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

James Lipton and Peter Courtney are included on this list.

From reputable, prominent, and well known academics to the lesser known academics of today, these are some of the best professionals in the academic field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous academics ever?" and "What are the names of famous academics?" then you're in the right place. (182 items)

James Lipton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Academics
James Lipton James Lipton is an American writer, composer, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He is the executive producer, writer and host of the ...more

Germaine Greer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Academics
Germaine Greer Germaine Greer is an Australian theorist, academic and journalist, who is regarded as having been a major feminist voice of the mid-20th century. She resides in the United Kingdom, where she is ...more

Dennis Altman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Academics
Dennis Altman Dennis Patkin Altman is an Australian academic and pioneering gay rights activist. Altman was born in Sydney, New South Wales to Jewish immigrant parents, and spent most of his childhood in ...more

Edward Everett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Academics
Edward Everett Edward Everett was an American politician, pastor, educator, diplomat, and orator from Massachusetts. Everett, a Whig, served as U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, the 15th Governor of ...more

Peter Courtney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Academics
Peter Courtney Peter Courtney is a Democratic member of the Oregon Senate, representing the 11th District since 1998. He is currently President of the Senate, serving since 2003. He was a member of the Oregon ...more

Simon Gray is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Academics
Simon Gray Simon James Holliday Gray, CBE was an English playwright and memoirist who also had a career as a university lecturer in English literature at Queen Mary, University of London, for 20 years. ...more

Allen Schick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Academics
Allen Schick Allen Schick is a governance fellow of the Brookings Institution and also a professor of political science at the Maryland School of Public Policy of University of Maryland, College Park. He is ...more

Dave Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Academics
Dave Ulrich David Olson Ulrich is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach, and management consultant. Ulrich is a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, University of ...more

Charles William Eliot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Academics
Charles William Eliot Charles William Eliot was an American academic who was selected as Harvard's president in 1869. He transformed the provincial college into the preeminent American research university. Eliot ...more

Sidney Drell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Academics
Sidney Drell Sidney David Drell American theoretical physicist and arms control expert. He is a professor emeritus at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover ...more

David Hajdu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Academics
David Hajdu David Hadju is an author and professor.

Paul Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Academics
Paul Jenkins Paul Jenkins is an American academic. He is Professor of Poetry at Hampshire College. Jenkins received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle. Before moving to Hampshire, ...more

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N. Katherine Hayles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Academics
N. Katherine Hayles N. Katherine Hayles is a postmodern literary critic, most notable for her contribution to the fields of literature and science, electronic literature, and American literature. She is professor ...more

John A.T. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Academics
John A.T. Robinson John Arthur Thomas Robinson was an English New Testament scholar, author and the Anglican Bishop of Woolwich. He was a lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge, and later Dean of Trinity College ...more

Elmore D is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Academics
Elmore D Elmore D is a Belgian blues musician. His is also a professor at the University of Liège, where he gives lectures on the history and culture of Wallonia. The name Elmore is a reference to ...more

Wendy Wasserstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Academics
Wendy Wasserstein Wendy Wasserstein was an American playwright. She was an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She received the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama ...more

Meredith Hooper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Academics
Meredith Hooper Meredith Hooper is an author and academic.

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John F. Banzhaf III is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Academics
John F. Banzhaf III John Francis Banzhaf III is an American legal activist and a law professor at George Washington University Law School. He is the founder of a smoking pressure group, Action on Smoking and ...more

Mary Lyon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Academics
Mary Lyon Mary Mason Lyon was an American pioneer in women's education. She established the Wheaton Female Seminary in Norton, Massachusetts, in 1834. She then established Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in ...more

Brander Matthews is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Academics
Brander Matthews James Brander Matthews was an American writer and educator. He was the first full-time professor of dramatic literature at an American university and played a significant role in establishing ...more

Irving Weissman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Academics
Irving Weissman Irving Lerner "Irv" Weissman M.D. is a Professor of Pathology and Developmental Biology at Stanford University where he is the Director of the Stanford Institute of Stem Cell Biology ...more

Zelman Cowen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Academics
Zelman Cowen Sir Zelman Cowen AK, GCMG, GCVO, QC, PC was the 19th Governor-General of Australia.

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Kathy Reichs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Academics
Kathy Reichs Kathleen Joan Toelle "Kathy" Reichs is an American crime writer, forensic anthropologist and academic. She is a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at ...more

Jay Parini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Academics
Jay Parini Jay Parini is an American writer and academic. He is known for novels and poetry, biography and criticism. Having published novels about Leo Tolstoy, Walter Benjamin, and Herman Melville, Jay ...more

Charles Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Academics
Charles Tomlinson Alfred Charles Tomlinson, CBE is a British poet and translator, and also an academic and artist. He was born and raised in Penkhull in the city of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Robert Mezey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Academics
Robert Mezey Robert Mezey is an American poet, critic and academic. He is also a noted translator, in particular from Spanish, having translated with Richard Barnes the collected poems of Borges. He was born ...more

As'ad AbuKhalil is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Academics
As'ad AbuKhalil As'ad AbuKhalil is a Lebanese-American professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. AbuKhalil is the author of Historical Dictionary of Lebanon, Bin Laden, Islam ...more

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Norman Cohn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Academics
Norman Cohn Norman Rufus Colin Cohn FBA was a British academic, historian and writer who spent 14 years as a professorial fellow and as Astor-Wolfson Professor at the University of Sussex.

