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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. 
  • Albert Einstein1

    Albert Einstein

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April...  more

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  • John Lennon2

    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...  more

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  • Mahatma Gandhi3

    Mahatma Gandhi

    Dec. at 79 (1869-1948)

    BirthplacePorbandar, India

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (; 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was an Indian lawyer,...  more

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  • Oscar Wilde4

    Oscar Wilde

    Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)

    BirthplaceIreland, Ireland, Europe, Dublin

    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet...  more

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr.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...  more

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  • Helen Keller6

    Helen Keller

    Dec. at 88 (1880-1968)

    BirthplaceTuscumbia, Alabama, USA

    Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist,...  more

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  • Tank Man7
    Tank Man (also known as the Unknown Protester or Unknown Rebel) is the nickname of an...  more
  • Jeannette Rankin8

    Jeannette Rankin

    Dec. at 93 (1880-1973)

    BirthplaceMissoula, Montana, USA

    Jeannette Pickering Rankin (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973) was an American politician and...  more
  • Aldous Huxley9

    Aldous Huxley

    Dec. at 69 (1894-1963)

    BirthplaceGodalming, England

    Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer and philosopher....  more

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  • Yoko Ono10

    Yoko Ono

    Age: 82

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Yoko Ono (born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American multimedia artist, singer, songwriter...  more

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  • Leo Tolstoy11

    Leo Tolstoy

    Dec. at 82 (1828-1910)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Russia, Yasnaya Polyana

    Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (; Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, tr. Lev Nikoláyevich...  more

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  • James Lawson12

    BirthplaceUniontown, Pennsylvania

    James Lawson may refer to: James Lawson (activist) (born 1928), theoretician and tactician of...  more
  • Nhat Hanh13

    Nhat Hanh

    Age: 94


    Thích Nhất Hạnh (; Vietnamese: [tʰǐk̟ ɲə̌t hâjŋ̟ˀ] (listen); born as Nguyễn Xuân Bảo on...  more

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  • James Bevel14

    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...  more
  • Vera Brittain15

    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...  more
  • Aung San Suu Kyi16

    BirthplaceYangon, Myanmar

    Aung San Suu Kyi (; Burmese: အောင်ဆန်းစုကြည်; MLCTS: aung hcan: cu. krany Burmese...  more

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  • Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama17

    BirthplaceTaktser, China

    The 14th Dalai Lama (born 6 July 1935) is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important...  more

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  • William Penn18

    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...  more
  • Joan Baez19

    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...  more

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  • Anna Politkovskaya20

    Anna Politkovskaya

    Dec. at 48 (1958-2006)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya (Russian: А́нна Степа́новна Политко́вская, IPA: [ˈanːə...  more
  • Jaime Garzón21

    Jaime Garzón

    Dec. at 39 (1960-1999)

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    Jaime Hernando Garzón Forero (October 24, 1960 – August 13, 1999 in Bogotá) was a Colombian...  more
  • Kurt Eisner22

    Kurt Eisner

    Dec. at 52 (1867-1919)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Kurt Eisner (German pronunciation: [kʊɐ̯t ˈʔaɪ̯snɐ]; 14 May 1867 – 21 February 1919) was a...  more
  • Selma Lagerlöf23

    Selma Lagerlöf

    Dec. at 82 (1858-1940)


    Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf (, also US: , Swedish: [²sɛlːma ²lɑːɡɛˌɭøːv] (listen); 20...  more
  • Martin Buber24

    Martin Buber

    Dec. at 87 (1878-1965)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Martin Buber (Hebrew: מרטין בּוּבֶּר‎; German: Martin Buber; Yiddish: מארטין בובער‎‎; February...  more
  • Nana Mouskouri25

    BirthplaceChania, Greece

    Ioanna Mouschouri (born October 13, 1934), known professionally as Nana Mouskouri (Greek: Νάνα...  more