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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.

List features Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and more.

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. (2081 items)
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Professors
Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the ...more

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Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Professors
Alexander Graham Bell ('Graham' pronounced ) (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was a Scottish-born American inventor, scientist, and engineer who is credited with inventing and patenting the ...more

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Ben Bernanke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Professors
Carl Edward Sagan (; November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in ...more

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Drew Pinsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Professors
Elizabeth Ann Warren (née Herring; born June 22, 1949) is an American politician and former academic serving as the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts since 2013. She was ...more

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Alfred Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Cornel West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Adam Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Cass Sunstein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Professors
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A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Erich Segal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Bill Ayers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Barbara Harbach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Daniel Dennett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Avery Cardinal Dulles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Professors
Avery Robert Dulles, S.J. (; August 24, 1918 – December 12, 2008) was a Jesuit priest, theologian and cardinal of the Catholic Church. Dulles served on the faculty of Woodstock College from 1960 ...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
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Brian Greene is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Professors
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Albert Macovski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Professors
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