875-1955)
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 ...more
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Frank Lloyd Wright is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Dec. at 92 (1867-1959)
Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing ...more
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James Randi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 90
James Randi is a Canadian-American retired stage magician and scientific skeptic best known for his challenges to paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Randi is the co-founder of Committee for ...more
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Stedman Graham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 67
Stedman Graham, Jr. is an American educator, author, businessman and speaker, although he is primarily known as the partner of media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Graham and Winfrey were engaged to be ...more
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Jonathan Kozol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 82
Jonathan Kozol is an American writer, educator, and activist. best known for his books on public education in the United States.
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David B. Yoffie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
David B. Yoffie is the Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Yoffie received his Bachelor's degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa ...more
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Elizabeth E. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 81
Elizabeth Ellery Bailey is an American economist. She is John C. Hower Professor of Business and Public Policy, at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has been Director of ...more
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Salman Khan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 42
Salman Amin Khan is a Bengali American teacher, entrepreneur, and former hedge fund analyst. He is the founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and a 501 organization. From ...more
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Septima Poinsette Clark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Dec. at 89 (1898-1987)
Septima Poinsette Clark was an American educator and civil rights activist. Clark developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role in the drive for voting rights ...more
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Cheryl Clarke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 72
Cheryl L. Clarke is a writer, educator and lesbian Black feminist activist.
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Jesmyn Ward is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 42
Jesmyn Ward is an American novelist and an associate professor of English at Tulane University. She won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and a 2012 Alex Award with her second novel ...more
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James D. Plummer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 74
James D. Plummer has been a director of Intel since 2005. He has been a Professor in Electrical Engineering at Stanford since 1978, and Dean of Engineering since 1999. He is a member of the ...more
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Frank C. Baxter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Dec. at 86 (1896-1982)
Francis Condie Baxter was an American TV personality and educator. He was a professor of English at the University of Southern California. Baxter hosted Telephone Time in 1957 and 1958 when ABC ...more
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Christopher Bobonich is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 59
Christopher Bobonich is an American philosopher and a leading scholar of ancient philosophy, especially known for his work on Plato's Laws. He is currently Clarence Irving Lewis Professor of ...more
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Patricia Hampl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 72
Patricia Hampl is an American memoirist, writer, lecturer, and educator. She is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, teaches in the MFA program at the University of ...more
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Robert Venturi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 93
Robert Charles Venturi, Jr. is an American architect, founding principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and one of the major architectural figures in the twentieth century. ...more
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Benedict Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 82
Benedict Richard O'Gorman Anderson is Aaron L. Binenkorb Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Government & Asian Studies at Cornell University, and is best known for his celebrated ...more
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John L. Thornton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 65
Mr. Thornton retired in 2003 as president and co-chief operating officer of the Goldman Sachs Group and as a member of that firm's board of directors. He is a professor and director of global ...more
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Roger Y. Tsien is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
age 67
Roger Yonchien Tsien is an American biochemist. He is a professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego. He was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in ...more