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This list of famous social workers includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top social workers in the world? This includes the most prominent social workers, living and dead, both from America and abroad. For more lists on celebrity humanitarians, here are famous peace activists and male celebrity feminists. This list of notable social workers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted depending on what information you're looking for, such as where these historic social workers 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 social workers.

This list of famous social workers in history includes people like Eunice Kennedy Shriver , Laura Harring, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, and more. From popular social workers to historical social helpers, this list has them all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known social workers to the lesser known social workers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the field of social work. Who are the most famous social workers ever? What are the names of famous social workers?

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Died at 88 (1921-2009) Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver, DSG was a member of the Kennedy family, sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the founder in ...more

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Laura Harring is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Laura Harring age 54 Laura Harring is a Mexican actress. In 1985, Harring became the first Latina woman crowned Miss USA. She later began her acting career in television and film. She is best known for her role as ...more

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Ron Silver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Ron Silver Died at 63 (1946-2009) Ronald Arthur "Ron" Silver was an American actor, director, producer, radio host and political activist.

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Mithun Chakraborty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Mithun Chakraborty age 67 Gouranga Chakraborty, better known by his stage name Mithun Chakraborty, informally referred to as Mithun Da, is an Indian film actor, singer, producer, writer, social worker, entrepreneur and a ...more

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Ralph Waite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Ralph Waite Died at 86 (1928-2014) Ralph Waite was an American actor, voice artist, and political activist, best known for his role as John Walton, Sr. on The Waltons, which he occasionally directed. In addition, Waite appeared ...more

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John Amos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
John Amos age 78 John Amos is an American actor who played James Evans, Sr. on the 1970s television series Good Times. His television work includes roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the miniseries Roots, for ...more

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Periyar E. V. Ramasamy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Periyar E. V. Ramasamy Died at 94 (1879-1973) Erode Venkata Ramasamy, affectionately called by his followers as Periyar or E. V. R., was a social activist, politician and businessman, who started the Self-Respect Movement or the Dravidian ...more

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Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar Died at 71 (1820-1891) Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar CIE, born Ishwar Chandra Bandopadhyay, was an Indian Bengali polymath and a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. He was a philosopher, academic educator, writer, ...more

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Manmohan Singh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Manmohan Singh age 85 Manmohan Singh is an Indian economist who served as the 14th Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. The first Sikh in office, Singh was the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be ...more

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Abigail Folger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Abigail Folger Died at 26 (1943-1969) Abigail Anne Folger was an American socialite, volunteer, civil rights devotee, and member of the prominent Folger family. She was the great-granddaughter of J. A. Folger, the founder of Folgers ...more

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Kelly Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Kelly Johnson Died at 49 (1958-2007) Bernadette Jean "Kelly" Johnson was an English guitarist, widely known in the UK in the early 1980s as the lead guitarist of the all-female British heavy metal band Girlschool.

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A. K. Antony is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
A. K. Antony age 77 Arackaparambil Kurien "A. K." Antony is an Indian politician currently serving as Member of Parliament from the upper house, Rajya Sabha, of Parliament. He formerly served as Defence ...more

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Susan Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Susan Davis age 73 Susan Davis is a politician.

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Muzaffar Ali is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Muzaffar Ali age 73 Rajah Muzaffar Ali is an Indian filmmaker, a fashion designer, a poet, an artist, a music-lover, a revivalist, and a social worker. He belongs to a royal Muslim Rajput family of Kotwara. He is ...more

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Ram Mohan Roy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Ram Mohan Roy Died at 61 (1772-1833) Raja Ram Mohan Roy was a founder of the Brahmo Samaj movement in 1828 which engendered the Brahmo Samaj, an influential Indian socio-religious reform movement. His influence was apparent in the ...more

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Josephine Butler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Josephine Butler Died at 78 (1828-1906) Josephine Elizabeth Butler was a Victorian era British feminist and social reformer who was especially concerned with the welfare of prostitutes. She was intensely religious as an evangelical ...more

