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

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From reputable, prominent, and well known professors to the lesser known professors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the professor field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous professors ever?" and "What are the names of famous professors?" then you're in the right place. (2084 items)

Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Professors
Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. The first African American to assume the ...more

Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Professors
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Previously, he served as Governor of Arkansas from ...more

Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Professors
Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the ...more

Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Professors
Alexander Graham Bell was an eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell's father, grandfather, and ...more

Ben Bernanke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Professors
Ben Shalom Bernanke is an American economist at the Brookings Institution who served two terms as chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States from 2006 to 2014. During ...more

Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Professors
Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He attained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents ...more

Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Professors
Carl Sagan appeared in the 2012 documentary film Beyond Expression Bright.

Drew Pinsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Professors
David Drew Pinsky, best known as Dr. Drew, is an American board-certified internist, addiction medicine specialist, and media personality. He has hosted the nationally syndicated radio talk show ...more

Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Professors
Elizabeth Ann Warren is an American academic and politician who is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. She was previously a Harvard Law ...more

Alfred Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Professors
Alfred Charles Kinsey was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, now known as the ...more

Cornel West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Professors
Cornel Ronald West is an American philosopher, academic, activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. The son of a Baptist minister, West ...more

Adam Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Professors
Adam Smith was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, and key Scottish Enlightenment figure. Smith is best known for two classic works: The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and ...more

Cass Sunstein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Professors
Cass Robert Sunstein is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics, who was the ...more

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Professors
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, ...more

Erich Segal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Professors
Erich Wolf Segal was an American author, screenwriter, and educator. He was best known for writing the novel Love Story, a best-seller, and writing the motion picture of the same name, which was ...more

Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Professors
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet ...more

Bill Ayers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Professors
William Charles "Bill" Ayers is an American elementary education theorist and a former leader in the counterculture movement who opposed U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. He is ...more

Barbara Harbach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Professors
Barbara Harbach is a composer, harpsichordist, organist and teacher. Since 2004, she has been Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She founded Women in the Arts-St. Louis ...more

Daniel Dennett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Professors
Daniel Clement Dennett III is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, ...more

Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Professors
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

Avery Cardinal Dulles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Professors
Avery Robert Dulles, S.J. was a Jesuit priest, theologian, cardinal of the Catholic Church and served as the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University from ...more

Atiur Rahman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Professors
Atiur Rahman is a Bangladeshi economist and author, currently serving as the Governor of Bangladesh Bank, the central bank of the country.

Elena Kagan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Professors
Elena Kagan is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Kagan is the Court's 112th justice and fourth female justice. Kagan was born and raised in New York City. After ...more

Brian Greene is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Professors
Brian Randolph Greene is an American theoretical physicist and string theorist. He has been a professor at Columbia University since 1996 and chairman of the World Science Festival since ...more

Albert Macovski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Professors
Albert Macovski is an American Professor at Stanford University, known for his many innovations in the area of imaging, particularly in the medical field. He has over 150 patents and has ...more

Andreas Papandreou is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Professors
Andreas G. Papandreou was a Greek economist, a socialist politician and a dominant figure in Greek politics. The son of Georgios Papandreou, Andreas was a Harvard-trained academic. He served two ...more

Benoit Mandelbrot is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Professors
Benoit B. Mandelbrot was a Polish-born, French and American mathematician, noted for developing a "theory of roughness" and "self-similarity" in nature and the field of ...more

Cem Kaner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Professors
Cem Kaner J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Software Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology, and the Director of Florida Tech's Center for Software Testing Education & Research since ...more

Daniel Peterson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Professors
Daniel C. Peterson is a prominent Mormon apologist and professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. He also ...more

Germaine Greer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Professors
Germaine Greer is an Australian theorist, academic and journalist, who is regarded as having been a major feminist voice of the mid-20th century. She resides in the United Kingdom, where she is ...more

Gary L. Francione is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Professors
Gary Lawrence Francione is an American legal scholar. He is the Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law & Philosophy at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. ...more

Camille Paglia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Professors
Camille Anna Paglia is an American academic and social critic. Paglia, a self-described dissident feminist, has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...more

Bjørn Lomborg is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Professors
Bjørn Lomborg is the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and a former director of the Environmental Assessment Institute in Copenhagen. He became internationally known for his ...more

David Foster Wallace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Professors
David Foster Wallace was an American author of novels, short stories and essays, as well as a professor of English and creative writing. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, ...more

Allan Bloom is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Professors
Allan David Bloom was an American philosopher, classicist, and academician. He studied under David Grene, Leo Strauss, Richard McKeon and Alexandre Kojève. He subsequently taught at ...more

Edward Witten is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Professors
Edward Witten is an American theoretical physicist and professor of mathematical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Witten is a researcher in string theory, ...more

Arthur Danto is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Professors
Arthur Coleman Danto was an American art critic and philosopher. He is best known for having been influential, long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics ...more

Barry F. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Professors
Fraser Barry Cooper is a Canadian political scientist at the University of Calgary's Department of Political Science. He teaches courses in political philosophy. Before coming to Calgary, he ...more

George M. Church is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Professors
George Church is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Computational Genetics. With degrees from Duke University in chemistry and zoology, he co-authored ...more

Daniel Pipes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Professors
Daniel Pipes is an American historian, writer, and political commentator. He is the president of the Middle East Forum, and publisher of its Middle East Quarterly journal. His writing focuses on ...more

Drew Gilpin Faust is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Professors
Drew Gilpin Faust, an American historian and professor, is the first female president of Harvard University. A veteran Ivy League professor and administrator, Faust is known especially for her ...more

David Leavitt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Professors
David Leavitt is an American writer of novels, short stories, and non-fiction.

Alister McGrath is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Professors
Alister Edgar McGrath is a Northern Irish theologian, priest, intellectual historian, scientist, and Christian apologist. He currently holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and ...more

Carl Phillips is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Professors
Carl Phillips is an American writer and poet. He is a Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Amy Chua is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Professors
Amy L. Chua, is an American lawyer, writer, and legal scholar. She is the John M. Duff Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She joined the Yale faculty in 2001 after teaching at Duke Law ...more

Barbara Hammer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Professors
Barbara Hammer is an American filmmaker in the genre of experimental films and a professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee. Hammer is known for creating experimental films dealing ...more

Edward Said is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Professors
Edward Wadie Said was a Palestinian American literary theorist and public intellectual who helped found the critical-theory field of postcolonialism. Born in Jerusalem in Mandatory Palestine to ...more

Elie Wiesel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Professors
Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel KBE is a Jewish-American professor and political activist. He is the author of 57 books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the ...more

George Saunders is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Professors
George Saunders is an American writer of short stories, essays, novellas and children's books. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, McSweeney's and GQ. He also contributed a ...more

E. O. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Professors
Edward Osborne "E. O." Wilson FMLS is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he is ...more