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

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From reputable, prominent, and well known teachers to the lesser known teachers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the teacher field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous teachers ever?" and "What are the names of famous teachers?" then you're in the right place. (2460 items)
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Teachers
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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 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992, and the state's Attorney General from 1977 to 1979. A member of the Democratic Party, ...more

Age: 70

Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, USA

Profession: Statesman, Politician, Author, Lawyer, Teacher

Credits: Fire in the Blood, The Final Days, The Last Party, Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story

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James Franco is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Teachers
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James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks. He later played the title character in the TV biographical film James Dean, for which he won a ...more

Age: 38

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Film Editor, Author, + more

Credits: 127 Hours, Spider-Man, This Is the End, Spider-Man 2

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Teachers
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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 two pillars of modern physics. Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence ...more

Age: Died at 76 (1879-1955)

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist, Author, + more

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Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Teachers
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Gene Simmons is an Israeli-born American rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and television personality. Known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the bass guitarist/co-lead vocalist of Kiss, the rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s. With Kiss, ...more

Age: 67

Birthplace: Tirat Carmel, Israel

Profession: Bassist, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Television producer, + more

Credits: Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection

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