People by name, B with Quotes

1,088 people with 19,421 quotes

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B. K. S. Iyengar100B.K.S. Iyengar or Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar ( December 14, 1918 – August 20, 2014), was the founder of the style of yoga known as "Iyengar Yoga" and was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He has written many books on yoga practice and philosophy including "Light on Yoga", "Light on Pranayama", and "Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali".
Ba Jin27Li Yaotang 李尧棠 (or Li Feigan; Zi: 芾甘) (November 25 1904 – October 17 2005) was a Chinese writer and anarchist; he was most famous under his pen name of Ba Jin (巴金, also written Pa Chin). He created this pseudonym in 1929 from the first syllable of Bakunin and of the last syllable of Kropotkin, the famous Russian anarchists.
Bab71The Báb باب‎ Siyyid `Alí Muhammad سيد علی ‌محمد‎ (20 October 1819 – 9 July 1850) the founder of Bábism, was a merchant from Shiraz, Persia, who at the age of twenty-four claimed to be a new and independent Manifestation of God and the promised Qá'im (or Mihdí). After his declaration he took on the title of the Báb meaning the "Gateway", by which he is primarily known. Several years after his execution by firing squad Bahá'u'lláh claimed to fulfill the Báb's prophecy of "He whom God shall make manifest" and founded the Bahá'í Faith.
Baba Amte38Dr Murlidhar Devidas Amte (December 26, 1914 – February 9, 2008) was a highly dedicated Indian social worker for the cause of rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people, particularly those suffering from leprosy. He gave up all his luxurious way of living. He gave up his wealth and established three ashrams for treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy patients, disabled people, and people from marginalized sections of the society in Maharashtra, India, of which Anandwan was the precursor. He also adopted non-violent means to fight the Indian government for independence, along with Mahatma Gandhi, and was also imprisoned in the 1942 Quit India movement. He was the recipient of many international and national awards of which the most prominent are: The Ramon Magsaysay Award; the Padma Vibhushan, the highest civilian honour of the Government of India; and the Gandhi Peace Prize.
Baba Makhan Shah Labana2Makhan Shah Labana, also written as Lobana (b. July 7, 1619) was a devout Sikh and a rich trader from Tanda district Jhelum (now in Pakistan). He is called "The discoverer of the ninth Nanak" for his famous act of finding the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur in Bakala, India in around 1665.
Baba of Shirdi, Sai27Sai Baba of Shirdi (in the Ahmednagar district) or Shirdi Sai Baba (circa 1838 - 15 October 1918; his real name, birthplace and date of birth are unknown) was an Indian guru and fakir who is regarded by his Hindu and Muslim followers as a saint. In his life and teachings he tried to embrace and reconcile both faiths: he lived in a mosque, was buried in a Hindu temple, embraced Hindu and Muslim practices and taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions.
Baba, Sathya Sai45Sathya Sai Baba (23 November 1926 – 24 April 2011), born Sathya Narayana Raju, was a popular Indian guru.
Babaji, Haidakhan45Haidakhan Babaji (Unknown–1984-02-14) was a yogi and spiritual teacher who lived in the Kumaon Region of Northern India. Because there was no information about his birth or parents, his followers maintain that Babaji was a Maha-Avatar (a manifestation of God not born from a woman).
Babbage, Charles33Charles Babbage (26 December, 1791 – 18 October, 1871) was an English mathematician, analytical philosopher and the first computer scientist who originated the idea of a programmable computer. He worked along with Ada Lovelace.
Babbitt, Irving20Irving Babbitt (August 2, 1865 – July 15, 1933) was an American academic and literary critic, noted for his founding role in a movement that became known as the New Humanism.
Babbitt, Milton6Milton Babbitt (May 10, 1916 – January 29, 2011) was an American composer. He is particularly noted for his pioneering serial and electronic music.
Babinet, Jacques1Jacques Babinet (March 5, 1794 – October 21, 1872) was a French physicist, mathematician, and astronomer who is best known for his contributions to optics.
Baboulene, David8David "Windy" Baboulene (born March 13, 1960) is a British author of humorous books on ships and travel, as well as illustrated children's books and books on Story Theory.
Babur3Zahir-ud-Din Muhammad Babur or Babur (February 14, 1483 – December 26, 1530) was a descendant of Genghis Khan and Timur; Babur was a military adventurer, a soldier of distinction, a poet, diarist and statesman. Babur was the first Mughal Emperor and founder of the Mughal Empire.
Bacall, Lauren21Lauren Bacall (16 September 1924 - 12 August 2014) was a Jewish American film and stage actress. She was the wife of Humphrey Bogart until his death, and afterwards married Jason Robards.
Bacevich, Andrew2Andrew J. Bacevich (born 1947) is a professor of international relations at Boston University, former director of its Center for International Relations (from 1998 to 2005), and author of several books about U.S. foreign policy.
Bach, Carl Phillipp Emanuel3Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (8 March 1714 – 14 December 1788) was a German musician and composer.
Bach, Erich von dem9Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (March 1, 1899 – March 8, 1972), born Erich Julius Eberhard von Zelewski, was a Nazi official and a member of the SS, in which he reached the rank of SS-Obergruppenführer. In exchange for his testimony against his former superiors at the Nuremberg Trials, von dem Bach never faced trial for any war crimes. In 1961, he received an additional sentence of ten years imprisonment. None of the sentences referred to his role in the East and his participation in the massacres, though he openly admitted to having murdered Jews. He died in a Munich prison on March 8, 1972. It has been said that Hitler particularly admired von dem Bach's ruthlessness and ingenuity.
Bach, Johann Sebastian5Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March (O.S. 21 March) 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician, notably organist and harpsichordist, but also violinist and violist. Bach is now generally regarded as one of the main composers of the Baroque period, and his works are now considered to be among the greatest in the Western classical tradition.
Bach, Richard64Richard Bach (born 23 June 1936) is an American author.
Bacharach, Burt1Burt Bacharach (born 12 May 1928) is an American songwriter. For most of his songs, the lyrics are by Hal David.
Bachchan, Amitabh66Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan (Hindi: अमिताभ बच्चन, IPA: /əmitaːbʱ bətʃːən/; born October 11, 1942) is an Indian film actor in Hindi cinema.
Bachelard, Gaston27Gaston Bachelard (June 27, 1884 – October 16, 1962) was a French philosopher of science and literary critic.
Bachelot, Roselyne1Roselyne Bachelot (born December 24 1946) is the French Minister of Environment.
Bachmann, Michele49Michele Bachmann (born April 6, 1956) is a Republican State Representative for Minnesota's 6th congressional district.
Bacigalupi, Paolo21Paolo Tadini Bacigalupi (born August 6, 1972) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer.
Backhaus, Wilhelm4Wilhelm Backhaus ('Bachaus' on some record labels) (March 26, 1884 – July 5, 1969) was a German pianist and pedagogue.
Backus, John3John Warner Backus (December 3, 1924 – March 17, 2007) was an American computer scientist and winner of the 1977 Turing Award. He led the team that invented FORTRAN, the first widely used high-level programming language, and was the inventor of Backus-Naur form (BNF), the almost universally used notation to define formal language syntax. He also helped to popularize function-level programming.
Bacon, Francis215Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman and essayist.
Bacon, Francis1Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was an Anglo-Irish figurative painter, a collateral descendant of the Elizabethan philosopher Francis Bacon. His artwork is well-known for its bold, austere, and often grotesque or nightmarish imagery
Bacon, Roger28Roger Bacon (c. 1214 – 1294), also known as Doctor Mirabilis (Latin: "wonderful teacher"), was an English theologian, philosopher and Franciscan friar. An English philosopher who placed considerable emphasis on empiricism, he was one of the earliest European advocates of the modern scientific method. Later studies have emphasized his reliance on occult and alchemical traditions. All his theoretical writings were originally in Latin.
Badawi, Abdullah Ahmad1Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi (born 26 November 1939) is a Malaysian politician who served as prime minister from 2003 to 2009.
Baddiel, David3David Baddiel (born 28 May 1964) is a British comedian, writer and television presenter.
Baden-Powell, Robert13Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell of Gilwell (22 February 1857 – 8 January 1941) was a soldier, writer and founder of the world Scouting movement. He was the grandson of William Henry Smyth.
Badian, Ernst1Ernst Badian (born 1925-08-08) is an Austrian-born classical scholar who served as a professor at Harvard University from 1971 to 1998.
Badiou, Alain10Alain Badiou (born January 17, 1937) is a French philosopher.
Badnarik, Michael13Michael J. Badnarik (born August 1, 1954) is an American software engineer, political figure, and educator.  He was the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2004 elections, and placed fourth in the race, slightly behind independent candidate Ralph Nader.
Badoglio, Pietro17Pietro Badoglio (September 28, 1871 – November 1, 1956) was an Italian soldier and politician. He was a member of the National Fascist Party and fought alongside his nation's troops under Benito Mussolini in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War; his efforts gained him the title Duke of Addis Abeba. He eventually signed an armistice with the Allies. Eventually from Malta on October 13, Badoglio and the Kingdom of Italy declared war against Nazi Germany. Badoglio did not stay as Prime Minister for long however, as world opinion at that stage desired a person with a non-Fascist past to head the government. By 1944, Badoglio was replaced by Ivanoe Bonomi of the Labour Democratic Party. He was never tried for war crimes by the allies because he helped them in the invasion of Italy.
Baedeker, Karl1Karl Baedeker (3 November 1801 – 4 October 1859) was a German publisher whose company Baedeker set the standard for authoritative guidebooks for tourists.
Baeyer, Hans Christian Von25Hans Christian von Baeyer (born 1938) is a Chancellor Professor of Physics at the College of William and Mary.
Baez, Joan4Joan Chandos Báez (born 9 January 1941) is an American folk singer and songwriter, known for her distinctive vocal style as well as her outspoken political views.
Bagehot, Walter31Walter Bagehot (February 3 1826 – March 24 1877) was a British businessman, essayist and journalist who wrote about literature, government and economics.
Baggio, Roberto9Roberto Baggio (18 February 1967) is a retired Italian football forward and attacking midfielder/playmaker who was the former President of the Technical Sector of the FIGC.
Bagramyan, Hovhannes7Hovhannes Khachatury Bagramyan (December 2 O.S. November 20 1897 – September 21, 1982), also known as Ivan Khristoforovich Bagramyan, was a Soviet Armenian military commander and Marshal of the Soviet Union. During World War II, Bagramyan was the first non-Slavic military officer to become a commander of a Front and was among several Armenians in the Soviet Army who held the highest proportion of high ranking officers in the Soviet military during the war.
Bahá'u'lláh21Bahá'u'lláh (ba-haa-ol-laa بهاءالله Arabic for "Glory of God") (12 November 1817 – 29 May 1892), born Mírzá Husayn-`Alí (Persian:میرزا حسین علی), was the founder of the Bahá'í Faith, and father of `Abdu'l-Bahá. Bahá'u'lláh authored many religious works, most notably the Kitáb-i-Aqdas and the Book of Certitude.
Bahcall, John N.1John Norris Bahcall (December 30, 1934 – August 17, 2005) was an American astrophysicist, best known for his contributions to the solar neutrino problem, the development of the Hubble Space Telescope and for his leadership and development of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Bai Chongxi2Bai Chongxi (白崇禧) (18 March 1893 – 1 December 1966), a Hui, was born in was born in Guilin, Guangxi, China. He became a General in the National Revolutionary Army, Chairman of the Chinese Muslim Association, and the Defence Minister of the Republic of China.
Bai Juyi8Bai Juyi (Chinese: 白居易; 772–846) was a Chinese poet.
Bai, Jushan1Jushan Bai (born ca. 1960) an American economist, and Professor of Economics at Columbia University.
Bailey, Alice3Alice Ann Bailey (June 16, 1880 – December 15, 1949), born Alice LaTrobe Bateman, was a writer on spiritual, occult and religious themes. She was among the earliest authors to popularize the terms "New Age" and "Age of Aquarius."
Bailey, Bill100Bill Bailey (born Mark Bailey in 1964) is a British musician and comedian.
Bailey, Pearl3Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990) was an American actress and singer.
Bailey, Philip James19Philip James Bailey (22 April 1816 – 6 September 1902) was an English poet, most famous as the author of Festus.
Bailey, Thomas, A.3Thomas Andrew Bailey (December 14, 1902 – July 26, 1983) was an American historian based at Stanford University, who specialised in diplomatic history. His best-known work may be The American Pageant.
Bailey, Trevor2Trevor Bailey (born 3 December 1923) is a former England Test cricketer.
Baillie, Bruce1Bruce Baillie (born 1931, in Aberdeen, South Dakota) is a U.S. experimental filmexperimental filmmaker and founding member of Canyon Cinema in San Francisco. His film Castro Street (1966) was selected in 1992 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
Baillie, Joanna10Joanna Baillie (11 September 1762 – 23 February 1851) was a Scottish poet and dramatist. Baillie was very well known during her lifetime and, though a woman, intended her plays not for the closet but for the stage. Admired both for her literary powers and her sweetness of disposition, she hosted a brilliant literary society in her cottage at Hampstead.
Bailyn, Bernard27Bernard Bailyn (born September 9, 1922, in Hartford, Conecticut) is an American historian, author, and professor specializing in U.S. Colonial and Revolutionary-era History. He has been a professor at Harvard since 1953. Bailyn has won the Pulitzer Prize for History twice (in 1968 and 1987).
Bain, Alexander8Alexander Bain (11 June 1818 – 18 September 1903) was a Scottish philosopher and educationalist in the British school of empiricism and a prominent and innovative figure in the fields of psychology, linguistics, logic, moral philosophy and education reform. He founded Mind, the first ever journal of psychology and analytical philosophy, and was the leading figure in establishing and applying the scientific method to psychology.
Bainbridge, Beryl3Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge DBE (21 November 1932 – 2 July 2010) was an English novelist who had been shortlisted five times for the Booker Prize.
Baird, Diora4Diora Baird (born April 6, 1983) is an American actress and former model for Guess? who has appeared in films such as Wedding Crashers and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.
Bak, Per1Per Bak (December 8, 1948 – October 16, 2002) was a Danish theoretical physicist who coauthored the 1987 academic paper that coined the term "self-organized criticality."
Bakan, Joel15Joel Conrad Bakan (born 1959) is a Canadian lawyer and writer. He was educated at Simon Fraser University (BA, 1981), University of Oxford (BA in law, 1983), Dalhousie University (LLB, 1984), and Harvard Law School (LL.M. 1986). He has taught law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and the University of British Columbia and served as a clerk for Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Baker, James1James Addison Baker, III (born April 28, 1930) worked in President Ronald Reagan's administration, first as Chief of Staff from 1981 to 1985, then as Secretary of the Treasury from 1985 to 1988. After running George H.W. Bush's successful presidential campaign in 1988, Baker was appointed Secretary of State by President Bush in 1989. The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Texas is named after him. In 2006, he was named the Republican co-chair of the newly-created Iraq Study Group (Lee Hamilton was named the Democratic co-chair).
