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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)

Birthplace: Ulm, 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 ...more

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)

Birthplace: Liverpool, 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 ...more

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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 79 (1869-1948)

Birthplace: Porbandar, 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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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)

Birthplace: Ireland, Ireland, Europe, Dublin

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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Martin Luther King, Jr. ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)

Birthplace: Atlanta, 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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Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 88 (1880-1968)

Birthplace: Tuscumbia, United States of America, Alabama, Colbert County

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 ...more

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Tank Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
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, ...more
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Jeannette Rankin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 93 (1880-1973)

Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, USA

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 ...more
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Aldous Huxley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 69 (1894-1963)

Birthplace: Godalming, 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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Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Age: 86

Birthplace: East Asia, Tokyo, Asia, Japan

Yoko Ono (Japanese: 小野 洋子, romanized: Ono Yōko, usually spelled in katakana オノ・ヨーコ; born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American multimedia artist, singer, songwriter and peace activist. Her ...more

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Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 82 (1828-1910)

Birthplace: Yasnaya 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 ...more

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James Lawson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Age: 90

Birthplace: Uniontown, 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
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Nhat Hanh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Age: 92

Birthplace: Vietnam

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 ...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)

Birthplace: Itta 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 ...more
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Vera Brittain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 77 (1893-1970)

Birthplace: Newcastle-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 ...more
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Aung San Suu Kyi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Age: 73

Birthplace: Yangon, 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, ...more

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Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dala... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Age: 83

Birthplace: Taktser, China

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William Penn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 74 (1644-1718)

Birthplace: London, 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
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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Age: 78

Birthplace: New 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 ...more

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Anna Politkovskaya is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 48 (1958-2006)

Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, + more

Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya (Russian: А́нна Степа́новна Политко́вская, IPA: [ˈanːə sʲtʲɪˈpanəvnə pəlʲɪtˈkofskəjə]; Ukrainian: Га́нна Степа́нівна Політко́вська [ˈɦɑnːɐ steˈpɑnʲiu̯nɐ ...more
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Jaime Garzón is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 39 (1960-1999)

Birthplace: Bogotá, 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 ...more
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Kurt Eisner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 52 (1867-1919)

Birthplace: Berlin, 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
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Selma Lagerlöf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 82 (1858-1940)

Birthplace: Mårbacka

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 ...more
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Martin Buber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 87 (1878-1965)

Birthplace: Vienna, 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 ...more
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Nana Mouskouri is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Age: 84

Birthplace: Chania, Greece

Ioanna Mouschouri (Greek: Ιωάννα Μούσχουρη [ioˈana ˈmusxuri]; born October 13, 1934), known professionally as Nana Mouskouri (Greek: Νάνα Μούσχουρη [ˈnana ˈmusxuri]), is a Greek singer. During ...more