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List of famous educators, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top educators in the world? This includes the most prominent educators, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable educators is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic educators 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 educators.

List ranges from Bill Cosby to Marshall McLuhan, plus much more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known educators to the lesser known educators of today, these are some of the best professionals in the educator field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous educators ever?" and "What are the names of famous educators?" then you're in the right place. (984 items)

Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Educators
Bill Cosby William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist. Cosby's start in stand-up began at the hungry i in San Francisco which was followed by ...more

Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Educators
Newt Gingrich Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich is an American politician, historian, author and political consultant. He represented Georgia's 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1979 until ...more

Charlie Korsmo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Educators
Charlie Korsmo Charles Randolph "Charlie" Korsmo is an American former child actor turned lawyer.

Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Educators
Will.i.am Will.i.am is a winner of the 2013 Honorary Clio Award.

Nina Hartley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Educators
Nina Hartley Nina Hartley is an American pornographic actress, pornographic film director, sex educator, sex-positive feminist, and author.

Booker T. Washington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Educators
Booker T. Washington Booker Taliaferro Washington was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the ...more

Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Educators
Bill Nye William Sanford "Bill" Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, scientist, and former mechanical ...more

Robby Benson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Educators
Robby Benson Robby Benson is an American film and television actor, television director, educator and singer.

Marcus Foster is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Educators
Marcus Foster Marcus Aurelius Foster was an African-American educator who gained a national reputation for educational excellence while serving as principal of Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, ...more

Maria Montessori is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Educators
Maria Montessori Maria Tecla Artemesia Montessori was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. Her educational ...more

Marshall McLuhan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Educators
Marshall McLuhan Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC was a Canadian philosopher of communication theory and a public intellectual. His work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as ...more

Adam Savage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Educators
Adam Savage Adam Whitney Savage is an American industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator, actor, educator, and television personality, known as one of two co-hosts of the Discovery Channel ...more

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Charles W. J. Withers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Educators
Charles W. J. Withers Professor Charles W. J. Withers FBA, FRSE, FAcSS is professor of historical geography at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Educators
Angela Davis Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, ...more

Fred Rogers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Educators
Fred Rogers Fred Rogers was an actor and screenwriter.

Mary McLeod Bethune is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Educators
Mary McLeod Bethune Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, was an American educator and life rights leader best known for starting a private school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. She attracted ...more

Roberta Bondar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Educators
Roberta Bondar Roberta Bondar OC O.Ont FRCP FRSC is Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. Following more than a decade as NASA's head of space medicine, Bondar became a consultant ...more

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Ian Bradley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Educators
Ian Bradley Ian Campbell Bradley is a British academic, author, theologian, Church of Scotland minister, journalist and broadcaster. At the University of St Andrews, he is Reader in Practical Theology and ...more

Samuel R. Delany is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Educators
Samuel R. Delany Samuel Ray Delany, Jr., Chip Delany to his friends, is an American author, professor and literary critic. His work includes fiction, memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society. His ...more

Geoffrey Canada is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Educators
Geoffrey Canada Geoffrey Canada is an American educator, social activist and author. Since 1990, Canada has been president of the Harlem Children's Zone in Harlem, New York, an organization that states its goal ...more

Charles Gordone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Educators
Charles Gordone Charles Gordone was an American playwright, actor, director, and educator. He was the first African American to win the annual Pulitzer Prize for Drama and he devoted much of his professional ...more

Peter Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Educators
Peter Ustinov Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE was an English actor, writer and dramatist. He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, ...more

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Frank Lloyd Wright is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Educators
Frank Lloyd Wright Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing ...more

Pete Hamill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Educators
Pete Hamill Pete Hamill is an American journalist, novelist, essayist, editor and educator. Widely traveled and having written on a broad range of topics, he is perhaps best known for his career as a New ...more

William Morris Meredith, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Educators
William Morris Meredith, Jr. William Morris Meredith, Jr. was an American poet and educator. He was Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1978 to 1980.

James Randi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Educators
James Randi James Randi is a Canadian-American retired stage magician and scientific skeptic best known for his challenges to paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Randi is the co-founder of Committee for ...more

Charles E. Merrill, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Educators
Charles E. Merrill, Jr. Charles E. Merrill Jr., is an American educator, author and philanthropist, best known for supporting historically black colleges and founding the Commonwealth School in Boston.