Baker, Kage76Kage Baker (10 June 1952 – 31 January 2010) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer.
Baker, Russell41Russell Baker (born 14 August 1925) is an American writer best known as a newspaper columnist and author of memoirs on his life and times.
Baker, Stewart1Stewart Abercrombie Baker (born July 17, 1947) was the first Assistant Secretary (acting as Under Secretary-equivalent) for Policy at the United States Department of Homeland Security under the Presidency of George W. Bush, in office from July 13, 2005 to January 20, 2009.
Baker, Tom41Thomas Stewart "Tom" Baker (born 20 January 1934) is an English actor. He is best known for his role as the fourth incarnation of the Doctor in the science fiction television series Doctor Who, which he played from 1974 to 1981.
Bakhtiari, Marjaneh1Marjaneh Bakhtiari (born 1980 in Tehran - Iran) is an Iranian author living in Sweden.
Bakker, R. Scott17R. Scott Bakker (born February 2, 1967, Simcoe, Ontario) is a Canadian fantasy author.
Bakker, Robert T.30Robert T. Bakker (born March 24, 1945) is an American paleontologist who helped reshape modern theories about dinosaurs, particularly by adding support to the theory that some dinosaurs were endothermic (warm-blooded). Along with his mentor John Ostrom, Bakker was responsible for initiating the ongoing "dinosaur renaissance" in paleontological studies, beginning with Bakker's article "Dinosaur Renaissance" in the April 1975 issue of Scientific American. His special field is the ecological context and behavior of dinosaurs.
Bakri, Omar2Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad (born 1958) was the leader of Al-Muhajiroun.
Bakshi, Ralph2Ralph Bakshi (born October 29, 1938, in Haifa, Palestine (now Israel)) is an American cartoonist and a director of animation and occasionally live-action films. He directed cult classics such as Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic, Coonskin, and Wizards, as well as the more commercially accepted 1978 animated film version of The Lord of the Rings.
Bakunin, Mikhail44Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin (Russian: Михаил Александрович Бакунин) (May 30, 1814 – July 1, 1876) was a Russian political philosopher, anarchist, and noted atheist.
Bala2Bala (born 11 July 1966 in Periyakulam, Tamil Nadu, India) is an Indian film-maker who works in the Tamil film industry.
Balamuralikrishna, Mangalampalli19M. Balamuralikrishna (Telugu: మంగళంపల్లి బాలమురళీకృష్ణ) (born July 6, 1930) is an Indian Carnatic vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, playback singer, composer and actor.
Balasaraswati11Balasaraswati (May 13, 1918 – February 9, 1984), full name Tanjore Balasaraswati, was a celebrated exponent of Bharatanatyam, the Indian dance form. Her art is a rendering of a classical dance style from her home state in the South India in Tamil Nadu. She was instrumental in popularizing this style of dancing not only in India but also in many countries of the world. She was the recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour given by the Government of India, in 1977. She was also honoured with the title of Sangita Kalanidhi in 1973 by the Madras Music Academy, South India's highest award for musicians. Her special achievement was her inclusion in a compilation of the Dance Heritage Coalition, "America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: The First 100" (2000), the only non-western dancer to get this position. Satyajit Ray the well known Indian film maker made a documentary on her creation.
Balcer, Rene21René Balcer (February 9, 1954 – ) is an Emmy-award-winning Canadian-American television writer, producer and director. He is principally known as the head writer and executive producer of Law & Order and for creating Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Balcon, Michael2Sir Michael Elias Balcon (19 May 1896 – 17 October 1977) was a British film producer. His daughter, Jill Balcon, married Cecil Day Lewis.
Balder, Artur3Artur Balder (born 14 August 1974) is an American filmmaker and writer, most famous for his Saga of Teutoburg about the Germanic hero Arminius the Cheruscan. The "Saga of Teutoburg" was distinguished as a sacred text of Ásatrú religion by the Odinist Community of Spain in 2014.
Baldinucci, Filippo2Filippo Baldinucci (1624 – 1 January 1697) was an Italian art historian and biographer.
Baldwin, James48James Baldwin (2 August 1924 – 1 December 1987) was an African-American novelist, short story writer, playwright and essayist.
Baldwin, Stanley49Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley KG PC (3 August 1867 – 14 December 1947) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on three separate occasions (1923–24, 1924–29 and 1935–37).
Balestrero, Gregory6Gregory Balestrero (born July 16, 1947) is an American industrial engineer, and CEO Emeritus of the Project Management Institute. He has a record of overseeing administrative, financial and internal affairs for professional associations.
Balfour, Arthur23Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, KG, OM, PC (25 July 1848 – 19 March 1930) was a British Conservative statesman and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1902 until 1905. The author of several influential works of philosophy, he was one of the most intellectual prime ministers of the 20th century. As Foreign Secretary he authored the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which supported the establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine.
Balfour, Francis Maitland1Francis Maitland Balfour (November 10, 1851 – July 19, 1882) was a British biologist.
Ball, Hugo1Hugo Ball (22 February 1886 – 14 September 1927) was a German poet, playwright and critic. He belonged to the Dada movement, and wrote the 1916 Dada Manifesto.
Ball, John4John Ball (c. 1338 – 15 July 1381) was a radical English priest whose egalitarian speeches rallied the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.
Ball, Lucille12Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American comedian, actress and star of the landmark sitcom I Love Lucy, and charter member of the Television Hall of Fame.
Ball, Robert Stawell4Sir Robert Stawell Ball (1 July 1840 – 25 November 1913) was an Irish astronomer and author of several popular books.
Ball, W. W. Rouse3Walter William Rouse Ball, known as W. W. Rouse Ball (14 August 1850 – 4 April 1925), was a British mathematician, lawyer, and fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1878 to 1905.
Balla, Giacomo9Giacomo Balla (July 18, 1871 – March 1, 1958) was an Italian composer and painter, who participated in the Futurism movement.
Ballard, J. G.67James Graham Ballard (15 November 1930 – 19 April 2009) was a British novelist and short story writer who was a prominent member of the New Wave in science fiction. His best known books are the controversial Crash, and the autobiographical novel Empire of the Sun, both of which have been adapted to film.
Ballmer, Steve19Steven Anthony "Steve" Ballmer (born 24 March 1956) has been the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft since January 2000.
Ballou, Hosea10Hosea Ballou (30 April 1771 – 7 June 1852) was an American Universalist clergyman and theological writer.
Balsekar, Ramesh6Ramesh Balsekar (May 29, 1917 – September 27, 2009) was a disciple of the late Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, a renowned Advaita master. From early childhood, Balsekar was drawn to Advaita, a nondual teaching, particularly the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and Wei Wu Wei. He has written more than 20 books, was president of the Bank of India, and received guests daily in his home in Mumbai.
Balsillie, Jim2James Laurence "Jim" Balsillie (born February 3, 1961) is a Canadian businessman, philanthropist and co-founder and former co-CEO of the Canadian company Research In Motion ('BlackBerry'). He is also the founder of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canadian International Council (CIC) and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA).
Balzac, Honore de153Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist. Along with Flaubert, he is generally regarded as a founding father of realism in European literature.
Bambaataa, Afrika1Afrika Bambaataa (born April 19, 1957) is a DJ and community leader from the South Bronx, who was instrumental in the early development of Hip Hop throughout the 1970s.
Bamford, Maria19Maria Bamford (born September 3, 1970) is a comedian from Minnesota. She has appeared on her own Comedy Central special and was a star on the show "Comedians of Comedy".
Ban Ki-moon4Ban Ki-moon (Korean: 반기문, Hanja: 潘基文; born 13 June 1944) is the current Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Bánáthy, Béla H.12Béla Heinrich Bánáthy (December 1, 1919 – September 4, 2003) was a Hungarian linguist, systems scientist, and professor at San Jose State University and UC Berkeley, also known as founder of the White Stag Leadership Development Program whose leadership model was adopted across the United States.
Bancroft, Anne9Anne Bancroft (17 September 1931 – 6 June 2005), born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano, was an American actress; wife of Mel Brooks.
Bancroft, George14George Bancroft (October 3 1800 – January 17 1891) was an American historian and diplomat, most famous for his History of the United States.
Banda, Hastings 2Hastings Kamuzu Banda (1896? – 25 November 1997) was the President of Malawi from 1966 to 1994. His date of birth is uncertain but he trained as a doctor in the United States and in Scotland in the 1930s. After representing Nyasaland at the Pan-Africanist Congress he became known as a politician and returned to his homeland in 1958; he then led the Malawi Congress Party to victory in elections and became Prime Minister in 1963. When Malawi obtained independence, his rule became dictatorial, kleptocratic and corrupt; he was forced from office by foreign investors who demanded a referendum on democracy, which Banda lost.
Bandeira, Manuel1Manuel Bandeira de Sousa Bandeira Filho (April 19 1886 – October 13 1968) was a Brazilian poet.
Bandura, Albert3Albert Bandura (born December 4, 1925) is a prominent psychologist, known as the originator of social learning theory and the theory of self-efficacy.
Bangs, Edward3Edward Bangs (fl. 1775) is the author of the American song Yankee Doodle.
Bangs, John Kendrick3John Kendrick Bangs (May 27, 1862 – January 21, 1922) was an American author and satirist, and the creator of modern Bangsian fantasy, the school of fantasy writing that sets the plot wholly or partially in the afterlife.
Bangs, Lester18Lester Bangs (1948-12-14 — 1982-04-30) was an American journalist best known for his rock music criticism.
Banhart, Devendra10Devendra Banhart (born May 30, 1981) is a folk musician and songwriter.
Bankhead, Tallulah15Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress, talk-show host and bon vivant.
Banks, Ernie9Ernest Banks (born January 30, 1931 – January 23, 2015), better known as Ernie Banks, is an American former Major League Baseball player who played with the Chicago Cubs (1953–1971). He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.
Banks, Iain63Iain Menzies Banks (February 16, 1954 – June 9, 2013), officially Iain Banks, was a Scottish writer. As Iain M. Banks he wrote science fiction; as Iain Banks he wrote literary fiction.
Banks, Joseph1Sir Joseph Banks, 1st Baronet, PRS (February 13, 1743 – June 19, 1820) was an English naturalist and botanist.
Banks, Robert2Robert Banks (born 1966) is an American filmmaker.
Banks, Tony18Anthony Louis "Tony" Banks, Baron Stratford (8 April 1943 – 8 January 2006) was a British politician and Labour member of first the House of Commons then the House of Lords.
Banks, Tyra6Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is a television personality, author, actress, singer, executive producer, talk show host, and former supermodel. She is well known for her role as the host and judge of the reality television show America's Next Top Model.
Banneker, Benjamin5Benjamin Banneker, originally Banna Ka or Bannakay, (November 9, 1731 – October 9, 1806) was a free African American mathematician, astronomer, surveyor, almanac author and farmer.
Bannerman, Frances1Frances Bannerman (1855–1940) was a Canadian poet.
Bannister, Roger1Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister CBE (born 23 March 1929) is an English athlete best known as the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Bannister became a neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford. Sir Roger was the first recipient of the Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of the Year" award in January 1955.
Banville, John97John Banville (born 8 December 1945) is an Irish novelist and journalist. He is recognised for his precise, cold, forensic prose style, Nabokovian inventiveness, and for the dark humour of his generally arch narrators. His stated ambition is to give his prose "the kind of denseness and thickness that poetry has".
Bara, Theda3Theda Bara was the stage name of Theodosia Burr Goodman (July 29, 1885 – April 7, 1955), a silent film actress popularly known as "The Vamp."
Barak, Ehud6Ehud Barak (Hebrew: אֵהוּד בָּרָק) (born Ehud Brog on February 12, 1942, in Mishmar HaSharon kibbutz, then British Mandate of Palestine) is an Israeli politician and was the 10th Prime Minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001.
Baran, Paul A.24Paul Alexander Baran (25 August 1909, Mykolaiv,Russian Empire, today Ukraine – 26 March 1964, Palo Alto, USA) was an American economist known for his Marxist views. In 1951 Baran was promoted to full professor at Stanford University and Baran was the only tenured Marxian economist in the United States until his death in 1964.
Barât, Carl2Carl Ashley Raphael Barât (born 6 June 1978) is an English musician who is currently the lead singer and guitarist for Dirty Pretty Things and is also the former co-frontman of The Libertines along with Pete Doherty.
Baratynsky, Evgeny1Evgeny Baratynsky (2 March (O.S. 19 February) 1800 – 11 July 1844) was a Russian poet.
Barbara (singer)4Monique Andrée Serf (June 9, 1930 – November 24, 1997), known as Barbara (Barbara Brodi in her debut), was a popular French female singer.
Barbauld, Anna16Anna Letitia Barbauld (June 20, 1743 – March 9, 1825) was an English poet and miscellaneous writer.
Barbeau, Adrienne2Adrienne Barbeau (born June 11, 1945) is an American actress.
Barber, Benjamin14Benjamin R. Barber (born August 2, 1939) is an American political theorist and author, known for his 1996 bestseller, Jihad vs. McWorld.
Barber, Margaret3Margaret Fairless Barber (7 May 1869 – 24 August 1901) was an English writer on Christian themes, under the pen name of Michael Fairless.
Barbie, Klaus10Nikolaus 'Klaus' Barbie (25 October 1913 – 25 September 1991) was an SS-Hauptsturmführer (rank equivalent to army captain) and Gestapo member. He was known as the "Butcher of Lyon" for having personally tortured French prisoners of the Gestapo while stationed in Lyon, France. After the war, United States intelligence services employed him for their anti-Marxist efforts and also helped him escape to South America. The Bundesnachrichtendienst, the West German intelligence agency, recruited him, and he may have helped the CIA capture Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara in 1967. Barbie is also suspected of having a hand in the Bolivian coup d'état orchestrated by Luis García Meza Tejada in 1980. After the fall of the dictatorship, Barbie no longer had the protection of the Bolivian government and in 1983 was extradited to France, where he was convicted of war crimes and died in prison.
Barbour, John11John Barbour, Archdeacon of Aberdeen (c. 1330 – March 13 or 14, 1395) was a poet and churchman, sometimes called the father of Scottish poetry. His The Brus, a verse chronicle on the life of Robert I of Scotland, is the oldest major literary work in the Scots language.
Barbusse, Henri162Henri Barbusse (May 17 1873 – August 30 1935) was a French novelist, journalist and communist.
Barbut, James1James Barbut (c. 1711–1788) was a British painter and naturalist noted for his renderings of insects, mollusks, and crustaceans.
