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List of Famous Social Workers

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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

    Dec. at 88 (1921-2009)

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts

    Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver, DSG (July 10, 1921 – August 11, 2009) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 2

    BirthplaceLos Mochis, Mexico

    Laura Elena, Countess von Bismarck-Schönhausen (née Martínez-Herring; March 3, 1964), commonly... more on Wikipedia
  • 3

    Ron Silver

    Dec. at 63 (1946-2009)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Ronald Arthur Silver (July 2, 1946 – March 15, 2009) was an American actor, director,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4

    BirthplaceBangladesh, Barisal

    Gourang Chakraborty (born 16 June 1950), better known by his stage name Mithun Chakraborty... more on Wikipedia
  • 5

    Ralph Waite

    Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)

    BirthplaceUSA, White Plains, New York

    Ralph Waite (June 22, 1928 – February 13, 2014) was an American actor and political activist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6

    John Amos

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    John Allen Amos Jr. (born December 27, 1939) is an American actor known for his roles as... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7

    Periyar E. V. Ramasamy

    Dec. at 94 (1879-1973)

    BirthplaceErode, India

    Erode Venkatappa Ramasamy (17 September 1879 – 24 December 1973), commonly known as Periyar,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8

    Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

    Dec. at 71 (1820-1891)

    BirthplaceBengal Presidency

    Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar CIE (26 September 1820 – 29 July 1891), born Ishwar Chandra... more on Wikipedia
  • 9

    BirthplaceGah, Pakistan, Pakistan

    Manmohan Singh (Punjabi: [mənˈmoːɦən ˈsɪ́ŋɡ] (listen); born 26 September 1932) is an Indian... more on Wikipedia
  • 10

    Abigail Folger

    Dec. at 26 (1943-1969)


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  • 11

    Kelly Johnson

    Dec. at 49 (1958-2007)

    BirthplaceEdmonton, London, London, England

    Bernadette Jean "Kelly" Johnson (20 June 1958 – 15 July 2007) was an English guitarist, widely... more on Wikipedia
  • 12

    BirthplaceCherthala, India

    Arackaparambil Kurien Antony, better known as A. K. Antony (born 28 December 1940) is an... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    BirthplaceCambridge, Area code 617, Middlesex County, United States of America, United States

    Susan Carol Alpert Davis (born April 13, 1944) is the U.S. Representative for California's... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    BirthplaceLucknow, India

    Muzaffar Ali, actual Raja of Kotwara (born 21 October 1944), is an Indian filmmaker, fashion... more on Wikipedia
  • 15

    Ram Mohan Roy

    Dec. at 61 (1772-1833)

    BirthplaceRadhanagore, India

    Raja Ram Mohan Roy or Raja Rammohun Roy (22 May 1772 – 27 September 1833) was one of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 16

    Josephine Butler

    Dec. at 78 (1828-1906)

    BirthplaceNorthumberland, United Kingdom

    Josephine Elizabeth Butler (née Grey; 13 April 1828 – 30 December 1906) was an English... more on Wikipedia
  • 17

    Nilu Phule

    Dec. at 79 (1930-2009)

    BirthplacePune, India

    Nilu Phule (died 13 July 2009) was an Indian actor known for his roles in the Marathi language... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    BirthplacePune, India

    Vikram Gokhale is an Indian film, television and stage actor, notable for his roles in Marathi... more on Wikipedia
  • 19

    BirthplaceCayey, United States, with Territories

    Luis Guzmán (born August 28, 1956) is a Puerto Rican actor from Barbara Goldman high school,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20

    K. Kamaraj

    Dec. at 72 (1903-1975)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Virudhunagar district, India, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu

    Kumaraswami Kamaraj (15 July 1903 – 2 October 1975), was a leader of the INC, widely... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    Cicely Saunders

    Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)

    BirthplaceBarnet, United Kingdom

    Dame Cicely Mary Saunders, OM DBE FRCS FRCP FRCN (22 June 1918 – 14 July 2005) was an English... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    BirthplaceJodhpur, India

    Abhishek Manu Singhvi (born 24 February 1959) is an Indian lawyer and politician. As... more on Wikipedia
  • 23

    BirthplaceDelhi, Eurasia, India

    Smriti Zubin Irani (née Malhotra; 23 March 1976) is an Indian politician, former model,... more on Wikipedia
  • 24

    BirthplaceHighlandtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    Barbara Ann Mikulski (born July 20, 1936) is an American politician who served as a United... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    Mary Pillsbury Lord

    Dec. at 74 (1904-1978)

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota

    Mary Pillsbury Lord sometimes referred to as Mrs. Oswald B. Lord was a civic worker and... more on Wikipedia