Leo Rosten is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Academics
Leo Rosten Leo Calvin Rosten was born in Łódź, Russian Empire and died in New York City. He was a teacher and academic, but is best known as a humorist in the fields of scriptwriting, storywriting, ...more

David Osmond-Smith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Academics
David Osmond-Smith David Osmond-Smith (27 December 1946 - 31 May 2007) was a leading British musicologist, author, and academic. Born in Worthing, West Sussex, he was educated at Magdalen College school, Oxford ...more

David St. John is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Academics
David St. John David St. John is an American poet.

Ronald Takaki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Academics
Ronald Takaki Ronald Toshiyuki Takaki was an American academic, historian, ethnographer and author. Born in Oahu, Hawai'i, his work addresses stereotypes of Asian Americans, such as the model minority

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Alan Walker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Academics
Alan Walker Alan Walker, FRSC is an English-Canadian musicologist and university professor best known as a biographer and scholar of composer Franz Liszt.

Mauro Ferrari is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Academics
Mauro Ferrari Mauro Ferrari is an Italian scientist and the pioneer of nanomedicine. He received a degree in mathematics in 1985 from the University of Padova before completing his MS and PhD in mechanical ...more

Frederick Jelinek is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Academics
Frederick Jelinek Frederick Jelinek was a Czech-American researcher in information theory, automatic speech recognition, and natural language processing. He was well known for his oft-quoted statement, ...more

Philip Child is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Academics
Philip Child Philip Albert Child was a Canadian novelist, poet, and academic. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, the son of William Addison Child and Elizabeth Helen Child, Child studied at Trinity College where he ...more

Gerhard von Rad is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Academics
Gerhard von Rad Gerhard von Rad was a German Lutheran pastor, University professor, and Old Testament scholar. With the experience of two World Wars, the German-speaking world began to turn "anti-Old ...more

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Élisabeth Roudinesco is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Academics
Élisabeth Roudinesco Élisabeth Roudinesco is a French academic historian and psychoanalyst. She is head of research in history at University of Paris VII – Denis Diderot since 1991. Biographer of Jacques ...more

Kim B. Clark is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Academics
Kim B. Clark Kim Bryce Clark has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since April 2015. He served previously as the 15th president of Brigham Young University–Idaho ...more

Eugene B. Redmond is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Academics
Eugene B. Redmond Eugene B. Redmond is an American poet, and academic. His poetry is closely connected to the Black Arts Movement and the city of East St. Louis, Illinois.

John Roosevelt Boettiger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Academics
John Roosevelt Boettiger John Roosevelt Boettiger is a retired professor of psychology and the son of Anna Roosevelt Boettiger and her second husband, John Boettiger. He is the grandson of U.S. President Franklin Delano ...more

François Cheng is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Academics
François Cheng François Cheng is a Chinese-born French academician, writer, poet and calligrapher. He is the author of essays, novels, collections of poetry and books on art written in the French ...more

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Kenneth J Dover is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Academics
Kenneth J Dover Sir Kenneth James Dover, FRSE, FBA was a distinguished British Classical scholar and academic. He was President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford from 1976 to 1986. In addition, he was President ...more

Nils Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Academics
Nils Nilsson Nils John Nilsson is one of the founding researchers in the discipline of artificial intelligence. He is the first Kumagai Professor of Engineering in Computer Science at Stanford University, ...more

Ruth Schachter Morgenthau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Academics

Chet Raymo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Academics
Chet Raymo Chet Raymo is a noted writer, educator and naturalist. He is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Stonehill College, in Easton, Massachusetts. His weekly newspaper column Science Musings appeared in ...more

Russell Grigg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Academics
Russell Grigg Australian philosopher and psychoanalyst.

Michael S. Roth is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Academics
Michael S. Roth Michael S. Roth is an American academic and university administrator. He became the 16th president of Wesleyan University in 2007. Formerly, he was the 8th president of the California College of ...more

Roswell G. Ham is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Academics
Roswell G. Ham Roswell Gray Ham was an American educator who served as the 12th President of Mount Holyoke College from 1937 to 1957. He was born in LeMoore, California and received his B.A. from University of ...more

Paul Murray Kendall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Academics
Paul Murray Kendall Paul Murray Kendall was an American academic and historian. Kendall was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Frankford High School in 1928. He studied at the University of ...more