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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
Dec. 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
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
Dec. 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
age 68
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
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
age 79
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 86
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 78
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
age 74
Susan Davis is a politician.

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Muzaffar Ali is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Social Workers
age 74
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 78
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
age 62
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 60
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
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
age 82
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
Dec. 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