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List of famous scholars, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top scholars in the world? This includes the most prominent scholars, living and dead, both in America and abroad. Several of these scholars also appear on our lists of celebrities with high IQs and the hottest female geniuses. This list of notable scholars is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic scholars 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 scholars.

This list of the greatest scholars includes Angela Davis, Sigmund Freud, Cornel West, Nicolaus Copernicus, and more.

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

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Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Age: 75

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, academic, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist in the 1960s working with the Communist ...more
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Enoch Powell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Dec. at 86 (1912-1998)

Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom

John Enoch Powell (16 June 1912 – 8 February 1998) was a British politician, classical scholar, author, linguist, soldier, philologist and poet. He served as a Conservative Member of Parliament ...more

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Al-Biruni is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Dec. at 75 (973-1048)

Birthplace: Khwarezm

Abū Rayḥān Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad Al-Bīrūnī (Persian: ابوریحان محمد بن احمد البیرونی‎ Abū Rayḥān Bērōnī; New Persian: Abū Rayḥān Bīrūnī) (973–after 1050), known as Biruni (Persian: بیرونی‎) or ...more
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Joseph Campbell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Dec. at 83 (1904-1987)

Birthplace: White Plains, New York, USA

Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work ...more
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Sigmund Freud is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Dec. at 83 (1856-1939)

Birthplace: Příbor, Czech Republic

Sigmund Freud ( FROYD; German: [ˈziːkmʊnt ˈfʁɔʏt]; born Sigismund Schlomo Freud; 6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method ...more

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Will Roscoe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Age: 64

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Will Roscoe (February 8, 1955) is an American activist, scholar, and author based in San Francisco, California.
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Barry Bishop is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Dec. at 62 (1932-1994)

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

Barry Chapman Bishop (January 13, 1932 – September 24, 1994) was an American mountaineer, scientist, photographer and scholar. With teammates Jim Whittaker, Lute Jerstad, Willi Unsoeld and Tom ...more
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Gloria E. Anzaldú... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Dec. at 62 (1942-2004)

Birthplace: Rio Grande Valley

Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa (September 26, 1942 – May 15, 2004) was an American scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She loosely based her best-known ...more
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Nicolaus Copernicus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Dec. at 70 (1473-1543)

Birthplace: Toruń, Second Polish Republic

Nicolaus Copernicus (; Polish: Mikołaj Kopernik; German: Nikolaus Kopernikus; Niklas Koppernigk; 19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543) was a Renaissance-era mathematician and astronomer, who ...more

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Christopher Hogwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Dec. at 73 (1941-2014)

Birthplace: Nottingham, United Kingdom

Christopher Jarvis Haley Hogwood (10 September 1941 – 24 September 2014) was an English conductor, harpsichordist, writer, and musicologist. Founder of the early music ensemble the Academy of ...more
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Aḥmad ibn Mūsā ibn Shāki... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Aḥmad ibn Mūsā ibn Shākir
Abū al‐Qāsim, Aḥmad ibn Mūsā ibn Shākir was a scholar.
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Cornel West is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Age: 65

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual. The son of a Baptist minister, West focuses on the role of ...more
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Muḥammad ibn Mūsá... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Abū Jaʿfar, Muḥammad ibn Mūsā ibn Shākir was a scholar.
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Adam Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Dec. at 67 (1723-1790)

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Kirkcaldy, Fife, United Kingdom, + more

Adam Smith (16 June [O.S. 5 June] 1723 – 17 July 1790) was a Scottish economist, philosopher and author as well as a moral philosopher, a pioneer of political economy and a key figure during the ...more

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Jean-Jacques Lebel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Age: 83

Birthplace: Paris, France

Jean-Jacques Lebel (born in Paris on June 30th, 1936) is a French artist, poet, translator, poetry publisher, political activist, art collector, and art historian. Besides his heterogeneous ...more
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Michael Berenbaum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Age: 73

Birthplace: United States of America

Michael Berenbaum (born July 31, 1945 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American scholar, professor, rabbi, writer, and filmmaker, who specializes in the study of the Holocaust. He served as Deputy ...more
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Al-Jazari is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Dec. at 70 (1136-1206)

Birthplace: Cizre, Turkey

Badīʿ az-Zaman Abu l-ʿIzz ibn Ismāʿīl ibn ar-Razāz al-Jazarī (1136–1206, Arabic: بديع الزمان أَبُ اَلْعِزِ إبْنُ إسْماعِيلِ إبْنُ الرِّزاز الجزري‎, IPA: [ældʒæzæriː]) was a ...more
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Fathullah Shirazi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Fathullah Shirazi (c. 1582), sometimes referred to as Amir Fathullah Shirazi, was a Persian-Indian polymath—a scholar, Islamic jurist, finance minister, mechanical engineer, inventor, ...more
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Julie Kane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Age: 67

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Disambiguation: for the character voiced by Kate Micucci see Motorcity#Protagonists.Julie Kane (born July 20, 1952 in Boston) is a contemporary American poet, scholar, and editor and the ...more
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Fred Wah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Age: 80

Birthplace: Swift Current, Canada

Frederick James Wah, OC, (born January 23, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, scholar and former Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate.
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Christopher Brennan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Dec. at 62 (1870-1932)

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, New South Wales, Oceania, Australasia, Sydney, + more

Christopher John Brennan (1 November 1870 – 5 October 1932) was an Australian poet, scholar and literary critic.
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Claudio Magris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Age: 79
Claudio Magris is a writer.
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Abigail Disney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Age: 59

Birthplace: California

Abigail E. Disney (born January 24, 1960) is an American documentary filmmaker, philanthropist, and social activist. She produced the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, and is the ...more
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Desiderius Erasmus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Desiderius Erasmus Dec. at 70 (1466-1536)

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (; 28 October 1466 – 12 July 1536), known as Erasmus or Erasmus of Rotterdam, was a Dutch philosopher and Christian humanist who is widely considered to have been ...more

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Robert Hooke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Scholars
Dec. at 68 (1635-1703)

Birthplace: Freshwater, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Robert Hooke FRS was an English natural philosopher, architect and polymath. His adult life comprised three distinct periods: as a scientific inquirer lacking money; achieving great wealth and ...more