Barclay, Robert3Robert Barclay (23 December 1648 – 3 October 1690) was a Scottish Quaker of the Clan Barclay who was governor of the East Jersey colony in North America through most of the 1680s, although he himself never resided in the colony.
Barclay, William1William Barclay (December 5, 1907 – January 24, 1978) was an Scottish author, radio and television presenter, Church of Scotland minister and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow.
Bardeen, John1John Bardeen (May 23, 1908 – January 30, 1991) was an American physicist. He is the only person to have won two Nobel prizes in Physics, in 1956 for the transistor, along with William Shockley and Walter Brattain, and in 1972 for a fundamental theory of conventional superconductivity together with Leon Neil Cooper and John Robert Schrieffer, now called BCS theory.
Bardon, Franz3Franz Bardon (December 1, 1909 – July 10, 1958) was a stage magician and student and teacher of Hermetics.
Bareilles, Sara24Sara Bareilles (born December 7, 1979) is an American pop singer-songwriter. She is the recipient of several Grammy nominations.
Barenboim, Daniel6Daniel Barenboim KBE (Hebrew: דניאל ברנבוים; born 15 November 1942) is an Israeli Argentine pianist and conductor. He has served as music director of several major symphonic and operatic orchestras and made numerous recordings.
Barere de Vieuzac, Bertrand4Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac (September 10, 1755 – January 13, 1841) was a French politician and journalist, one of the most notorious members of the National Convention during the French Revolution.
Barham, Richard Harris7Richard Harris Barham (6 December 1788 – 17 June 1845) was an English novelist, humorous poet, and priest in the Church of England.
Baring-Gould, Sabine2The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (28 January 1834 – 2 January 1924) was an English antiquarian, novelist and eclectic scholar. His bibliography lists more than 1240 separate publications, and continues to grow. He is remembered particularly as a writer of hymns, the best-known being "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and "Now the Day Is Over".
Baring, Maurice2Maurice Baring (27 April 1874 – 14 December 1945) was a versatile English man of letters, known as a dramatist, poet, novelist, translator and essayist, and also as a travel writer and war correspondent.
Barker, Clive43Clive Barker (born 5 October 1952) is an English writer of fantasy and horror fiction, as well as a filmmaker. His novels include The Great and Secret Show, Weaveworld, and Imajica. His films include Hellraiser, Nightbreed, and Lord of Illusions.
Barker, George Granville4George Granville Barker (26 February 1913 – 27 October 1991) was an English poet and author.
Barker, Jane2Jane Barker (1652–1732) was an English poet and novelist of the early 18th century. The Amours of Bosvil and Galesia (1713) was considered her most successful work.
Barker, Nicola1Nicola Barker (born 30 March 1966) is an English novelist and short story writer.
Barkley, Charles13Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963, in Leeds, Alabama) is a former American basketball power forward. A current resident of Arizona, Barkley is commonly nicknamed Sir Charles and occasionally The Round Mound of Rebound. Barkley was named Most Valuable Player of the NBA in 1993. In 1996, the NBA's 50th anniversary, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Barkley won the Olympic gold medal with the U.S. Dream Teams in the 1992 and 1996 Games. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Barlas, John3John Evelyn Barlas (1860–1914), pseudonym Evelyn Douglas, was an English poet and political activist of the late 19th century. He was a member of the decadent movement in literature, as well as a revolutionary socialist in politics.
Barlow, George1George Barlow (June 19, 1847, London – 1913 or 1914) was an English poet, who sometimes wrote under the pseudonym James Hinton.
Barlow, Harold1Harold Barlow (15 May 1915 – 15 February 1993) was an American songwriter.
Barlow, Joel20Joel Barlow (24 March 1754 – 26 December 1812) was an American poet and diplomat.
Barlow, John Perry17John Perry Barlow (born October 3, 1947) is an American poet, essayist, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Barlow, Peter1Peter Barlow (13 October 1776 – 1 March 1862) was an English mathematician and physicist.
Barnard, Chester11Chester Irving Barnard (November 7, 1886 – June 7, 1961) was an American business executive, public administrator, and the author of pioneering work in management theory and organizational studies
Barnes, Albert22Albert Barnes (1 December 1798 – 24 December 1870) was an American theologian, who graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, in 1820, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1823. Barnes was ordained as a Presbyterian minister by the presbytery of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, in 1825, and was the pastor successively of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, New Jersey (1825–1830), and of the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia (1830–1867).
Barnes, Djuna33Djuna Barnes (June 12, 1892 – June 18, 1982) was an American novelist, poet, and playwright.
Barnes, John13John Barnes (born 1957) is an American science fiction author.
Barnes, Julian5Julian Barnes (born 19 January 1946), British novelist and short story writer.
Barnes, Kevin1Kevin Barnes (born May 30, 1974) is the singer and songwriter for the indie rock group of Montreal.
Barnes, William3William Barnes (22 February 1801 – 7 October 1886) was an English writer, poet, minister, and philologist. He wrote over 800 poems, some in Dorset dialect and much other work, including a comprehensive English grammar quoting from more than 70 different languages.
Barnett, Joel4Joel Barnett, Baron Barnett, PC (14 October 1923 – 1 November 2014), was a Labour Party politician. As Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the late 1970s, he devised the Barnett Formula that allocates public spending in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Barney, Matthew2Matthew Barney (born 25 March 1967) is an American artist.
Barney, Natalie6Natalie Clifford Barney (31 October 1876 – 2 February 1972) was an American poet, memoirist, and epigrammatist, most of whose life was spent in France. Almost all of her books were written in the language of her adopted country.
Barnfield, Richard8Richard Barnfield (1574–1627) was an English poet and close friend of William Shakespeare.
Barnum, P. T.8Phineas Taylor Barnum (5 July 1810 – 7 April 1891) was an American showman who is best remembered for his entertaining hoaxes and for founding the circus that eventually became Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Baron Cohen, Sacha10Sacha Noam Baron Cohen (born 13 October 1971) is a British comedian and actor.
Baron, Alexander1Alexander Baron (4 December 1917 – 6 December 1999) was a British author and screenwriter.
Barr, Alfred1Alfred Hamilton Barr, Jr. (January 2, 1902 – August 15, 1981), known as Alfred H. Barr, Jr., was an art historian and the first director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Barr, Bob8Robert Laurence "Bob" Barr, Jr. (born November 5, 1948) is a former United States Congressman from Georgia and the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election.
Barr, James4Rev. Professor James Barr (20 March 1924 – 14 October 2006) was a Scottish Old Testament scholar.
Barr, Matthias2Matthias Barr (December 6th, 1831, Edinburgh, Scotland – ?), was a Scottish poet.
Barr, Robert (writer)3Robert Barr (1850 – October 21 1912) was an Anglo–American author and journalist who spent time in the United States as a staff writer for the Detroit Free Press. In 1881 he moved to London to establish the weekly English edition of the Free Press. In 1892 he founded The Idler magazine with Jerome K. Jerome.
Barr, Stringfellow1Stringfellow Barr (January 15, 1897, Suffolk, Virginia - February 3, 1982, Alexandria, Virginia) was an historian, author, and former president of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where he, together with Scott Buchanan, instituted the Great Books curriculum.
Barre, Siad9Mohamed Siad Barre (6 October 1919 – 2 January 1995) was the president of Somalia from 1969 to 1991.
Barreto, Lima11Afonso Henriques de Lima Barreto (May 13, 1881 – November 1, 1922) was a Brazilian author who is considered one of the best satirical writers in Brazilian literature.
Barrett, James Lee3James Lee Barrett (19 November 1929 – 15 October 1989) was an American producer, screenwriter, and writer.
Barrett, Michael2Michael Barrett (born October 22, 1976) is a baseball player for the San Diego Padres in Major League Baseball.
Barrett, Syd17Syd Barrett (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006), born Roger Keith Barrett, was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist and artist. He is most remembered as a founding member of psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, providing major musical and stylistic direction in their early work, although he left the group in 1968 amidst speculations of mental illness exacerbated by heavy drug use. .
Barrett, William25William Christopher Barrett (1913–1992) was a professor of philosophy at New York University from 1950 to 1979. He received his PhD at Columbia University. He was an editor of Partisan Review and later the literary critic of The Atlantic Monthly magazine. He was well known for writing philosophical works for nonexperts.
Barrie, J. M.44Sir James Matthew Barrie (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish novelist and dramatist, more commonly known as J. M. Barrie. He is most famous as the author of the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.
Barrington, George1George Barrington (May 14, 1755 – 27 December 1804) was an Irish pickpocket and later a policeman.
Barron, Carl10Carl Barron (born 1964) is an Australian comedian. His style is based on observational humour.
Barron, Charles5Charles Barron (born 7 October 1950) has represented Brooklyn's 42nd District on the New York City Council since 2001.
Barrow, Isaac12Isaac Barrow (October 1630 – 4 May 1677) was an English Christian theologian, and mathematician who is generally given credit for his early role in the development of infinitesimal calculus; in particular, for the discovery of the fundamental theorem of calculus.
Barrowman, John5John Barrowman (born 11 March 1967 in Mount Vernon, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish actor, musical performer, dancer, singer, and TV presenter who has lived and worked both in the United Kingdom and the United States. He currently lives in the UK with his civil partner Scott Gill.
Barry Eichengreen10Barry Eichengreen (born 1952) is an American economist and Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Barry, Dave38Dave Barry (born July 3, 1947) is a bestselling American author and Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist.
Barry, Kevin6Kevin Barry (born 1969) is an Irish short story writer.
Barry, Marion6Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. (March 6, 1936 – November 23, 2014) served as Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C. from 1979 to 1991. He was forced to leave office during his third term as a result of his arrest and conviction on drug charges but was later again elected to the D.C. council and ultimately to the mayoralty, serving a fourth term from 1995 to 1999.
Barry, Max16Max Barry (born 18 March 1973) is an Australian novelist, short-story writer and essayist. His books include Syrup, Jennifer Government, and Company.
Barry, Michael Joseph1Michael Joseph Barry (1817 – 23 January 1889) was an Irish poet, author, and political figure.
Barry, Robert5Robert Barry (born March 9, 1936 in the Bronx, New York) is an American conceptual artist.
Barrymore, John4John Sidney Blyth Barrymore (February 15, 1882 – May 29, 1942) was an American actor of the early 20th century.
Barsky, Vladimir1Vladimir Barsky (1889 – January 24, 1936) was a Russian actor and director.
Bart, Lionel3Lionel Bart (1 August 1930 – 3 April 1999) was an English composer of songs and musicals, best known for Oliver!
Barth, Alan3Alan Barth (1906–1979) was a journalist specializing in civil liberties. He is best known for his 30-year stint as an editorial writer at the Washington Post, from which he retired in 1972, and his books on historical and contemporaneous politics.
Barth, John4John Simmons Barth (born May 27, 1930) is an American novelist and short-story writer, known for the postmodernist and metafictive quality of his work.
Barth, Karl63Karl Barth (/bɑrt/; 10 May 1886 – 10 December 1968) was a Swiss Reformed pastor, and one of the most influential Christian thinkers of the 20th century, a leader of what became known as the neo-orthodox movement. He was largely responsible for the Barmen Declaration, which was one of the founding documents of the Confessing Church opposed to Nazi policies.
Barthelme, Donald78Donald Barthelme (April 7, 1931 – July 23, 1989) was an American author known for his postmodern short stories and novels.
Barthes, Roland10Roland Barthes (November 12, 1915 – March 25, 1980) was a French literary critic, literary and social theorist, philosopher, and semiotician.
Bartle, Richard3Richard Allan Bartle (born 10 January 1960) is an English writer and game researcher, best known for being the co-author of MUD, the first multi-user dungeon. He is one of the pioneers of the massively multiplayer online game industry.
Bartlett, Charles1Charles L. Bartlett (born 1921) is a Pulitzer prizewinning journalist.
Bartók, Bela3Béla Bartók (25 March 1881 – 26 September 1945) was a Hungarian composer, pianist and collector of Eastern European and Middle Eastern folk music. He is considered one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and was also one of the founders of the field of ethnomusicology, the study and ethnography of folk music.
Barton, Bruce Fairchild14Bruce Fairchild Barton (5 August 1886 – 5 July 1967) was an American writer, advertising executive, and politician.
Barton, Joe9Joseph Linus "Joe" Barton (born September 15, 1949) is a Republican politician, representing Texas's 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1985.
Barton, Joey3Joey Barton (born September 2, 1982) is an English football player who has played as a midfielder for the English national team and for the English clubs Manchester City and Newcastle United.
Baruch, Bernard18Bernard Mannes Baruch (19 August 1870 – 20 June 1965) was an American financier, stock market speculator, statesman, and presidential advisor. After his success in business, he devoted his time toward advising Democratic presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt on economic matters.
Barwich, Heinz1Heinz Barwich (July 22, 1911 – April 10, 1966) was a German nuclear physicist who worked on the Soviet atomic bomb with V. S. Emel'ianov. From May 1961 to 1964, he was deputy director of the Soviet Bloc Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia. From about September 1962, he was a volunteer CIA agent. On 6 September 1964, while attending the Third UN Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy in Geneva, Switzerland, he defected to the US. In December 1964, he testified before the US Senate Subcommittee on Internal Security.
Baryshnikov, Mikhail2Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov (born January 27, 1948) is a Soviet-born Russian American dancer, choreographer, and actor, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev as one of the greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century.
Barzani, Massoud7Massoud Barzani (born 1946) has been the president of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region since 2005.
Barzun, Jacques43Jacques Barzun (November 30, 1907 – October 25, 2012) was a French-born American scholar, historian, critic, teacher and editor.
Basappa Danappa Jatti18Basappa Danappa Jatti (Kannada: ಬಸಪ್ಪ ದಾನಪ್ಪ ಜತ್ತಿ) (September 10, 1912 – June 7, 2002) was the fifth Vice President of India. He was Acting President of India from 11 February 1977 to 25 July 1977.
Basava13Basava (1134–1196), also known as Basaveshwara, was an Indian philosopher, statesman and social reformer from what is now Karnataka, India.
Bascom, John2John Bascom (May 1, 1827 – October 2, 1911) was a professor of rhetoric at Williams College from 1855 to 1874, and was president of the University of Wisconsin from 1874 to 1887.
Bashford, Henry Howarth1Sir Henry Howarth Bashford (1880 – August 15, 1961) was an English writer and poet, as well as a distinguished physician and the personal doctor to King George VI of England.
Bashir, Abu Bakar2Abu Bakar Bashir (born 1938) is an Islamic cleric who wishes to implement sharia in Indonesia.
Bashir, Omar1Omar al-Bashir (born January 1, 1944) has been the chief of state of Sudan since 1989, when he led a bloodless military coup against the existing government. In 1993 he declared himself president of Sudan.
