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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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This historic educators from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American educators of note?" and "Who are the most famous educators from the United States?" These prominent educators of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American educators.

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Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Age: 81

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

William Henry Cosby Jr. (; born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, author, and convicted sex offender. He held an active career for over six decades before being ...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)

Birthplace: Hale's Ford, Virginia

Booker Taliaferro Washington (c. 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the ...more

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Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Age: 63

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

William Sanford Nye (born November 27, 1955), popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science communicator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer. He is best known as ...more

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Robby Benson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Age: 63

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Robby Benson (born Robin David Segal; January 21, 1956), is an American actor, singer, musician, director, producer, writer, composer and educator. He is best known as the voice of Beast in the ...more

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Adam Savage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Age: 51

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Adam Whitney Savage (born July 15, 1967) is an American special effects designer and fabricator, actor, educator, and television personality and producer, known as the former co-host (with Jamie ...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)

Birthplace: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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)

Birthplace: Mayesville, South Carolina, United States of America

Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (born Mary Jane McLeod; July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955) was an American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian, and civil rights activist best known for ...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)

Birthplace: Richland Center, Wisconsin

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

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

James Randi (born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge; August 7, 1928) is a Canadian-American retired stage magician and a scientific skeptic who has extensively challenged paranormal and ...more

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Stedman Graham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Age: 67

Birthplace: Whitesboro, New Jersey, New Jersey

Stedman Graham Jr. (born March 6, 1951) is an American educator, author, businessman, speaker, and podcaster primarily known as the longtime partner of media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Graham and ...more
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Jonathan Kozol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Age: 82

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Jonathan Kozol (born September 5, 1936) 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

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Salman “Sal” Khan (born October 11, 1976) is an American educator and mathematician who founded Khan Academy, a free online education platform and an organization with which he has produced over ...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)

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

Septima Poinsette Clark (May 3, 1898 – December 15, 1987) was a black American educator and civil rights activist. Clark developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important ...more
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Cheryl Clarke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Age: 72

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Cheryl L. Clarke (born Washington DC, May 16, 1947) is a lesbian poet, essayist, educator and a Black feminist community activist: she lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Hobart, New York. ...more
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Jesmyn Ward is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Age: 42

Birthplace: De Lisle, Mississippi

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

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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)

Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, United States of America

Francis Condie Baxter (May 4, 1896 – January 18, 1982) was an American TV personality and educator. He was a professor of English at the University of Southern California. Baxter hosted ...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

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Patricia Hampl (born March 12, 1946) is an American memoirist, writer, lecturer, and educator. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis and is one of the ...more
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Robert Venturi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Age: 93

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

Birthplace: Kunming, China

Benedict Richard O'Gorman Anderson (August 26, 1936 – December 13, 2015) was an Irish political scientist and historian, best known for his 1983 book Imagined Communities, which explored the ...more
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John L. Thornton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Age: 65
John Lawson Thornton (born January 2, 1954) is a Professor and Director of the Global Leadership Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is also Executive Chairman of Barrick Gold ...more
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Roger Y. Tsien is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Educators from the United States
Age: 67

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Roger Yonchien Tsien (Chinese: 錢永健; February 1, 1952 – August 24, 2016) was a Chinese-American biochemist. He was a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, San ...more