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List of Famous Pacifists

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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. 
  • 1

    Albert Einstein

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany


    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two...  more

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  • 2

    John Lennon

    Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom


    John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the rhythm guitarist for the...  more

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  • 3

    Mahatma Gandhi

    Dec. at 79 (1869-1948)

    BirthplacePorbandar, India


    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (; 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist, who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful...  more

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  • 4

    Oscar Wilde

    Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland


    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most...  more

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  • 5

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America


    Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955...  more

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  • 6

    Helen Keller

    Dec. at 88 (1880-1968)

    BirthplaceTuscumbia, Alabama, United States of America


    Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of Keller...  more

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    Tank Man (also known as the Unknown Protester or Unknown Rebel) is the nickname of an unidentified Chinese man who stood in front of a column of tanks leaving Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989, the...  more
  • 8

    Jeannette Rankin

    Dec. at 93 (1880-1973)

    BirthplaceMissoula, Montana, United States of America


    Jeannette Pickering Rankin (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973) was an American politician and women's rights advocate, and the first woman to hold federal office in the United States. She was elected to...  more
  • 9

    Aldous Huxley

    Dec. at 69 (1894-1963)

    BirthplaceGodalming, United Kingdom


    Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer and philosopher. He authored nearly fifty books—both novels and non-fiction works—as well as wide-ranging essays,...  more

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  • 10

    Yoko Ono

    Age: 87

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan


    Yoko Ono (born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American multimedia artist, singer, songwriter and peace activist. Her work also encompasses performance art, which she performs in both English and...  more

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  • 11

    Leo Tolstoy

    Dec. at 82 (1828-1910)

    BirthplaceYasnaya Polyana, Russia


    Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (; Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, tr. Lev Nikoláyevich Tolstóy; [lʲef nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj] (listen); 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7...  more

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  • 12

    BirthplaceUniontown, Pennsylvania


    James Lawson may refer to: James Lawson (activist) (born 1928), theoretician and tactician of nonviolence within the American Civil Rights Movement James Lawson (Australian doctor) (born 1934),...  more
  • 13

    Nhat Hanh

    Age: 94



    Thích Nhất Hạnh (; Vietnamese: [tʰǐk̟ ɲə̌t hâjŋ̟ˀ] (listen); born as Nguyễn Xuân Bảo on October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, founder of the Plum Village...  more
  • 14

    James Bevel

    Dec. at 72 (1936-2008)

    BirthplaceItta Bena, Mississippi


    James Luther Bevel (October 19, 1936 – December 19, 2008) was a minister and a leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. As the Director of Direct Action and of Nonviolent Education...  more
  • 15

    Vera Brittain

    Dec. at 77 (1893-1970)

    BirthplaceNewcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom


    Vera Mary Brittain (29 December 1893 – 29 March 1970) was an English Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse, writer, feminist, and pacifist. Her best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth recounted...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceYangon, Myanmar


    Aung San Suu Kyi (; Burmese: အောင်ဆန်းစုကြည်; MLCTS: aung hcan: cu. krany Burmese pronunciation: [àʊɴ sʰáɴ sṵ tɕì]; born 19 June 1945) is a Burmese politician, diplomat, author, and Nobel Peace Prize...  more

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  • 17

    BirthplaceTaktser, China


    The 14th Dalai Lama (born 6 July 1935) is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism, which was formally headed by the Ganden...  more

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  • 18

    William Penn

    Dec. at 74 (1644-1718)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom


    William Penn (October 14, 1644 – July 30, 1718) was an English colonial proprietor and the son of the admiral and politician Sir William Penn. Penn was a writer, early Quaker, and founder of the...  more
  • 19

    Joan Baez

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America


    Joan Chandos Baez (; born January 9, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and activist. Her contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed...  more

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  • 20

    Anna Politkovskaya

    Dec. at 48 (1958-2006)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America


    Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya (Russian: А́нна Степа́новна Политко́вская, IPA: [ˈanːə sʲtʲɪˈpanəvnə pəlʲɪtˈkofskəjə]; Ukrainian: Га́нна Степа́нівна Політко́вська [ˈɦɑnːɐ steˈpɑnʲiu̯nɐ...  more
  • 21

    Jaime Garzón

    Dec. at 39 (1960-1999)

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia


    Jaime Hernando Garzón Forero (October 24, 1960 – August 13, 1999 in Bogotá) was a Colombian comedian, journalist, politician, and peace activist. He was popular on colombian television during the...  more
  • 22

    Kurt Eisner

    Dec. at 52 (1867-1919)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany


    Kurt Eisner (German pronunciation: [kʊɐ̯t ˈʔaɪ̯snɐ]; 14 May 1867 – 21 February 1919) was a journalist and theatre critic. As a socialist journalist, he organised the Socialist Revolution that...  more
  • 23

    Selma Lagerlöf

    Dec. at 82 (1858-1940)



    Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf (, also US: , Swedish: [²sɛlːma ²lɑːɡɛˌɭøːv] (listen); 20 November 1858 – 16 March 1940) was a Swedish author and teacher. She published her first novel, Gösta Berling's...  more
  • 24

    Martin Buber

    Dec. at 87 (1878-1965)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria


    Martin Buber (Hebrew: מרטין בּוּבֶּר‎; German: Martin Buber; Yiddish: מארטין בובער‎‎; February 8, 1878 – June 13, 1965) was an Austrian philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a form...  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceChania, Greece


    Ioanna Mouschouri (born October 13, 1934), known professionally as Nana Mouskouri (Greek: Νάνα Μούσχουρη [ˈnana ˈmusxuri]), is a Greek singer. During the span of her music career she has released...  more