Basho, Matsuo16Matsuo Bashō (松尾芭蕉, 1644 – 28 November 1694) was a major Japanese poet, primarily known for his achievements in the haikai no renga and haiku (as it would become known later) forms, and his poetic diaries.
Basie, Count2William "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer.
Basil of Caesarea13Basil of Caesarea, also called Saint Basil the Great (Ἅγιος Βασίλειος ὁ Μέγας) (329 or 330 – 379), was the Greek bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey).
Baskin, Leonard2Leonard Baskin (August 15, 1922 – June 3, 2000) was an American sculptor, illustrator, wood-engraver, printmaker, graphic artist, writer and teacher.
Bassani, Franco1Giuseppe Franco Bassani (October 29, 1929 – September 25, 2008) was an Italian physicist.
Bastami, Bayazid1Bayazid Bastami (Persian بايزيد بسطامى ), also known as Abu Yazid Bistami or Tayfur Abu Yazid al-Bustami, (804 - 874 CE) was a Persian Sufi born in Bostam (alternate spelling: Bastam), Iran. The name Bastami means "from the city of Bastam." Bayazid Bastami had great influence on Sufi mysticism and is considered to be one of the important early teachers of Sufi Islam.
Bastard, Ol' Dirty11Russell Jones (November 15, 1968 – November 13, 2004) was an American rapper who went by the stage name Ol' Dirty Bastard (often shortened to ODB). He was one of the founding members of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan.
Bastard, Thomas1Rev. Thomas Bastard (1566 – 19 April 1618) was an English clergyman famed for his published English language epigrams.
Baťa, Tomáš5Tomáš Baťa (3 April 1876 in Zlín, Moravia – 12 July 1932) was a Czech entrepreneur, founder of the Bata Shoes company.
Bataille, Georges35Georges Albert Maurice Victor Bataille (10 September 1897 – 9 July 1962) was a French writer. His multifaceted work is linked to the domains of literature, anthropology, philosophy, economy, sociology and history of art. Eroticism and transgression are at the core of his writings.
Batalvi, Shiv Kumar1Shiv Kumar Batalvi (1936–1973) was a noted Punjabi language poet, who was most known for his romantic poetry, noted for its heightened passion, pathos, separation and lover's agony.
Bates, Brian6Brian Bates (born 1944) is former Chairman of Psychology at the University of Sussex. He is currently a Senior Visiting Research Fellow there in the Sussex Institute and a Visiting Professor at the University of Brighton. He is most famous as the author of best-selling books on the shamanic wisdom of Anglo-Saxon England, and for his award-winning course at Sussex on "Shamanic Consciousness". He is also an authority on the psychology of actors, teaching and directing for ten years at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Bates, Marston1Dr. Marston Bates (July 23, 1906 – April 3, 1974) was an American zoologist. Bates' studies on mosquitoes contributed to the understanding of the epidemiology of yellow fever in northern South America.
Bateson, Gregory43Gregory Bateson (May 9, 1904 – July 4, 1980) was a British anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, visual anthropologist, semiotician and cyberneticist whose work intersected that of many other fields. He was married to Margaret Mead.
Bateson, William17William Bateson (1861–1926) was an English geneticist, most noted as the first person to use the term genetics to describe the study of heredity and biological inheritance, and the chief populariser of the ideas of Gregor Mendel following their rediscovery in 1900 by Hugo de Vries and Carl Correns.
Bath, Elizabeth2Elizabeth Bath (1772–1856) was an English poet, author of a collection of sixty-six poems published by subscription in 1806 in Bristol.
Bathgate, Andy2Andrew James Bathgate (born June 28, 1932) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Batistuta, Gabriel3Gabriel Omar Batistuta (born 1 February 1969) is a former professional footballer who played as a striker for the Argentine national team. He played most of his club football at ACF Fiorentina in Italy.
Battcock, Gregory6Gregory Battcock (New York, 1937 – San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1980) was an American art critic and writer, who performed in Eating Too Fast, a 1966 Andy Warhol film made at the Factory.
Battelle, John1John Linwood Battelle (born November 4, 1965) is an entrepreneur, author and journalist. Most famous for his work creating media properties, Battelle helped launch Wired in the 1990s and launched The Industry Standard during the dot-com boom.
Battuta, Ibn4Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta (Arabic: أبو عبد الله محمد ابن بطوطة‎) (born 24 February 1304 - year of death uncertain, possibly 1368 or 1377) was a Moroccan Berber scholar and jurisprudent from the Maliki Madhhab (a school of Fiqh, or Sunni Islamic law), and at times a Qadi or judge. However, he is best known as a traveler and explorer, whose account documents his travels and excursions over a period of almost thirty years, covering some 73,000 miles (117,000 km). These journeys covered almost the entirety of the known Islamic world and beyond, extending from North Africa, West Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe in the west, to the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China in the east, a distance readily surpassing that of his predecessors and his near-contemporary Marco Polo.
Bauby, Jean-Dominique1Jean-Dominique Bauby (1952-04-23 – 1997-03-16) was a well-known French journalist and author and editor of the French fashion magazine ELLE.
Baude, Frank1Frank Baude (born 1936) is a Swedish politician, bricklayer and former chairman of the Communist Party Marxist-Leninists (the revolutionaries), KPML(r), from 1970 to 1998.
Baudrillard, Jean43Jean Baudrillard (20 June 1929 – 6 March 2007) was a French sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, political commentator, and photographer. His work is frequently associated with postmodernism and specifically post-structuralism.
Bauer, Bruno1Bruno Bauer (6 September 1809 – 13 April 1882), known as a Young Hegelian, was a German Lutheran theologian, philosopher and historian.
Bauer, Friedrich2Friedrich L. Bauer (born June 10, 1924, in Regensburg) is a German computer scientist and professor emeritus at Technical University of Munich.
Bauer, Yehuda2Yehuda Bauer (Hebrew: יהודה באואר) (born 1926) is a historian and scholar of the Holocaust. He is a Professor of Holocaust Studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Baum, L. Frank65Lyman Frank Baum (15 May 1856 – 6 May 1919) was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator William Wallace Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Bauman, Neil6Neil J. Bauman (born in 1951) is the Executive Vice President of the American company eBaum's World.
Bauman, Zygmunt11Zygmunt Bauman (born 19 November 1925 in Poznan) is a Polish sociologist.
Bax, Ernest Belfort3Ernest Belfort Bax (23 July 1854 – 26 November 1926) was a British socialist journalist and philosopher, associated with the Social Democratic Federation.
Baxter, J. Sidlow6J. Sidlow Baxter (1903–1999) was a pastor and theologian who authored as many as thirty books (depending on how anthologies and collections of sermons are to be counted) analysing the Bible and advocating a fundamentalist Christian theological perspective.
Baxter, Richard11Richard Baxter (November 12, 1615 – December 8, 1691) was an English Puritan church leader, divine scholar and controversialist, called by Dean Stanley "the chief of English Protestant Schoolmen".
Baxter, Stephen27Stephen Baxter (born November 13, 1957) is a British science fiction writer.
Bayle, Pierre6Pierre Bayle (18 November 1647 – 28 December 1706) was a French philosopher and writer best known for his seminal work the Historical and Critical Dictionary, published beginning in 1695.
Bayly, Thomas Haynes19Thomas Haynes Bayly (13 October 1797 – April 1839) was a popular miscellaneous writer best known for his songs.
Baziotes, William22William Baziotes (1912–1963) was an American painter influenced by Surrealism and was a contributor to Abstract Expressionism. He participated in discussions and exhibitions of the New York School. In the early 1940's he was a close friend of Jackson Pollock; they painted some paintings together.
Beadle, George1George Wells Beadle (October 22, 1903 – June 9, 1989) was an American molecular biologist and geneticist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Edward Lawrie Tatum for their discovery of the role of genes in regulating biochemical events within cells.
Beagle, Peter S.9Peter Soyer Beagle (born 20 April 1939) is an American fantasist and author of novels, nonfiction, and screenplays.
Beals, Jennifer61Jennifer Beals (born 19 December 1963) is an American actress who is known for her roles in The L Word, The Chicago Code, Flashdance and Devil in a Blue Dress. She is also an advocate for LGBT rights, women's issues and the environment.
Bear, Greg24Gregory Dale Bear (born 20 August 1951) is a science fiction author.
Beard, Charles A.3Charles Austin Beard (November 27, 1874 – September 1, 1948) was an influential American historian. He stressed the importance of economic factors in American constitutional history.
Beard, Henry14Henry Beard (born ca. 1945) is an American humourist, co-founder of National Lampoon magazine. Beard has written several humorous books, including about Latin, French and cats. Many of the most widely quoted bits of mock Latin are to be found in Beard.
Beard, Peter2Peter Hill Beard (born January 22, 1938) is an American photographer.
Beardsley, Aubrey26Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was an English illustrator whose black-and-white ink drawings influenced the development of the Art Nouveau style.
Beatrice, Princess1The Princess Beatrice (14 April 1857 – 26 October 1944), the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, was a pianist, author and photographer.
Beattie, James14Professor James Beattie (October 25, 1735 – August 18, 1803) was a Scottish scholar and writer.
Beattie, Peter1Peter Douglas Beattie (born 18 November 1952) is an Australian politician who served as the 36th Premier of Queensland.
Beatty, David, 1st Earl Beatty1David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty (17 January 1871 – 11 March 1936) was an admiral in the Royal Navy. From 1914 onwards he commanded the British battle cruiser fleet stationed at Scapa Flow as a component of the British Grand Fleet.
Beaumarchais, Pierre de12Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (24 January 1732 – 18 May 1799) was a French playwright and social satirist.
Beaumont and Fletcher32Beaumont and Fletcher were the English dramatists Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, who collaborated in their writing during the reign of James I. There collaboration was so well regarded that works individually authored by either are sometimes errantly reported as having been by the collaboration. These include later collaborations by Fletcher with Nathan Field and Philip Massinger.
Beaumont, Francis5Francis Beaumont (1584 – March 6 1616) was a dramatist in the English Renaissance theatre, most famous for his collaborations with John Fletcher.
Beauvoir, Simone de74Simone de Beauvoir (9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986) was a French author and existentialist philosopher. She is now most famous for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex Le Deuxième Sexe, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism, and her long personal relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre.
Beaverbrook, William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron2Sir William Maxwell "Max" Aitken, 1st Baronet, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, PC (May 25, 1879 – June 9, 1964) was a Canadian – British business tycoon, politician, and writer.
Bechdel, Alison49Alison Bechdel (born September 10, 1960) is an American cartoonist. She has written one of the best-known LGBT comic strips, Dykes to Watch Out For, for over 25 years. Her graphic memoir Fun Home was rated one of the best books of 2006.
Beck21Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Beck, Aaron1Aaron Temkin Beck (born July 18, 1921) is an American psychiatrist, widely regarded as the father of cognitive therapy.
Beck, Charlie9Charles Lloyd "Charlie" Beck (born June 27, 1953) is the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). A veteran of the department with over three decades of service, he is known for commanding and rehabilitating the Rampart Division after the Rampart Scandal; and for technology enhancements during his time as Chief of Detectives.
Beck, Glenn136Glenn Beck (born 10 February 1964) is a conservative American talk-radio host.
Beck, Guido1Guido Beck (August 29, 1903 – October 21, 1988) was a German physicist born in what is now the Czech Republic. He studied physics in Vienna and received his doctorate in 1925, under Hans Thirring. He worked in Leipzig in 1928 as an assistant to Werner Heisenberg. A combination of the troubled political climate of Europe in the 1930s, his own restlessness, and the Nazi persecutions in Germany, made the Jewish-born Beck a traveller. He had a profound impact in developing physics in South America.
Beck, Jeff1Jeff Beck (born 24 June 1944) is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed the Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert and Appice.
Beck, Kent12Kent Beck (born 1961) is an American software engineer and the creator of the Extreme Programming and Test Driven Development software development methodologies, also named agile software development. Beck was one of the 17 original signatories of the Agile Manifesto in 2001.
Becker, Carl L.26Carl Lotus Becker (September 7, 1873, near Waterloo, Iowa, U.S. – April 10, 1945, Ithaca, N.Y.) was an American historian of early American intellectual history and on the Enlightenment.
Becker, Ernest5Ernest Becker (September 27, 1924 – March 6, 1974) was a cultural anthropologist and interdisciplinary thinker, noted for his 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Denial of Death.
Becker, Gary2Gary Stanley Becker (December 2, 1930 – May 3, 2014) was an American economist.
Becker, Howard S.35Howard Saul Becker (born April 18, 1928) is an American sociologist who has made major contributions to the sociology of deviance, sociology of art, and sociology of music.
Beckett, Samuel116Samuel Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet and winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature. He wrote mainly in English and French.
Beckett, Wendy6Wendy Beckett or as she is better known Sister Wendy Beckett was (born February 25 1930) and is a South African-born British art expert, consecrated virgin and contemplative hermit who became an unlikely celebrity during the 1990s, presenting a series of acclaimed art history documentaries for the BBC.
Beckford, Peter6Sir Peter Beckford (1740–1811) was an English writer.
Beckford, William10William Thomas Beckford (September 29 1760 – May 2 1844) was an English novelist, travel writer, art-collector and eccentric. His best-known work is the oriental romance Vathek; it was written in French, reputedly in the space of three days and two nights.
Beckham, David2David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born 2 May 1975) is an English former footballer.
Beckham, Victoria4Victoria Caroline Beckham (née Adams; born 17 April 1974) is an English businesswoman, fashion designer, model and singer.
Beckinsale, Kate5Kathryn Bailey Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is an English actress.
Beckmann, Max37Max Beckmann (February 12, 1884 – December 28, 1950) was a German painter, printmaker. Although he is classified as an Expressionist artist, he rejected both the term and the movement. In the 1920s, he was associated with the German New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit).
Becon, Thomas1Thomas Becon (1512–1567) was an English clergyman.
Beddoes, Thomas Lovell2Thomas Lovell Beddoes (June 30, 1803 – January 26, 1849) was an English poet and dramatist.
Beddome1Colonel Richard Henry Beddome (11 May 1830 – 23 February 1911) was a British military officer in India and a naturalist.
Bede6Bede (c. 672 – 27 May 735) was an Anglo-Saxon historian, theologian and scientific writer; often called "the Venerable Bede". His best-known work, the Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum was completed in 731.
Bedingfield, Natasha2Natasha Anne Bedingfield (born 26 November 1981) is a British pop singer and songwriter. Her works include "Unwritten", "Love Like This", and "Angel".
Beebe, William4Charles William "Will" Beebe (July 29 1877 – June 4 1962) was an American naturalist, explorer, and author.
Beecham, Thomas12Sir Thomas Beecham (29 April 1879 – 8 March 1961) was a British conductor. He founded several British orchestras. From the early twentieth century until his death, Beecham was a dominant influence on the musical life of Britain.
