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

List below includes John Lennon, Albert Einstein, and more people. Featuring pacifists of all different religions and of history, this list has it all. 

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

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the ...more

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)
John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of ...more

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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 79 (1869-1948)
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and ...more

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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the ...more

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)
Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for ...more

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Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 88 (1880-1968)
Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne ...more

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Tank Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
A man who stood in front of a column of tanks on June 5, 1989, the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 by force, became known as the Tank Man ...more

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Jeannette Rankin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 93 (1880-1973)
Jeannette Pickering Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress, in 1916 and again in 1940, from the state of Montana. After winning her House seat in 1916 she said, "I ...more

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Aldous Huxley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 69 (1894-1963)
Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer, philosopher and a prominent member of the Huxley family. He was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London, and ...more

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Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
age 86
Yoko Ono, is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, and peace activist. She is the widow and second wife of John Lennon and is also known for her work in avant-garde art, music, and filmmaking. ...more

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Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 82 (1828-1910)
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, commonly referred to as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright and philosopher who primarily wrote novels and short ...more

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James Lawson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
age 90
James Morris Lawson, Jr. is an American activist and university professor. He was a leading theoretician and tactician of nonviolence within the American Civil Rights Movement. During the 1960s, ...more

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Nhat Hanh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
age 92
Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, ...more

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James Bevel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
James Bevel Dec. at 72 (1936-2008)
James Luther Bevel was a leader of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement who, as the Director of Direct Action and Director of Nonviolent Education of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference ...more

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Vera Brittain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 77 (1893-1970)
Vera Mary Brittain was an English writer and pacifist. Her best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth recounted her experiences during the First World War and the beginning of her journey ...more

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Aung San Suu Kyi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
age 73
Aung San Suu Kyi AC is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma. In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% ...more

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Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
age 83
The 14th Dalai Lama is the current Dalai Lama, as well as the longest-lived incumbent. Dalai Lamas are amongst the head monks of the Gelug school, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. ...more

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William Penn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 74 (1644-1718)
William Penn was an English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony and the future Commonwealth of ...more

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
age 78
Joan Baez is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 55 ...more

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Anna Politkovskaya is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 48 (1958-2006)
Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist, writer, and human rights activist. Politkovskaya made her reputation reporting from Chechnya. Her post-1999 articles about conditions in ...more

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Jaime Garzón is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 39 (1960-1999)
Jaime Hernando Garzón Forero was a Colombian journalist, a comedian, lawyer, peace activist and political satirist. He was popular on Colombian television during the 1990s for his ...more

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Kurt Eisner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 52 (1867-1919)
Kurt Eisner was a German politician and journalist. As a socialist journalist and statesman, he organized the Socialist Revolution that overthrew the Wittelsbach monarchy in Bavaria in November ...more

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Selma Lagerlöf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 82 (1858-1940)
Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf was a Swedish author. She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and most widely known for her children's book Nils Holgerssons ...more

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Martin Buber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 87 (1878-1965)
Martin Buber was an Austrian-born Israeli Jewish philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a form of existentialism centered on the distinction between the I–Thou relationship and ...more

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Nana Mouskouri is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
age 84
Nana Mouskouri, born Iōánna Moúschouri on October 13, 1934, in Chania, Crete, Greece, is a Greek singer. She was known as "Nána" to her friends and family as a ...more