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List of Famous Academics

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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. {#nodes}
  • James Lipton (September 19, 1926 – March 2, 2020) was an American writer, lyricist, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He was the executive...  more

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  • Dennis Patkin Altman (born 16 August 1943) 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...  more
  • Edward Everett (April 11, 1794 – January 15, 1865) was an American politician, pastor, educator, diplomat, and orator from Massachusetts. Everett, a Whig, served as U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator,...  more
  • Peter C. Courtney (born June 18, 1943) is an American politician, lawyer, and professor who is currently a Democratic member of the Oregon State Senate, representing the 11th District (in Marion...  more
  • Simon James Holliday Gray (21 October 1936 – 7 August 2008) was an English playwright and memoirist who also had a career as a university lecturer in English literature at Queen Mary, University of...  more
  • 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 known...  more
  • David Olson Ulrich (born 1953) 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 (March 20, 1834 – August 22, 1926) was an American academic who was selected as Harvard's president in 1869. A member of the prominent Eliot family of Boston, he transformed the...  more
  • Sidney David Drell (September 13, 1926 – December 21, 2016) was an American theoretical physicist and arms control expert. At the time of his death, he was professor emeritus at the Stanford Linear...  more
  • David Hajdu (; born 1955) is an American columnist, author and professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He was the music critic for The New Republic for 12 years and is music...  more
  • 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
  • N. (Nancy) Katherine Hayles (born 16 December 1943) is a postmodern literary critic, most notable for her contribution to the fields of literature and science, electronic literature, and American...  more
  • John Arthur Thomas Robinson (16 May 1919 – 5 December 1983) was an English New Testament scholar, author and the Anglican Bishop of Woolwich. He was a lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge, and...  more
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  • Wendy Wasserstein (October 18, 1950 – January 30, 2006) was an American playwright. She was an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She received the Tony Award for Best...  more
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  • John Francis Banzhaf III (; born July 2, 1940) is an American public interest lawyer, legal activist and law professor at George Washington University Law School. He is the founder of an antismoking...  more
  • Mary Mason Lyon (; February 28, 1797 – March 5, 1849) was an American pioneer in women's education. She established the Wheaton Female Seminary in Norton, Massachusetts, (now Wheaton College) in...  more
  • James Brander Matthews (February 21, 1852 – March 31, 1929) was an American writer and educator. He was the first full-time professor of dramatic literature at an American university and played a...  more
  • Irving Lerner "Irv" Weissman (born Great Falls, Montana, October 21, 1939) is a Professor of Pathology and Developmental Biology at Stanford University where he is the Director of the Stanford...  more
  • Sir Zelman Cowen, (7 October 1919 – 8 December 2011) was an Australian legal scholar and university administrator who served as the 19th Governor-General of Australia, in office from 1977 to...  more
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