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Nilu Phule is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Nilu Phule Died at 79 (1930-2009) Nilu Phule was an Indian actor known for his roles in the Marathi language movies and Marathi theatre. Nilu Phule had acted in around 250 Marathi and Hindi movies during his film career. Phule ...more

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Vikram Gokhale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Vikram Gokhale age 77 Vikram Gokhale is a well known Indian film, television and stage actor, notable for his roles in Marathi theatre and Hindi films and television. He is the son of another well known veteran ...more

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Luis Guzmán is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Luis Guzmán age 61 Luis Guzmán is a Puerto Rican actor, who is known for his character work. For much of Guzmán's career, he has played character roles largely as sidekicks, thugs, or policemen. He ...more

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K. Kamaraj is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
K. Kamaraj Died at 72 (1903-1975) Kumarasami Kamaraj, better known as K. Kamaraj, was an Indian politician from Tamil Nadu widely acknowledged as the "Kingmaker" in Indian politics during the 1960s. He was the chief ...more

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Cicely Saunders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Cicely Saunders Died at 87 (1918-2005) Dame Cicely Mary Saunders, OM, DBE, FRCS, FRCP, FRCN was an English Anglican nurse, social worker, physician and writer, involved with many international universities. She is best known for her ...more

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Abhishek Singhvi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Abhishek Singhvi age 59 Abhishek Manu Singhvi is an Indian politician belonging to Indian National Congress party, he is also a Member of the Parliament of India representing Rajasthan in the Rajya Sabha, the upper ...more

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Smriti Irani is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Smriti Irani age 42 Smriti Zubin Irani is an Indian politician and former model, television actress and producer. She represents the Bharatiya Janata Party and is the incumbent Minister of Human Resource ...more

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Barbara Mikulski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Barbara Mikulski age 81 Barbara Ann Mikulski is the senior United States Senator from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party, serving since 1987. Mikulski, who served in the United States House of ...more

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Mary Pillsbury Lord is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Mary Pillsbury Lord Died at 74 (1904-1978) Mary Pillsbury Lord sometimes referred to as Mrs. Oswald B. Lord was a civic worker and officer in several charitable organizations, as well as serving as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations ...more

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Alexis Herman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Alexis Herman age 70 Alexis M Herman is a businessperson.

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Augustus Nuwagaba is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Augustus Nuwagaba age 54 Augustus Nuwagaba PhD is Ugandan social worker and academic. Currently, he serves as an Associate Professor of Social Work, Population & Poverty in the Department of Social Work & Social ...more

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Marie Woolfolk Taylor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Marie Woolfolk Taylor Died at 67 (1893-1960) Marie Woolfolk Taylor was one of the sixteen founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the first sorority founded by African-American women. The legacy she created in establishing ...more

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Abby May Alcott is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Abby May Alcott Died at 77 (1800-1877) Abigail "Abba" Alcott was the wife of Transcendentalist Amos Bronson Alcott and mother of four daughters, including Civil War novelist Louisa May Alcott. An activist for several ...more

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Goh Sin Tub is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Goh Sin Tub Died at 77 (1927-2004) Goh Sin Tub was a well-known pioneer of Singaporean literature. He was a prolific writer of numerous book titles, which includes bestsellers like the The Nan-Mei-Su Girls of Emerald Hill, The ...more

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Irena Sendler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Irena Sendler Died at 98 (1910-2008) Irena Sendler was a Polish nurse and social worker who served in the Polish Underground in German-occupied Warsaw during World War II, and was head of the children's section of Żegota, the ...more

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Chris Townson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Chris Townson Died at 61 (1947-2008) Chris Townson was a musician, illustrator and social worker. He was a founding member of the 1960s rock group John's Children, and a member of several other bands, including Jook, Jet and Radio ...more