Beecher, Henry Ward44Henry Ward Beecher (24 June 1813 – 8 March 1887) was a theologically liberal American Congregationalist clergyman, reformer, and author.
Beeching, Henry Charles3Henry Charles Beeching (15 May 1859 – 25 February 1919) was an English clergyman, author and poet.
Beenakker, Carlo4Carlo W. J. Beenakker (born June 9, 1960) is a professor at Leiden University and leader of the university's mesoscopic physics group, established in 1992. In 1997, he was awarded the Spinoza Prize, the "Dutch Nobel prize".
Beer, Anthony Stafford23Anthony Stafford Beer (September 25, 1926 – August 23, 2002) was a British theorist, consultant and professor at the Manchester Business School. He is best known for his work in the fields of operational research and management cybernetics.
Beer, Arthur2Arthur Beer (June 28, 1900 – October 20, 1980) was a German astronomer who worked at Cambridge University.
Beerbohm, Max36Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm (24 August 1872 – 20 May 1956) was an English writer and caricaturist.
Beers, Ethel Lynn2Ethel Lynn Beers (January 13, 1827 – October 11, 1879) was an American poet best known for her patriotic and sentimental Civil War poem "All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight".
Beethoven, Ludwig van28Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized December 17 1770, died March 26 1827) was a German composer and pianist who lived predominantly in Vienna, Austria.. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.
Begala, Paul4Paul Begala (born 12 May 1961) is a political consultant, commentator and was an advisor to President Bill Clinton.
Begin, Menachem5Menachem Begin (16 August 1913 – 9 March 1992) was an Israeli politician and the sixth Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Before Independence, he was the leader of the Zionist militant Irgun, the Revisionist breakaway from the larger Jewish paramilitary organization Haganah. He proclaimed a revolt, on February 1, 1944, against the British mandatory government, which was opposed by the Jewish Agency. He played a significant role in Jewish resistance against the British control in the waning years of the mandate, leading the more militant faction within Zionism.
Begum Akhtar17Akhtari Bai Faizabadi (October 7, 1914 – October 30, 1974) was a legendary Indian singer of Ghazal, Dadra, and Thumri known by the sobriquet Mallika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazals). She also acted in a few Hindi movies in the thirties. She was honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for vocal music, and Padma Bhushan (posthumously) by the Government of India.
Behan, Brendan12Brendan Francis Behan (9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English.
Behar, Joy2Joy Behar (born Josephina Victoria Occhiuto on 1943-10-07) is an Italian-American comedian, writer, actress and co-host of the talk show The View.
Behe, Michael14Michael J. Behe ( /ˈbiːhiː/ bee-hee; born 1952) is an American biochemist, author, and intelligent design advocate. He currently serves as professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and as a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. Behe is best known for his argument for irreducible complexity, which asserts that some biochemical structures are too complex to be adequately explained by known evolutionary mechanisms and are therefore more probably the result of intelligent design. Behe has testified in several court cases related to intelligent design, including the court case Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District that resulted in a ruling that intelligent design was religious in nature.
Behn, Aphra16Aphra Behn (née Aphra Johnson) (July 10 1640 – April 16 1689) was a prolific Restoration dramatist and writer of amatory fiction. She was one of the first English professional woman writers.
Behramoglu, Ataol6Ataol Behramoğlu (born April 13, 1942) is a Turkish poet, author, translator and columnist.
Beilin, Yossi1Yossef ("Yossi") Beilin (born June 12, 1948, in Petah Tikva) is a leftist Israeli politician, Knesset member, and a former deputy foreign minister and justice minister within the Israeli Labour Party. He is currently chairman of Meretz-Yachad. Beilin played a key role in the framing of the Oslo accords and in the subsequent process.
Belisarius1Flavius Belisarius Βελισάριος (c. 500 – 565) was one of the greatest generals of the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire.
Bell Burnell, Jocelyn11Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell (born Susan Jocelyn Bell on 15 July 1943), known as Jocelyn Bell Burnell, is a British astrophysicist who, as a postgraduate student, discovered the first radio pulsars with her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish. This discovery was included in the citstion when Hewish shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Martin Ryle.
Bell, Alexander Graham22Alexander Graham Bell (3 March 1847 – 2 August 1922) was an eminent scientist, inventor and innovator most noted as the inventor of the telephone.
Bell, Daniel24Daniel Bell (May 10, 1919 – January 25, 2011) was an American sociologist, writer, editor, and professor emeritus at Harvard University, best known for his seminal contributions to the study of post-industrialism. He has been described as "one of the leading American intellectuals of the postwar era.
Bell, Eric Temple16Eric Temple Bell (7 February 1883 – 21 December 1960) was a mathematician and science fiction author, born in Scotland who lived in the U.S. for most of his life.
Bell, John9John Stewart Bell (June 28 1928 – October 10 1990) was an Irish physicist who worked in the field of particle physics at CERN, and who developed one of the most important theorems of quantum physics, Bell's Theorem.
Bell, Kristen2Kristen Anne Bell (born 18 July 1980) is an American actress and singer.
Bell, Marvin1Marvin Bell (born 3 August 1937) is an American poet.
Bellah, Robert4Robert Neelly Bellah (born 1927) is an American sociologist, now the Elliott Professor of Sociology, Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.
Bellamy, Edward21Edward Bellamy (March 26, 1850 – May 22, 1898) was an American novelist.
Bellegarrigue, Anselme6Anselme Bellegarrigue (born between 1820 and 1825) was an anarchist who took part in the 1848 French Revolution, and who founded the newspaper, L'Anarchie.
Belloc, Hilaire78Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc (27 July 1870 – 16 July 1953) was a British writer and poet, known chiefly for his essays and children's books; he was sometimes referred to by the nickname "Old Thunder".
Bellow, Saul64Saul Bellow (10 June 1915 – 5 April 2005) was an acclaimed Canadian-born American writer. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976 and the National Medal of Arts in 1988.
Bellucci, Monica1Monica Bellucci (born 30 September 1964) is an Italian actress.
Bemmelen, Rein van4Reinout Willem van Bemmelen (April 14, 1904 Batavia (Dutch East Indies) - November 19, 1983 Unterpirkach, Austria) was a Dutch geologist, whose interests were structural geology, economic geology and volcanology. He is known for his work on these subjects and the geology of Indonesia.
Ben Ali, Leila4Leïla Ben Ali (born 24 October 1956) is the wife of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who recently wrote a book called "My Truth".
Ben Ali, Zine El Abidine9Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (born 3 September 1936) was the President of Tunisia, he took power in 1987, and during the Tunisian revolution he had to leave power by 14th January 2011, he fled to Saudi Arabia.
Ben Hecht31Ben Hecht (February 28,1894 – April 18, 1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist and novelist. He received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some seventy films. He wrote thirty-five books and created some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America.
ben Joseph, Akiba4Rabbi Akiba ben Joseph (ca. 50 – ca. 135) was one of the leading rabbis of the 2nd century; he was martyred by the Romans. He has been called the father of Rabbinic Judaism.
Ben Moody12Ben Robert Moody III (born in Little Rock, Arkansas on January 22, 1981) is a two Grammy Awards winner, a former guitarist of Evanescence, the worldwide known band he co-founded with Amy Lee in the mid-1990s, and now a solo artist. Ben's capable of writing true hit ballads like My Immortal and Everything Burns, his solo success, and hard core songs such as The End Has Come from The Punisher movie soundtrack. He also helped creating and recording most recent albums of Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, and Lindsay Lohan, his own, "Can't Regret What You Don't Remember" which has an unknown release date.
Ben-Gurion, David33David Ben-Gurion (16 October 1886 – 1 December 1973) was the first Prime Minister of Israel. He was a leading Zionist campaigner before the establishment of the Jewish state, and played an instrumental role in Israel when the British Mandate in Palestine ended. He carried Israel through the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and lead the country in its first years of existence, not retiring until 1970.
Benchley, Robert25Robert Charles Benchley (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) was an American humorist, critic and actor.
Benda, Julien18Julien Benda (26 December 1867, Paris – 7 June 1956) was a French philosopher and novelist.
Benedict 151Pope Benedict XV (Latin: Benedictus PP. XV), (Italian: Benedetto XV), (1854-11-21 – 1922-01-22), born Giacomo della Chiesa, reigned as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from September 3, 1914 to January 22, 1922.
Benedict of Nursia2Benedict of Nursia (480? – 547?) was the founder of the Benedictine Order and hence of mediaeval monasticism.
Benedict, Paul K.2Paul King Benedict (5 July 1912 – 21 July 1997) was an American linguist who specialized in languages of East and Southeast Asia.
Benenson, Peter3Peter Benenson (31 July 1921 – 25 February 2005) was a British lawyer and the founder of human rights organisation Amnesty International.
Benét, Stephen Vincent51Stephen Vincent Benét (22 July 1898 – 13 March 1943) was an American author, poet, short story writer and novelist.
Benford, Gregory25Gregory Benford (born January 30, 1941, in Mobile, Alabama) is an American science fiction author and astrophysicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine.
Benioff, Marc1Marc Russell Benioff (born September 25, 1964, in San Francisco, California) is Chairman & CEO of Salesforce.com, a CRM company he founded in March 1999.
Benitez, Rafael7Rafael "Rafa" Benítez Maudes (born 16 April 1960) is a Spanish football manager, and former player. He is currently interim manager of Chelsea.
Benjamin, Judah P.2Judah Philip Benjamin (August 6, 1811 – May 6, 1884) was an American politician and lawyer. Born a British subject in the West Indies, he became a citizen of the United States, serving as a Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and then as a U.S. Senator from Louisiana. During the American Civil War, he sided with the Confederacy and held three Cabinet posts in the government of the Confederate States of America. He was the first Jewish Cabinet-member in a North American government, and had previously been the first Jewish nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court (he declined the position). He was the second Jewish U.S. Senator. After the collapse of the Confederacy, he settled in England and and became a distinguished barrister and Queen's Counsel. He died in France.
Benjamin, Park Sr.9Park Benjamin, Sr. (1809–1864) was an American poet, editor and founder of several newspapers.
Benjamin, Walter34Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin (July 15, 1892 – September 27, 1940) was a German Jewish literary critic and philosopher. He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory, and was also greatly inspired by the Marxism of Bertolt Brecht and the Jewish mysticism of Gershom Scholem.
Benn, Nigel7Nigel Benn (born January 22, 1964) is an English former boxer who held world titles at both Middleweight and Super Middleweight. Benn was known as The Dark Destroyer, a nickname that would, ironically, later come back to haunt him.
Benn, Tony51Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn (born 3 April 1925 – 14 March 2014), known as Tony Benn, formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, was a British politician on the left of the Labour Party.
Bennett, Alan34Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) is an English playwright, screenwriter, memoirist, essayist and actor. His works include Forty Years On, An Englishman Abroad, Talking Heads, A Question of Attribution and The Madness of King George. He also created the sketch comedy On the Margin in 1966 with John Sergeant.
Bennett, Arnold7Enoch Arnold Bennett (27 May 1867 – 27 March 1931) was an English novelist and playwright.
Bennett, Billy6William Robertson Russell Bennett (1887 – June 30, 1942) was one of the leading British music-hall comedians of the years between the two world wars. His monologues often parodied well-known recitations of the time.
Bennett, Bruce6Bruce Bennett (19 May 1906 – 24 February 2007), born Harold Herman Brix, was an American actor and Olympic silver medalist shot putter.
Bennett, Tony1Tony Bennett (born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926) is an American popular music, standards and jazz singer.
Benning, Henry Lewis12Henry Lewis Benning (2 April 1814 – 10 July 1875) was a Georgian officer in the Confederate army during the American Civil War.
Benny Andersson2Benny Andersson (born 1946-12-16) is a former member of ABBA and is composer of "Chess", "Kristina från Duvemåla", "Mamma Mia!,"
Benny, Jack73Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. He was one of the biggest stars in classic American radio and was also a major television personality.
Benserade, Isaac de1Isaac de Benserade (baptized November 5, 1613 – October 10, 1691) was a French poet.
Benson, Amber18Amber Nicole Benson (born January 8, 1977, in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American actress best known for playing Tara Maclay, Willow's love interest in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Benson, Arthur Christopher2Arthur Christopher Benson (24 April 1862 – 17 June 1925) was a British essayist, poet and author.
Benson, Edward Frederic3Edward Frederic Benson, known as E.F. Benson, (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist and short story writer.
Benson, George1George Benson (born March 22, 1943) is a ten-time Grammy awards-winning American musician and singer-songwriter. He began his professional career at twenty-one, as a jazz guitarist.
Bentham, Jeremy19Jeremy Bentham (15 February 1748 – 6 June 1832) was a British gentleman, jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. He is best known as an early advocate of utilitarianism and animal rights.
Bentley, Edmund Clerihew27Edmund Clerihew Bentley (July 10, 1875 – March 30, 1956) was a popular English novelist and humorist of the early 20th century, and the inventor of the clerihew, an irregular form of humorous verse on biographical topics.
Bentley, Elizabeth2Elizabeth Bentley (1767–1839) was an English poet, born in Norwich.
Bentley, Richard3Richard Bentley (January 27, 1662 – July 14, 1742) was an English theologian, classical scholar and critic.
Bentsen, Lloyd3Lloyd Millard Bentsen Jr. (February 11, 1921 – May 23, 2006) was a four-term United States senator (1971 until 1993) from Texas and the Democratic Party nominee for Vice President in 1988. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1949 to 1955 and as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and as U.S. Treasury Secretary.
Benzine, Craig3Craig Gene Benzine (born October 5, 1980) is an American video producer, musician, and vlogger better known by his YouTube channel name of WheezyWaiter
Beothius, Anicius9Ancius Manlius Severinus Boethius (480–525) was a Roman Christian philosopher, poet, and politician.
Beranger, Pierre-Jean de10Pierre-Jean de Béranger (19 August 1780 – 16 July 1857) was a prolific French poet and chansonnier (songwriter), who enjoyed great popularity and influence in France during his lifetime, but faded into obscurity in the decades following his death. He has been described as "the most popular French songwriter of all time" and "the first superstar of French popular music".
Berard, Edward V.10Edward V. Berard (born ca 1950) is an American software engineer and consultant for The Object Agency, Inc.
Berardinelli, James62James Berardinelli (born September 1967) is an American online film critic.
Berckelaers, Fernand9Fernand Berckelaers (1901, Antwerp – 1999, Paris), pseudonym Michel Seuphor (anagram of Orpheus), was a Belgian painter, draughtsman, and a designer of carpets. He wrote several books on the history and development of modern abstract art and used all the contacts he had with many abstract artists in Europe and the U.S.
Berdimuhammedov, Gurbanguly1Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov (born 1957) is the president of Turkmenistan since 2006.
