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List of Famous Scholars

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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 Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, academic, and...  more

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    Enoch Powell

    Dec. at 86 (1912-1998)
    John Enoch Powell (16 June 1912 – 8 February 1998) was a British politician, classical...  more

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    Dec. at 75 (973-1048)
    Abū Rayḥān Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad Al-Bīrūnī (Persian: ابوریحان محمد بن احمد البیرونی‎ Abū Rayḥān...  more
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    Joseph Campbell

    Dec. at 83 (1904-1987)
    Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American Professor of...  more
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    Sigmund Freud

    Dec. at 83 (1856-1939)
    Sigmund Freud ( FROYD; German: [ˈziːkmʊnt ˈfʁɔʏt]; born Sigismund Schlomo Freud; 6 May 1856 –...  more

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    Will Roscoe (February 8, 1955) is an American activist, scholar, and author based in San...  more
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    Barry Bishop

    Dec. at 62 (1932-1994)
    Barry Chapman Bishop (January 13, 1932 – September 24, 1994) was an American mountaineer,...  more
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    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

    Dec. at 62 (1942-2004)
    Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa (September 26, 1942 – May 15, 2004) was an American scholar of...  more
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    Nicolaus Copernicus

    Dec. at 70 (1473-1543)
    Nicolaus Copernicus (; Polish: Mikołaj Kopernik; German: Nikolaus Kopernikus; Niklas...  more

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    Christopher Hogwood

    Dec. at 73 (1941-2014)
    Christopher Jarvis Haley Hogwood (10 September 1941 – 24 September 2014) was an English...  more
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    Aḥmad ibn Mūsā ibn Shākir

    Abū al‐Qāsim, Aḥmad ibn Mūsā ibn Shākir was a scholar....
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    Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, political activist, social...  more
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    Abū Jaʿfar, Muḥammad ibn Mūsā ibn Shākir was a scholar....  more
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    Adam Smith

    Dec. at 67 (1723-1790)
    Adam Smith (16 June [O.S. 5 June] 1723 – 17 July 1790) was a Scottish economist, philosopher...  more

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    Jean-Jacques Lebel (born in Paris on June 30th, 1936) is a French artist, poet, translator,...  more
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    Michael Berenbaum (born July 31, 1945 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American scholar,...  more
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    Dec. at 70 (1136-1206)
    Badīʿ az-Zaman Abu l-ʿIzz ibn Ismāʿīl ibn ar-Razāz al-Jazarī (1136–1206, Arabic: بديع الزمان...  more
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    Fathullah Shirazi (c. 1582), sometimes referred to as Amir Fathullah Shirazi, was a...  more
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    Julie Kane

    Age: 68
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    Fred Wah

    Age: 81
    Frederick James Wah, OC, (born January 23, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, scholar and...  more
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    Christopher Brennan

    Dec. at 62 (1870-1932)
    Christopher John Brennan (1 November 1870 – 5 October 1932) was an Australian poet, scholar...  more
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    Desiderius Erasmus

    Dec. at 70 (1466-1536)
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    Robert Hooke

    Dec. at 68 (1635-1703)
    Robert Hooke FRS was an English natural philosopher, architect and polymath. His adult life...  more

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