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John Searle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Educators
John Searle John Rogers Searle is an American philosopher and currently the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Widely noted for his contributions to the philosophy of ...more

Charles E. Saunders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Educators
Charles E. Saunders Sir Charles Edward Saunders, FRSC was a Canadian agronomist. He was the inventor of Marquis Wheat. Born in London, Canada West, he received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in ...more

Taha Hussein is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Educators
Taha Hussein Taha Hussein, was one of the most influential 20th century Egyptian writers and intellectuals, and a figurehead for the The Egyptian Renaissance and the modernist movement in the Middle East and ...more

Stedman Graham is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Educators
Stedman Graham Stedman Graham, Jr. is an American educator, author, businessman and speaker, although he is primarily known as the partner of media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Graham and Winfrey were engaged to be ...more

Jonathan Kozol is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Educators
Jonathan Kozol Jonathan Kozol is an American writer, educator, and activist. best known for his books on public education in the United States.

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Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Educators
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar 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

David B. Yoffie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Educators
David B. Yoffie David B. Yoffie is the Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Yoffie received his Bachelor's degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa ...more

Kenji Yoshino is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Educators
Kenji Yoshino Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. Formerly, he was the Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at ...more

Elizabeth E. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Educators
Elizabeth E. Bailey Elizabeth Ellery Bailey is an American economist. She is John C. Hower Professor of Business and Public Policy, at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has been Director of ...more

Jean-Michel Cousteau is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Educators
Jean-Michel Cousteau Jean-Michel Cousteau is a French explorer, environmentalist, educator, and film producer. The first son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, he is the father of Fabien Cousteau and Céline

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Salman Khan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Educators
Salman Khan Salman Amin Khan is a Bengali American teacher, entrepreneur, and former hedge fund analyst. He is the founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and a 501 organization. From ...more

Andrew Harvey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Educators
Andrew Harvey Andrew Harvey is an author, religious scholar and teacher of mystic traditions, known primarily for his popular nonfiction books on spiritual or mystical themes, beginning with his 1983 A ...more

Septima Poinsette Clark is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Educators
Septima Poinsette Clark Septima Poinsette Clark was an American educator and civil rights activist. Clark developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role in the drive for voting rights ...more

Francisco Moreno is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Educators
Francisco Moreno Francisco Pascasio Moreno was a prominent explorer and academic in Argentina, where he is usually referred to as Perito Moreno. Perito Moreno has been credited as one of the most influential ...more

Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Educators
Michael Jackson Michael D. Jackson is a New Zealand poet and anthropologist who has taught in anthropology departments at Massey University, the Australian National University, Indiana University Bloomington, ...more

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Igor Kufayev is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Educators
Igor Kufayev Igor Anvar Kufayev, is a Russian British artist, yogi and spiritual teacher. Also known as 'Vamadeva', which means "preserving aspect of Shiva in his peaceful, graceful and poetic

Cheryl Clarke is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Educators
Cheryl Clarke Cheryl L. Clarke is a writer, educator and lesbian Black feminist activist.

Max Roach is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Educators
Max Roach Maxwell Lemuel "Max" Roach was an American jazz percussionist, drummer, and composer. A pioneer of bebop, Roach went on to work in many other styles of music, and is generally ...more

Buffy Sainte-Marie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Educators
Buffy Sainte-Marie Buffy Sainte-Marie, OC is a Canadian-American Cree singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist. Throughout her career in all of these areas, her ...more

Amos Bronson Alcott is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Educators
Amos Bronson Alcott Amos Bronson Alcott was an American teacher, writer, philosopher, and reformer. As an educator, Alcott pioneered new ways of interacting with young students, focusing on a conversational style, ...more

Jesmyn Ward is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Educators
Jesmyn Ward Jesmyn Ward is an American novelist and an associate professor of English at Tulane University. She won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and a 2012 Alex Award with her second novel ...more

Babatunde Olatunji is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Educators
Babatunde Olatunji Babatunde Olatunji was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist and recording artist.

Shelly Berg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Educators
Shelly Berg Shelton Glen Berg is a jazz pianist from Cleveland, Ohio. His father was trumpet player Jay Berg. At the age of six Shelly Berg entered the Cleveland Institute of Music studying classical piano. ...more