Berdyaev, Nikolai22Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev Никола́й Алекса́ндрович Бердя́ев (18 March 1874 {O.S. 6 March}  – 24 March 1948) was a Russian Christian universalist mystic and Christian anarchist political philosopher.
Berenson, Bernard2Bernard Berenson (1865-06-26, Butrimonys (now Vilna), Lithuania – 1959-10-06, Florence, Italy) was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance.
Beresford, Lord Charles1Charles William de la Poer Beresford, 1st Baron Beresford GCB GCVO (10 February 1846 – 6 September 1919), known as Lord Charles Beresford until 1916, was a British Admiral and Member of Parliament.
Berezovsky, Boris4Boris Abramovich Berezovsky (Бори́с Абра́мович Березо́вский; 23 January 1946 – 23 March 2013) was a Russian-born billionaire. Previously an engineering researcher under the Soviet government, Berezovsky became a vastly successful businessman in the early 1990s and acquired political connections which he used to support Boris Yeltsin. However, after the accession of Vladimir Putin, he feared arrest and emigrated to the United Kingdom in 2001 where he was granted political asylum and became a British citizen.
Berg, Alban4Alban Maria Johannes Berg (February 9, 1885 – December 24, 1935) was an Austrian composer. He was a member of the Second Viennese School along with Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern, producing works that combined Mahlerian romanticism with a highly personal adaptation of Schoenberg's twelve-tone technique.
Bergdahl, Bowe10Bowe Bergdahl (born 28 March 1986) is a United States Army soldier.
Bergen, Edgar1Edgar John Bergen (16 February 1903 – 30 September 1978) was an American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist.
Berger, John5John Peter Berger (born November 5, 1926) is an art critic, novelist, painter and author. The best-known among his many works include the novel G., winner of the 1972 Booker Prize, and the introductory essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to a significant BBC series of the same name, and often used as a college text.
Berger, Peter L.6Peter Ludwig Berger (March 17, 1929) is an Austrian-born American sociologist known for his work in the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of religion, study of modernization, and theoretical contributions to sociological theory. He is best known for his book, co-authored with Thomas Luckmann, The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge (New York, 1966), which is considered one of the most influential texts in the sociology of knowledge, and played a central role in the development of social constructionism.
Berger, Sandy1Samuel Richard "Sandy" Berger (born October 28, 1945) served as the 19th United States National Security Advisor under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001.
Bergerac, Cyrano de56Cyrano Hercule Savinien de Bergerac (6 March 1619 – 28 July 1655) was a French dramatist and soldier, most widely remembered because of the fictional romantic play based upon his life by Edmond Rostand.
Bergman, Ingmar66Ingmar Bergman (14 July 1918 – 30 July 2007) was a Swedish director and screenwriter whose unique cinematographic style made him one of the most notable directors of the twentieth century.
Bergman, Ingrid5Ingrid Bergman (August 29, 1915 – August 29, 1982) was a three-time Academy Award-winning, two-time Emmy Award-winning, and Tony Award-winning Swedish actress.
Bergson, Henri15Henri-Louis Bergson (18 October 1859 – 4 January 1941) was a major French philosopher, influential in the first half of the 20th century.
Beria, Lavrentiy6Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria (29 March 1899 – 23 December 1953) was a Soviet politician, and chief of the Soviet security and secret police apparatus under Stalin. He was top deputy of the NKVD during the Great Purge, responsible for many of the millions of imprisonments and killings. He was arrested and executed by his political rivals.
Berio, Luciano3Luciano Berio (October 24, 1925 – May 27, 2003) was an Italian composer. He is noted for his experimental work (in particular his 1968 composition Sinfonia for voices and orchestra) and also for his pioneering work in electronic music.
Berkeley, George26George Berkeley (12 March 1685 – 14 January 1753), also known as Bishop Berkeley, was an influential Irish philosopher whose primary philosophical achievement is the advancement of a theory he called "immaterialism" (later referred to as "subjective idealism" by others).
Berkman, Alexander4Alexander Berkman (November 21, 1870 – June 28, 1936) was a prominent Russian-born anarchist, and a close associate of Emma Goldman. His adult life was largely spent in the United States, Germany and France.
Berkovic, Eyal2Eyal Berkovic (born April 2, 1972) is a former Israeli footballer who captained the Israeli national team.
Berle, Adolf A.12Adolf Augustus Berle, Jr. (January 27, 1895 – February 17, 1971) was an American lawyer, educator, author, and diplomat. He was the author of The Modern Corporation and Private Property, a groundbreaking work on corporate governance, and an important member of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt's "Brain Trust".
Berle, Milton1Milton Berle (July 12, 1908 – March 27, 2002) was an American comedian and actor.
Berleant, Arnold1Arnold Berleant (born 1932) is an American scholar and author who is active both in philosophy and music.
Berlet, Chip7Chip Berlet (born November 22, 1949) is an American political writer.
Berlin, Irving2Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist.
Berlin, Isaiah17Sir Isaiah Berlin (6 June 1909 – 5 November 1997) was a political philosopher and historian of ideas, regarded as one of the leading liberal thinkers of the 20th century.
Berlioz, Hector9Louis Hector Berlioz (December 11 1803 – March 8 1869) was a French composer, conductor and music critic, widely seen as the greatest representative in music of the French Romantic school.
Berlusconi, Silvio51Silvio Berlusconi (born 29 September 1936, in Milan) is an Italian businessman and politician, who served three terms as the country's Prime Minister between 1994 and 2011.
Berman, Chris1Christopher ("Boomer") James Berman (born May 10, 1955, in Greenwich, Connecticut) is a sportscaster who anchors SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown, Baseball Tonight and other programming on ESPN.
Berman, Russell15Russell A. Berman (born May 14, 1950) is an American professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature. He is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University.
Bernadotte, Folke 1Count Folke Bernadotte of Wisborg (2 January 1895 – 17 September 1948) was a Swedish diplomat and United Nations mediator. He was assassinated in Jerusalem in 1948 by Lehi militants.
Bernal, John Desmond25John Desmond Bernal (May 10, 1901 – September 15, 1971) was an Irish-born scientist known for pioneering X-ray crystallography in molecular biology, and considered one of the United Kingdom's most well-known and controversial scientists.
Bernanke, Ben6Ben Shalom Bernanke (born December 13, 1953) 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 his tenure as chairman, Bernanke oversaw the Federal Reserve's response to the late-2000s financial crisis.
Bernanos, Georges42Georges Bernanos (20 February 1888 – 5 July 1948) was a French writer. A Roman Catholic and royalist, his novel The Diary of a Country Priest was filmed by Robert Bresson.
Bernard Landry5Bernard Landry (born. March 9, 1937) is a Quebecois lawyer, teacher and politician. He was the 28th Premier of Quebec (2001–2003), the leader of the Opposition (2003–2005) and leader of the Parti Québécois (2001–2005).
Bernard of Clairvaux37St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – August 21 1153), abbot of Clairvaux, was a highly influential French churchman, theologian and mystic. He was one of the founders of the Cistercian, or Bernardine, monastic order.
Bernard, Claude19Claude Bernard (July 12, 1813 – February 10, 1878) was a French physiologist.
Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Jacques-Henri1Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (19 January 1737 - 21 January 1814) was a French writer and botanist. He is most famous for his 1788 novel Paul et Virginie, which in the 19th century was a very popular children's book.
Bernart de Ventadorn5Bernart de Ventadorn (or Bernard de Ventadour) (c. 1125 – c. 1190) was a Provençal troubadour His song "Can vei la lauzeta mover" is one of the best-known works of Occitan literature
Bernays, Edward15Edward Bernays (November 22, 1891 – March 9, 1995) was an Austrian-born American publicist, sometimes called "the father of public relations".
Bernays, Paul5Paul Isaac Bernays (17 October 1888 – 18 September 1977) was a Swiss mathematician, who made significant contributions to mathematical logic, axiomatic set theory, and the philosophy of mathematics. He was an assistant and close collaborator of David Hilbert.
Berne, Eric4Eric Berne (May 10, 1910 – July 15, 1970) was an American psychiatrist and writer, best known as the creator of Transactional analysis, and as the author of Games People Play: the Psychology of Human Relations (1964).
Berners-Lee, Tim22Tim Berners-Lee (born 8 June 1955) is the inventor of the World Wide Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which oversees its continued development.
Bernhard, Sandra1Sandra Bernhard (born 6 June 1955 in Flint, Michigan) is an American actress and comedian.
Bernhardt, Sarah8Sarah Bernhardt (23 October 1844 – 26 March 1923), born Marie Henriette Bernardt, was a French stage actress.
Berni, Francisco1Francesco Berni (ca. 1497 – May 26, 1536) was an Italian poet credited for beginning what is now known as "Bernesque poetry", a serio-comedic type of poetry with elements of satire.
Bernis, Francois5François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis (22 May 1715 – 3 November 1794) was a French cardinal and statesman. He was the sixth member elected to occupy seat 3 of the Académie française in 1744.
Bernoulli, Daniel1Daniel Bernoulli (8 February 1700 – 8 March 1782) was a Dutch-Swiss mathematician and was one of the many prominent mathematicians in the Bernoulli family. He is particularly remembered for his applications of mathematics to mechanics, especially fluid mechanics, and for his pioneering work in probability and statistics.
Bernstein, Andrew2Andrew Bernstein (born 29 June 1949) is an American Objectivist philosopher.
Bernstein, Carl6Carl Bernstein (born February 14, 1944) is an American journalist who, as a reporter for The Washington Post along with Bob Woodward, broke the story of the Watergate break-in and consequently helped bring about the resignation of US president Richard Nixon. For his role in breaking the scandal, Bernstein received many awards; his work helped earn the Post a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1973.
Bernstein, Charles6Charles Bernstein (born April 4, 1950) is an American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is one of the most prominent members of the Language poets.
Bernstein, Leonard10Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist.
Bernus, Peter5Peter Bernus (born 1949) is an Hungarian-Australian scientist and Associate Professor of Enterprise Architecture at the School of Information and Communication Technology, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
Béroalde de Verville, François2François Béroalde de Verville (27 April 1556 – October 19-26 1626) was a French Renaissance novelist, poet and intellectual.
Berra, Yogi25Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (born 12 May 1925) is a former American baseball player, manager and member of Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame, noted for his malapropisms.
Berrigan, Daniel1Daniel Berrigan (born May 9, 1921) is a peace activist and Roman Catholic priest. Daniel and his brother Philip performed non-violent actions against war.
Berrigan, Philip4Philip Berrigan (October 5, 1923 – December 6, 2002) was an American Christian anarchist and peace activist.
Berry, Chuck43Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born October 18, 1926) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and a pioneer of rock and roll music.
Berry, Halle23Halle Maria Berry (born August 14, 1966) is an American actress, former fashion model, and beauty queen. Berry has received Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in Monster's Ball, becoming the first and, as of 2008, only woman of African-American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood and also a Revlon spokeswoman. She has also been involved in the production side of several of her films.
Berry, Paul2Paul Berry (born June 3, 1976) is a Northern Ireland unionist politician.
Berry, Scyld1Anthony Scyld Ivens Berry (born 28 April 1954) is the editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack and Sunday Telegraph Cricket correspondent.
Berry, Sian2Sian Berry (born 9 July 1974 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire) is an English politician and member of the Green Party of England and Wales. She was previously one of the Green Party's Principal Speakers (2006–2007).Sian Berry's Green Party Website Biography She was selected as the party's candidate in the 2008 London mayoral election.Green Party Website Press Release March 12th 2007 - Siân Berry Chosen as London Mayoral Candidate
Berry, Wendell83Wendell Berry (born 5 August 1934) is an American philosopher, poet, essayist, farmer, novelist and social activist.
Bertalanffy, Ludwig von59Ludwig von Bertalanffy (September 19, 1901 – June 12, 1972) was an Austrian-born biologist known as one of the founders of general systems theory.
Bertin, Jacques24Jacques Bertin (July 27, 1918 – May 3, 2010) was a French cartographer and theorist, known from his book Semiologie Graphique (Semiology of Graphics), published in 1967. This monumental work, based on his experience as a cartographer and geographer, represents the first and widest intent to provide a theoretical foundation to Information Visualization.
Bertoletti, Leon9Leon Bertoletti (born 1971, Switzerland) is an Italian journalist and author.
Besant, Walter8Sir Walter Besant (August 14, 1836 - June 9, 1881) was an English novelist and historian.
Besson, Luc8Luc Besson (French pronunciation: ​lyk bɛsɔ̃; born 18 March 1959) is a French film director, writer, and producer.
Best, George7George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional football player, best known for his years with Manchester United.
Bester, Alfred13Alfred Bester (December 18, 1913 – September 30, 1987) was an American science fiction author, TV and radio scriptwriter, magazine editor and scripter for comic strips and comic books.
Beston, Henry2Henry Beston (June 1, 1888 – April 15, 1968) was an American writer and naturalist, best known as the author of The Outermost House, written in 1928.
Betancourt, Íngrid6Ingrid Betancourt Pulecio (born 25 December 1961) is a Colombian politician.
Beteille, Andre6Andre Beteille (born September 30, 1934) is an Indian sociologist.
Bethe, Hans1Hans Albrecht Bethe (July 2, 1906 – March 6, 2005) was a German-American physicist, and Nobel laureate in physics for his work on the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis.
Bethell, Richard1Richard Bethell, 1st Baron Westbury PC, QC (30 June 1800 – 20 July 1873), was a British lawyer, judge and Liberal politician. He served as Lord Chancellor of Great Britain between 1861 and 1865.
Bethune, George Washington, Preacher1George Washington Bethune (March 18, 1805 – April 28, 1862) was a preacher-pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church.
Betjeman, John26Sir John Betjeman CBE (28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was an English poet, architectural conservationist and broadcaster. He was the British Poet Laureate from 1972 until his death in 1984.
Bettany, Paul2Paul Bettany (born May 27, 1971) is an English actor.
Beuys, Joseph36Joseph Beuys (May 12, 1921 – January 23, 1986) was a German conceptual artist, who produced work in a number of forms including sculpture, performance art, video art and installations. He was inspired by the ideas of Rudolf Steiner and the French artist Yves Klein. Beuys was an important teacher of famous neo-expressionist German artists as Jörg Immendorff, Walter Dahn, Anselm Kiefer and Blinky Palermo. Beuys held a lot of lectures in the U.S. Beuys enlarged the area of art to the whole life of mankind; everybody is an artist. He introduced the notion of social sculpture.
Beveridge, William Henry8William Henry Beveridge, 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggal (5 March 1879 – 16 March 1963) was a British economist and social reformer.