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Teresa Hsu Chih is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Teresa Hsu Chih Died at 113 (1898-2011) Teresa Hsu Chih, or commonly known as Teresa Hsu was a Chinese-born Singaporean social worker, known affectionately as "Singapore's Mother Teresa", in recognition for her active ...more

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Debbie Stabenow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Debbie Stabenow age 67 Deborah Ann "Debbie" Greer Stabenow is the senior United States Senator from Michigan and a member of the Democratic Party. Before her election to the U.S. Senate, she was a member of ...more

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Sudha Murthy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Sudha Murthy age 67 Sudha Murthy is an Indian social worker and writer in the Kannada and English languages. Murthy began her professional career as a computer scientist and engineer. She is the chairperson of the ...more

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Jeannette Rankin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Jeannette Rankin Died at 93 (1880-1973) Jeannette Pickering Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress, in 1916 and again in 1940, from the state of Montana. After winning her House seat in 1916 she said, "I ...more

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Rachel Hulstein-Lowe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Social Workers

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Ron Dellums is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Ron Dellums age 82 Ronald Vernie "Ron" Dellums served as Oakland's forty-eighth mayor. From 1971 to 1998, he was elected to thirteen terms as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Northern ...more

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Pranab Mukherjee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Pranab Mukherjee age 82 Pranab Kumar Mukherjee is the 13th and current President of India, in office since July 2012. In a political career spanning six decades, Mukherjee was a senior leader of the Indian National ...more

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Mary Parker Follett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Mary Parker Follett Died at 65 (1868-1933) Mary Parker Follett was an American social worker, management consultant and pioneer in the fields of organizational theory and organizational behavior. Along with Lillian Gilbreth, Mary Parker ...more

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Rosanna Wong is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Rosanna Wong age 65 Dr Dame Rosanna Wong Yick-ming, DBE, JP, also known by her married name Mrs Rosanna Tam Wong Yick-ming in her former marriage from 1979 lasting until 1992, and primarily known as Dr Rosanna Wong ...more

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Margaret Whitlam is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Margaret Whitlam Died at 93 (1919-2012) Margaret Elaine Whitlam, AO was a prominent Australian and the wife of Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitlam. She was a published author, social worker and former champion swimmer, having ...more

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Alexa McDonough is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Alexa McDonough age 73 Alexa Ann McDonough, OC is a Canadian politician who became the first woman to lead a major, recognized political party in Canada, when she was elected the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party's ...more

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela age 81 Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is a South African activist and politician who has held several government positions and headed the African National Congress Women's League. She is a member of the ...more

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Louise Markus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Louise Markus age 59 Louise Elizabeth Markus, Australian federal politician, is a member of the Australian House of Representatives, initially elected to represent the seat of Greenway in western Sydney for the ...more

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Mariko Yamada is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Mariko Yamada age 67 Mariko Yamada is a former Democratic assemblywoman from California's 4th Assembly district. She was elected in 2008 after defeating West Sacramento mayor Christopher Cabaldon in a competitive ...more

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Fazle Hasan Abed is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Fazle Hasan Abed age 81 Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG is a Bangladeshi Social worker, the founder and chairman of BRAC, the world's largest non-governmental organization with over 100,000 employees. For his contributions to ...more

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Barbara Lee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Barbara Lee age 71 Barbara Jean Lee is the U.S. Representative for California's 13th congressional district, serving East Bay voters from 1998 to 2013 during a time when the region was designated California's 9th ...more

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Gwen Howard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Gwen Howard age 72 Gwen E. Howard is a politician from the U.S. state of Nebraska. She served two terms in the Nebraska Legislature, from 2005 to 2013, representing an Omaha district. Howard was born Gwen E. ...more

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Karen Jeppe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
Karen Jeppe Died at 59 (1876-1935) Karen Jeppe was a Danish missionary and social worker, known for her work aid worker with Ottoman Armenian refugees and survivals of the Armenian Genocide, mainly widows and orphans, from 1903 ...more