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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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Robert Baker Aitken is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 93 (1917-2010)
Robert Baker Dairyu Chotan Aitken Rōshi was a Zen teacher in the Harada-Yasutani lineage. He co-founded the Honolulu Diamond Sangha in 1959 together with his wife. Aitken received Dharma ...more
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Bianca Jagger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
age 73
Bianca Jagger is a Nicaraguan-born social and human rights advocate and a former actress. Jagger currently serves as a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, Founder and Chair of the Bianca ...more
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Daisaku Ikeda is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
age 91
Daisaku Ikeda is the spiritual leader and former president of the Nichiren Buddhist Soka Gakkai, the largest of Japan's new religious movements, and also one of the most controversial. Ikeda is ...more
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Olive Schreiner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 65 (1855-1920)
Olive Schreiner was a South African author, anti-war campaigner and intellectual. She is best remembered today for her novel The Story of an African Farm which has been highly acclaimed since ...more
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Raicho Hiratsuka is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 85 (1886-1971)
Raichō Hiratsuka was a writer, journalist, political activist, anarchist and pioneering Japanese feminist.
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Johan Galtung is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
age 88
Johan Galtung is a Norwegian sociologist, mathematician and the principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies. He co-founded the Peace Research Institute Oslo in 1959, ...more
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Roger Nash Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Roger Nash Baldwin Dec. at 97 (1884-1981)
Roger Nash Baldwin was one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union. He served as executive director of the ACLU until 1950. Many of the ACLU's original landmark cases took place ...more
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Dirk Willems is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dirk Willems was a Dutch martyred Anabaptist who is most famous for escaping from prison, turning around to rescue his pursuer—who had fallen through thin ice while chasing Willems—to then be ...more
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Bertha von Suttner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 71 (1843-1914)
Bertha Felicitas Sophie Freifrau von Suttner was an Austrian pacifist and novelist. In 1905 she was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, thus being the second female Nobel ...more
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Joseph Beuys is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 65 (1921-1986)
Joseph Beuys was a German Fluxus, happening and performance artist as well as a sculptor, installation artist, graphic artist, art theorist and pedagogue of art. His extensive work is grounded ...more
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Hannes Alfvén is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 87 (1908-1995)
Hannes Olof Gösta Alfvén was a Swedish electrical engineer, plasma physicist and winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on magnetohydrodynamics. He described the ...more
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Sulak Sivaraksa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Sulak Sivaraksa age 85
Sulak Sivaraksa is the founder and director of the Thai NGO “Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation”, named after two authorities on Thai culture, Sathirakoses and Nagapradeepa. Besides being the ...more
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James White is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 71 (1928-1999)
James White was a Northern Irish author of science fiction novellas, short stories and novels. He was born in Belfast and returned there after spending his early years in Canada. After a few ...more
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George Ohsawa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 73 (1893-1966)
George Ohsawa, born Yukikazu Sakurazawa, was the founder of the Macrobiotic diet and philosophy. When living in Europe he went by the pen names of Musagendo Sakurazawa, Nyoiti Sakurazawa, and ...more
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Inazō Nitobe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 71 (1862-1933)
Nitobe Inazō was a Japanese agricultural economist, author, educator, diplomat, politician, and Christian during the pre-World War II period.
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Alfred Hermann Fried is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 57 (1864-1921)
Alfred Hermann Fried was an Austrian Jewish pacifist, publicist, journalist, co-founder of the German peace movement, and winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1911.
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Boudewijn de Groot is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
age 74
Boudewijn de Groot is a famous Dutch singer/songwriter. He is known for the songs "Welterusten Meneer de President", "Het Land van Maas en Waal ", "Jimmy " and ...more
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Amal Hijazi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
age 42
Amal Hijazi is a Lebanese singer and pop icon. She is one of the most active Lebanese singers and has given a number of concerts throughout the world and has made countless TV appearances. After ...more
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Toyohiko Kagawa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 72 (1888-1960)
Toyohiko Kagawa was a Japanese Christian pacifist, Christian reformer, and labour activist. Kagawa wrote, spoke, and worked at length on ways to employ Christian principles in the ordering of ...more
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Carl von Ossietzky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 49 (1889-1938)
Carl von Ossietzky was a German pacifist and the recipient of the 1935 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in exposing the clandestine German re-armament. He was convicted of high treason and ...more
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Masaki Kobayashi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 80 (1916-1996)
Masaki Kobayashi was a Japanese film director.
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Francis Sheehy-Skeffington is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 38 (1878-1916)
Francis Skeffington from Bailieborough, County Cavan, was an Irish suffragist, pacifist and writer. He was a friend and schoolmate of James Joyce, Oliver St. John Gogarty, Tom Kettle, and Conor ...more
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Georg von Arco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 71 (1869-1940)
Georg Wilhelm Alexander Hans Graf von Arco was a German physicist, radio pioneer, and one of the joint founders of the "Society for Wireless Telegraphy" which became the Telefunken ...more
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Makoto Oda is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 75 (1932-2007)
Oda Makoto was a Japanese novelist, peace activist, academic and Time Asian Hero.
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Sydney Silverman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
Dec. at 73 (1895-1968)
Samuel Sydney Silverman was a British Labour politician and vocal opponent of capital punishment.