Beveridge, William Ian3William Ian Beardmore Beveridge (1908 - August 14, 2006) was an Australian animal pathologist and director of the Institute of Animal Pathology, University of Cambridge
Bevin, Ernest16Ernest Bevin (9 March 1881 – 14 April 1951) was a British Trade Unionist and politician best known for his service as Minister of Labour in the war-time coalition, and as Foreign Secretary in the post-war Labour government. With a working-class westcountry background, he had little formal education but rose to prominence through his trade union work; he was the guiding force behind the formation of the Transport and General Workers Union and was its General Secretary from 1922 to 1940.
Bhabha, Homi Jehangir5Homi Jehangir Bhabha, FRS (30 October 1909 – 24 January 1966) was an Indian nuclear physicist and the chief architect of the Indian atomic energy program. He was also responsible for the establishment of two well-known research institutions, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), and the Atomic Energy Establishment at Trombay, which after Bhabha's death was renamed as the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). As a scientist, he is remembered for deriving a correct expression for the probability of scattering positrons by electrons, a process now known as Bhabha scattering.
Bhagat, Chetan37Chetan Bhagat (born 22 April 1974) is an Indian author, columnist, and speaker. Bhagat is the author of bestselling novels, Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), and What Young India Wants (2012). All the books have remained bestsellers since their release and three have inspired Bollywood films (including the hit films 3 Idiots and Kai Po Che!). In 2008, The New York Times called Bhagat "the biggest selling English language novelist in India's history". Bhagat, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, is seen more as a youth icon than as an author. Time magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Bhagat writes op-ed columns for popular English and Hindi newspapers, including The Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar, focusing on youth, career and issues based on national development. Bhagat voices his opinion frequently at leading events. He quit his investment banking career in 2009, to focus on writing.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh43Osho Hindi: ओशो (11 December 1931 – 19 January 1990), born Chandra Mohan Jain चन्द्र मोहन जैन, and also known as Acharya Rajneesh from the 1960s onwards, as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh during the 1970s and 1980s and as Osho from 1989, was an Indian mystic, guru, and spiritual teacher who inspired a controversial spiritual movement in India, the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, and many other countries. His syncretic teachings emphasise the importance of meditation, awareness, love, celebration, courage, creativity and humour — qualities that he viewed as being suppressed by adherence to static belief systems, religious tradition and socialisation.
Bhagwandas, Rana2Rana Bhagwandas (Urdu, Sindhi: رانا بھگوان داس) (born December 20, 1942) is a Pakistani senior judge and former acting-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Originally from a Sindhi family of Rajput origin, Bhagwandas is notable for being the first Hindu and third non-Muslim to serve as the Pakistani Chief Justice. Prior to his judicial career in the national supreme court, he also served as the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court.
Bhakti Tirtha Swami61Bhakti Tirtha Swami (February 25 1950 – June 27 2005), also known as Swami Krishnapada, was a prominent scholar, Gaudiya Vaishnava Hindu teacher, and religious leader of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, commonly known as the Hare Krishna Movement. He was the disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Bharathy, Subramanya11Subramanya Bharathi (11 December 1882 – 11 September 1921) was a Tamil poet from Tamil Nadu, India, an independence activist and iconoclastic reformer. Also known as Bharathy, and Mahakavi Bharathi (the laudatory epithet Maha Kavi meaning Great Poet in many Indian languages), he is celebrated as one of India's greatest poets.
Bhatt, Ela R.27Ela Ramesh Bhatt (born September 7, 1933) is an an exemplary Indian social worker, cooperative organiser, activist and Gandhian. Her legal training and interaction with Gandhi influenced her to establish the Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA) in 1972. Bhatt is a part of the international labour, cooperative, women, and micro-finance movements. She has won several prestigious national and international awards such as the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1977), Right Livelihood Award (1984) and the Padma Bhushan (1986).
Bhimsen Joshi15Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi (Kannada: ಭೀಮಸೇನ ಗುರುರಾಜ ಜೋಷಿ, February 4, 1922 – January 24, 2011) was an Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition trained under Sawai Gandharva. He was known as the "living superstar of the Kirana Gharana". His repertoire is in the khayal form of singing. He was renowned also for renditions of devotional music such as bhajans and abhangs. He was widely acclaimed and honoured and his notable awards are the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1998, the highest honour conferred by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama and the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, in 2008. He has recorded songs for films and also sung few celebrated patriotic songs such as Mile Sur Mera Tumhara in the music video (1988) with several other celebrated singers and the National Anthem Jana Gana Mana produced by A. R. Rahman on the occasion of 50th year of Indian Republic.
Bhittai, Shah Abdul Latif4Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (1689 – 1752) (Sindhi: شاھ عبدالطيف ڀٽائيِ, Urdu: ,شاہ عبداللطیف بھٹائی) was a Sindhi Sufi scholar, mystic, saint, poet, and musician. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest poets of the Sindhi language. His collected poems were assembled in the compilation Shah Jo Risalo.
Bhutto, Benazir31Benazir Bhutto (21 June 1953 – 27 December 2007) was a Pakistani politician, the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state, twice elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan, first in 1988 and again 1993. She was the eldest child of former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and was assasinated in December of 2007 while campaigning for the Pakistan Peoples Party which her father had founded.
Bhutto, Zulfikar Ali37Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (5 January 1928 – 4 April 1979) served as the President of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973 and as Prime Minister from 1973 to 1977. Bhutto was made leader of Pakistan hastily shortly after Pakistan's bitter defeat in 1971. He was the founder of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), largest and most influential political party of Pakistan. Bhutto was executed in 1979 following a controversial trial in which he was convicted of authorizing the murder of a political opponent. His son, Murtaza Bhutto was Member of Parliament of Pakistan and was also assassinated in 1996 Police encounter. His daughter Benazir Bhutto afterwards became leader of the PPP, serving twice as Prime Minister of Pakistan before her assassination on 27 December 2007.
Biafra, Jello23Jello Biafra (born Eric Reed Boucher on June 17, 1958) is a punk rock musician, spoken word artist, and activist.
Bias of Priene21Bias (Greek: Βίας ο Πριηνεὺς, 6th century BC), the son of Teutamus and a citizen of Priene was a Greek philosopher. Satyrus called him the wisest of all the Seven Sages of Greece.
Bibesco, Elizabeth23Princess Elizabeth (Asquith) Bibesco (26 February 1897 – 7 April 1945) was an English writer and poet, active between 1921 and 1940. A final posthumous collection of her stories, poems and aphorisms was published under the title Haven in 1951.
Bichat, Xavier1Marie François Xavier Bichat (14 November 1771 - 22 July 1802) was a French anatomist and physiologist.
Bickerstaffe, Isaac10Isaac Bickerstaffe (dates unclear, 1733? - 1808?) was an Irish playwright who arrived in London in 1755 and produced many successful comedies and opera librettos.
Bickersteth, Edward Henry2Edward Henry Bickersteth (January 25, 1825 – May 16, 1906) was a bishop in the Church of England.
Bickerton, Alexander William2Alexander William Bickerton (7 January 1842 – 21 January 1929) was a New Zealand chemist and astronomer.
Biden, Joe73Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (born 20 November 1942) is the current Vice President of the United States of America. A lawyer and politician from the Delawarean city of Wilmington, Biden is a member of the Democratic Party.
Bidhan Chandra Roy17Bidhan Chandra Roy (July 1, 1882 – July 1, 1962), popularly known as B.C.Roy, was a noted Indian physician and a renowned freedom fighter. He served with the Indian National Congress as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for 14 years from 1948 until his death in 1962. In India, his birth anniversary is celebrated as the National Doctor's Day on July 1 every year. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, on 4 February 1961.
Bieber, Justin37Justin Bieber (born 1 March 1994) is a pop and R&B singer from Canada.
Biel, Gabriel4Gabriel Biel (c. 1420 – 7 December 1495) was a German scholastic philosopher.
Bierce, Ambrose148Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – date of death uncertain; probably December 1913 or early 1914) was an American satirist, critic, short story writer, editor and journalist. He is perhaps most famous for his serialized mock lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary, in which, over the years, he scathed American culture and accepted wisdom by pointing out alternate, more practical definitions for common words.
Big L (rapper)51Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), better known as Big L, was an American rap artist.
Bigg, John Stanyan3John Stanyan Bigg (1828–1865) was an English poet of the Spasmodic School.
Biggs, Jason9Jason Matthew Biggs (born May 12, 1978) is an American actor best known for his role as Jim Levenstein in the American Pie series of teen comedy films. He voiced Leonardo in the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series, and portrays Larry Bloom in Orange Is the New Black.
Biko, Steve10Stephen Bantu Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977) was a noted anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s.
Bilbo, Theodore G.3Theodore G. Bilbo (October 13, 1877 – August 21, 1947) was both the 39th and the 43rd Governor of Mississippi. He subsequently represented that state in the United States Senate.
Bilic, Slaven1Slaven Bilić (born 11 September 1968) is a former croatian footballer, currently managing Beşiktaş in Turkish Süper Lig. He started playing in 1988 for his hometown club Hajduk Split and later had successful foreign spells with Karlsruher SC in Germany, and West Ham United and Everton in England before retiring from active football in 2001.
Bill Finger4William "Bill" Finger (February 8, 1914 – January 18, 1974) was an American writer best known as the uncredited co-creator, with Bob Kane, of the DC Comics character Batman, as well as the co-architect of the series' development.
Bill Hicks62William Melvin "Bill" Hicks (16 December 1961 – 26 February 1994) was an American stand-up comedian, satirist and social critic.
Bill Nye (disambiguation)4Bill Nye (born 1955) is an American scientist known for his role in the television program Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Bill Watterson172William B. "Bill" Watterson II (born July 5 1958) is the author of the comic-strip Calvin and Hobbes.
Billie Holiday23Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), born Eleanora Fagan Goughy, was an American singer, generally considered one of the greatest jazz voices of all time; she was also known as Lady Day.
Billings, Josh92Henry Wheeler Shaw (21 April 1818 – 14 October 1885), better known by his pen name Josh Billings, was an American humorist. He was perhaps the second most famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States in the 2nd half of the 19th century, after Mark Twain, although his reputation has not fared so well with later generations.
Billy Bragg2Stephen William Bragg, known as Billy Bragg (born December 20, 1957) is an English musician known for his blend of folk, punk-rock, and protest music, and his poetic lyrics dealing with political as well as romantic themes.
Billy the Kid2William Henry McCarty, Jr. (November 23, 1859 – July 14, 1881), better known as Billy the Kid, but also known by the aliases Henry Antrim and William Harrison Bonney, was a 19th century American frontier outlaw and murderer who was a participant in the Lincoln County War.
bin Laden, Osama65Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (10 March 1957 – 2 May 2011) was the founder of al-Qaeda, a militant Islamic organization that has been involved in terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets around the world, especially against western countries.
Binchy, Maeve13Maeve Binchy (May 28 1940 – July 30 2012) was a bestselling Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, columnist and speaker best known for her humorous take on small-town life in Ireland, her descriptive characters, her interest in human nature and her often clever surprise endings.
Binet, Hélène8Hélène Binet (born 1959) is a Swiss-French architectural photographer based in London, who is also one of the leading architectural photographers in the world.
Binnig, Gerd1Gerd Binnig (born July 20, 1947) is a German physicist, who he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1986 with Heinrich Rohrer for their design of the scanning tunneling microscope.
Binoche, Juliette2Juliette Binoche (born March 9, 1964) is a French film actress.
Binyon, Laurence2Robert Laurence Binyon, CH (August 10, 1869 – March 10, 1943) was an English poet. He was a Quaker and a pacifist who worked during the First World War as a medical orderly with the Red Cross on the Western Front. He is mainly known for his poem "For the Fallen," which is quoted on many war memorials.
Bion of Borysthenes14Bion of Borysthenes (c. 325 – c. 250 BC) was a Greek philosopher closely allied to the Cynic school, who was famous in the ancient world for his witty remarks.
Biot, Jean-Baptiste2Jean-Baptiste Biot (April 21, 1774 – February 3, 1862) was a French physicist, astronomer and mathematician who established the reality of meteorites. In the early 1800s, he studied the polarisation of light passing through chemical solutions, as well as the relationship between electrical current and magnetism. The Biot–Savart law, which describes the magnetic field generated by a steady current, is named after him and Félix Savart.
Bioy Casares, Adolfo21Adolfo Bioy Casares (September 15, 1914 – March 8, 1999) was an Argentine fiction writer.
Bird, Brad1Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird (born 11 September 1957) is an American director, animator and screenwriter.
Bird, Larry19Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time and one of the top clutch performers in the history of sports. Drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1979, Bird started at small forward and power forward for thirteen seasons, teaming with legendary center Robert Parish and forward Kevin McHale. Due to back problems, he retired as a player from the NBA in 1992. Bird was voted to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996 and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. He served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. In 2003, he assumed the role of president of basketball operations for the Pacers, which he currently still holds.
Birdman (entertainer)1Bryan Williams (born February 15, 1969), better known by his stage name Birdman or Baby, is an American rapper, businessman, and record producer. He is the co-founder of Cash Money Records and one half of the duo Big Tymers.
Birgeneau, Robert5Robert Joseph Birgeneau (born 25 March 1942) is a Canadian physicist educator and university administrator. He is the ninth chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, and the fourteenth president of the University of Toronto from 2000 to 2004.
Biriuzov, Sergei5Sergei Semenovich Biriuzov (August 21, 1904 – October 19, 1964) was a Marshal of the Soviet Union and Chief of the General Staff. On March 11, 1955, Biriuzov was given the rank of Marshal of the Soviet Union. Between April 1955 and April 1962, Biriuzov was the Commander in Chief of the National Air Defense Force. After this, he was made Commander in Chief of the Strategic Missile Force, and in 1963, he was made the Chief of the General Staff. On October 19, 1964, Biriuzov was killed in a plane crash on the mount Avala near Belgrade. The urn containing his ashes is buried in the Kremlin.
Birju Maharaj8Brijmohan Mishra (Hindi: बृजमोहन मिश्र) (born February 4, 1938), popularly known as Pandit Birju Maharaj (Hindi: पंडित बिरजू महाराज), is a legendary Indian dancer of Kathak style of dancing of the Lucknow Kalka-Bindadin gharana and has earned the sobriquet “Kathak dance Wizard”. Apart from dancing, he is a virtuoso singer of Hindustani classical music. His choreographing skills has taken the Kathak dance to peak of popularity. He has founded the Kalashram, an instituion to promote Kathak dance form. He has been honoured with Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award, in addition to several prestigious awards.
Birkett, William Norman, 1st Baron Birkett1The Right Honourable (William) Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett, PC (6 September 1883 – 10 February 1962) was a noted British barrister and judge who served as the alternate British Judge during the Nuremberg trials after World War II.
Birrell, Augustine9Augustine Birrell (19 January 1850 – 20 November 1933) was an English essayist, biographer and politician.
Birtwistle, Harrison3Sir Harrison Paul Birtwistle CH (born 15 July 1934) is an English composer who, like Peter Maxwell Davies and Alexander Goehr, first came to public attention in the 1950s as a member of the New Music Manchester group.
Bishop, Elizabeth6Elizabeth Bishop (February 8, 1911 – October 6, 1979) was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1956.
Bishop, Isabel2Isabel Bishop (3 March 1902 – 19 February 1988) was a major painter of Depression-era social realism. An example of which is her painting On the Street. She was also a pioneer of feminist art.
Bishop, Jim1James Alonzo "Jim" Bishop (21 November 1907 – 26 July 1987) was an American journalist and author.
Bishop, Michael7Michael Lawson Bishop (born November 12, 1945, in Lincoln, Nebraska) is an award-winning American science fiction and fantasy writer.
Bismarck, Otto von22Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg (1 April 1815 – 30 July 1898), was a German aristocrat and statesman; he was Prime Minister of Prussia (1862–1890), and the first Chancellor of Germany (1871–1890). Nicknamed the Iron Chancellor he is noted for his laconic remarks.
Bismillah Khan17Bismillah Khan (Urdu: استاد بسم اللہ خان صاحب‎; March 21, 1913 – August 21, 2006) was a legendary Indian musician of the wind instrument the Shehnai which he popularized and brought it to a pinnacle of glory and for which he got the honorific Ustad prefixed to his name. The Shehnai, which was a folk instrument played primarily during traditional ceremonies was elevated to the status of playing solo on the concert stage. During his life time he was one of the few artists who received all the four Padma awards, and topped with the India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 2001. He was a pious Shi'ite Muslim, but an Indian devotee of Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of wisdom and arts. He often played at Hindu temples, including the famous Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi on the banks of the river Ganga.
Bittencourt de Oliveira, Simone19Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira (born 25 December 1949), known as Simone, is a Brazilian singer.
Bittrich, Wilhelm3Wilhelm Bittrich (February 26, 1894 – April 19, 1979) was an Obergruppenführer of the German SS and a Waffen-SS General during World War II. He is perhaps now best remembered for his contribution to the defeat of the failed allied airborne offensive Operation Market Garden which took place in the Netherlands in September of 1944. Bittrich survived the War and died in a local hospital in Wolfratshausen, Bavaria on April 19, 1979.
Bizet, Georges2Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875) was a French composer of the romantic era most famous for his opera Carmen.
Bjork21Björk Guðmundsdóttir (born 21 November 1965), Icelandic singer and actress.
Blaauw, Gerrit15Gerrit Anne (Gerry) Blaauw (born July 17, 1924) is a Dutch computer scientist, known as one of the principal designers of the IBM System/360 line of computers, together with Fred Brooks, Gene Amdahl, and others.
Blacc, Aloe2Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III (born January 7, 1979), better known as Aloe Blacc, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and musician.
Black Elk36Nicholas Black Elk Hehaka Sapa (c. December 1863 – 17 August or 19 August 1950 sources differ) was a famous Wichasha Wakan (Medicine Man or Holy Man) and Heyoka of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux). He participated at about the age of twelve in the Battle of Little Big Horn of 1876, and was wounded in the massacre that occurred at Wounded Knee in 1890.
Black Kettle7Chief Black Kettle (Cheyenne, Moke-tav-a-to) (1813 – November 27, 1868) was a Cheyenne leader who unsuccessfully attempted to resist white settlement from Kansas and Colorado territories. He survived the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864 but died in the 1868 Battle of Washita River.
Black, Bob26Bob Black (born 4 January 1951) is an American anarchist writer.
Black, Conrad10Conrad Moffat Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour, PC, OC, KCSG (born 25 August 1944) is a historian, columnist and publisher who was for a time the third biggest newspaper magnate in the world. Black was convicted of criminal fraud and obstruction of justice.
Black, Hugo20Hugo LaFayette Black (February 27, 1886 – September 25, 1971) was an American politician and jurist. A member of the Democratic Party, Black represented the state of Alabama in the United States Senate from 1927 to 1937, and served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1937 until his death.
Black, Jack6Jack Black (born Thomas J. Black, Jr. on August 28, 1969) is an award-winning American actor, comedian and musician. Black and Kyle Gass are the comedy/rock duo Tenacious D.
Black, Joseph3Joseph Black (1728-1799) was a Scottish physician and chemist, known for his discoveries of latent heat, specific heat, and carbon dioxide.
Black, Lewis58Lewis Niles Black (born August 30, 1948) is a Grammy Award-winning American stand-up comedian, author, playwright and actor.
Blackburn, Simon29Simon Blackburn (born 1944) is a British academic philosopher known for his work in quasi-realism and his efforts to popularise philosophy. He recently retired as professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge, but remains a distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, teaching every spring semester.
Blacker, Valentine3Valentine Blacker (1778 – 4 February 1826) was a lieutenant colonel in the Honourable East India Company and later Surveyor General of India.
Blacker, William1Lieutenant-Colonel William Blacker (1 September 1777 – 25 November 1855) was an Irish British Army officer and Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He published under a variety of pseudonyms, and his works are sometimes misattributed to Valentine Blacker, also a Lieutenant-Colonel.
Blackmore, Richard5Sir Richard Blackmore (January 22 1654 – October 9, 1729) was an English poet, religious writer and physician.
Blackmore, Ritchie1Ritchie Blackmore (born 14 April 1945) is a British guitarist and songwriter, who began his professional career as a session musician as a member of the instrumental band The Outlaws
Blackmore, Susan6Dr. Susan Jane Blackmore, PhD, MSc, BA (born 29 July 1951, in London) is a British psychologist, researcher, freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, perhaps best known for her book The Meme Machine. She is well know for her studies and books on memetics, consciousness and parapsychology.
Blackmun, Harry4Harry Andrew Blackmun (November 12, 1908 – March 4, 1999) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1970 until 1994. Appointed by Republican President Richard Nixon, Blackmun ultimately became one of the most liberal justices on the Court. He is best known as the author of the Court's opinion in Roe v. Wade
Blackmur,Richard Palmer1Richard Palmer Blackmur (January 21, 1904 – February 2, 1965) was an American literary critic and poet.
Blackstone, William12Sir William Blackstone (July 10, 1723 – February 14, 1780) was an English jurist and professor who produced the historical treatise on the common law called Commentaries on the Laws of England.
Blackwood, Richard5Richard Blackwood (born 15 May 1972) is a British stand-up comedian, television personality, sometime actor and MC.
Blagojevich, Rod6Rod Blagojevich (born December 10, 1956) is a former American politician, and former Governor of Illinois. He was removed from office by the Illinois State Senate on January 29, 2009 and later went to federal prison for corruption.
Blaine, David3David Blaine (born David Blaine White on April 4, 1973, in Brooklyn, New York City, USA) is an American illusionist and stunt performer.
Blaine, James G.2James Gillespie Blaine (31 January 1830 – 27 January 1893) was a U.S. Representative, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, U.S. Senator from Maine, two-time United States Secretary of State, and champion of the Half-Breeds. He was a dominant Republican leader of the post-Civil War period, obtaining the 1884 Republican nomination, but losing to Democrat Grover Cleveland.
Blair, Cherie3Cherie Blair (born 23 September 1954), known professionally as Cherie Booth, is a British barrister. She is better known as the wife of the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. She also thought of a political career and was a Labour Party candidate in 1983, but has concentrated on her legal career.
Blair, Hugh14Hugh Blair (7 April 1718 – 27 December 1800) was a Scottish author, considered one of the first great theorists of written discourse. As a Presbyterian preacher and occupant of the Chair of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres at the University of Edinburgh, Blair's teachings had a great impact in both the spiritual and the secular realms. Best known for Sermons, a five volume endorsement of practical Christian morality, and Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, a prescriptive guide on composition, Blair was a valuable part of the Scottish Enlightenment.
Blair, Robert9Robert Blair (1699 – 4 February 1746) was a Scottish poet.
Blair, Tony85Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born May 6, 1953) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 2, 1997 to June 27, 2007. He was an employment law barrister before being elected to Parliament as Labour Party MP for the constituency of Sedgefield in 1983. Becoming Labour Party leader in 1994, he adopted moderate pro-free market policies and won a landslide victory in the 1997 general election. His decision to send UK forces to assist in the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 was highly controversial and surrounding scandals tarnished his image, although he was re-elected in 2005.
Blake, James1James Blake (born December 28, 1979, in Yonkers, NY) is an American professional tennis player.
Blake, Peter15Sir Peter Thomas Blake (born 25 June 1932) is an English pop artist. His best known work is the image on the cover of the The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He has since complained he was only paid £200 for this. He used images from comics, magizines, consumers goods, and other images to create colorful paintings.
Blake, William173William Blake (November 28 1757 – August 21 1827) was an English poet, Christian mystic, painter, printmaker, and engraver.
Blakey, Art3Art Blakey (October 11 1919 – October 16 1990), jazz drummer.
Blalock, Jolene1Jolene Blalock (born March 5, 1975) is an American actress, best known for her role in the science-fiction TV series Star Trek: Enterprise.
Blanc, Raymond2Raymond Blanc (born 1949) is a French chef.
Blanchard, Olivier2Olivier Jean Blanchard (born December 27, 1948) is an French economist, and the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund since 2008.
Blanchard, Samuel Laman47Samuel Laman Blanchard (May 15, 1804 – February 15, 1845) was an English poet, essayist and journalist.
Blanchett, Cate32Catherine Élise Blanchett (born May 14, 1969) is an Australian actress of film and theater. She has received wide acclaim and is a two-time Academy Award winner.
Blanchflower, David3David Blanchflower (born 2 March 1952) is a former member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee.
Blanco, Cuauhtemoc4Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo (born January 17, 1973) is a Mexican football striker, who currently plays for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer and for the Mexican national team.
Blandy, William H. P.1William Henry Purnell Blandy (28 June 1890 – 12 January 1954) was an United States Navy Admiral who was most known for overseeing the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Island in the Pacific Ocean.
Blavatsky, Helena Petrovna36Helena Petrovna Hahn (also Hélène) (July 31, 1831 (O.S.) (August 12, 1831 (N.S.)) – May 8, 1891), better known as "Helena Blavatsky" or "Madame Blavatsky", was the founder of Theosophy.
Blears, Hazel1Hazel Anne Blears MP (born 14 May 1956) is a British politician and is the Labour Member of Parliament for Salford. She was Minister without Portfolio and Labour Party Chair between 5 May 2006 and 24 June 2007.Since 27 June 2007 she has served as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. She is currently one of the MP's under investigation by the parliamentary commissioner for standards over inappropriate expense claims. On 3rd June 2009, she announced that she would be resigning from the Cabinet, to come into effect at the forthcoming Cabinet reshuffle.
Bledel, Alexis2Kimberly Alexis Bledel (born September 16, 1981) is an American actress and former fashion model. She is best known for her role in the television series Gilmore Girls and for the films Tuck Everlasting, Sin City, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Bleecker, Ann Eliza5Ann Eliza Bleecker (1752 – November 23 1783) was an American poet and correspondent who experienced the American Revolution first-hand and recorded it.
Bleibtreu-Ehrenberg, Gisela5Gisela Bleibtreu-Ehrenberg (born 2 August, 1929) is a German sociologist, ethnologist, and writer further specializing into the fields of psychology, Indo-European studies, religious studies, philology, linguistics, and philosophy, since 1980 also increasingly anthropology. Being especially active in the fields of sexuology, homophobia, and prejudice studies, she was until her retirement a leading member of the German Society for Social-Scientific Sexuality Research.
Bleu, Corbin7Corbin Bleu Reivers (born February 21, 1989, in Brooklyn, :New York), primarily known as Corbin Bleu, is an American actor, model, dancer and vocalist, he has acted in High School Musical, Flight 29 Down, Hannah Montana, The Beautiful Life .
Blinder, Alan1Alan Stuart Blinder (born October 14, 1945) is an American economist. He serves at Princeton University as the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs in the Economics Department.
Blish, James5James Benjamin Blish (May 23, 1921 – July 30, 1975) was an American author of fantasy and science fiction. Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen-name William Atheling Jr.
Blix, Hans9Hans Blix (born June 28, 1928) is a Swedish diplomat and politician for the Liberal People's Party. He was Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (1978–1979) and later became the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Blixen, Karen48Karen von Blixen-Finecke (17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962) was a Danish author; born Karen Christence Dinesen, she is also known under her pen name Isak Dinesen.
Blobel, Paul8Paul Blobel (August 13, 1894 – June 8, 1951) was an SS-Standartenführer and a member of the SD. Blobel was primarily responsible for the Babi Yar massacre at Kiev. Owing to health reasons brought about mostly by his alcoholism, he was dismissed from his command on January 13, 1942. In 1943, he conducted Aktion 1005, the task of eliminating traces of mass murder and massacre carried out by the Germans in the Soviet Union. This was carried out by exhuming the bodies from mass graves and burning them, a task that Blobel optimized with techniques he had developed: alternating layers of bodies with firewood or the use of rails as grills. He was later sentenced to death by the U.S. Nuremberg Military Tribunal in the Einsatzgruppen Trial and was hanged at Landsberg Prison on June 8, 1951.
Bloch, Ernst6Ernst Simon Bloch (July 8, 1885 – August 4, 1977) was a German Marxist philosopher.
Bloch, Felix2Felix Bloch (October 23, 1905 – September 10, 1983) was a Swiss physicist, who was awarded the 1952 Nobel Prize in Physics together with Edward Purcell.
Blodget, Henry4Henry Blodget (born 1966) is the editor and CEO of Business Insider.
Bloembergen, Nicolaas1Nicolaas Bloembergen (born March 11, 1920, in Dordrecht) is a Dutch/American physicist, who was awarded the 1981 Physics Nobel Prize for his work on laser spectroscopy.
Blok, Alexander8Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok (1880-11-28 NS – 1921-08-07) was a Russian poet and dramatist, generally considered to be the greatest of the Russian Symbolists.
Blom, Eric3Eric Blom (20 August 1888, Berne – 11 April 1959, London) was a Swiss-born British music critic and lexicographer. He is best known as the editor of the fifth edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the author of Everyman's Dictionary of Music.
Blomberg, Werner von6Werner Eduard Fritz von Blomberg (September 2, 1878 – March 14, 1946) was a leading member of the German Army until January 1938. In 1933, Blomberg rose to national prominence when he was appointed Minister of Defence and worked feverishly to expand the size and power of the army. In 1933 Blomberg was made a colonel-general for his services. In 1934, Blomberg encouraged Hitler to crack down on SA leader Ernst Röhm and his followers, whom he believed posed a serious threat to the army. As such, he condoned and participated in the Night of the Long Knives. Blomberg and his wife were exiled for a year to the isle of Capri. Spending World War II in obscurity, Blomberg was captured by the Allies in 1945, after which time he gave evidence at the Nuremberg Trials. Blomberg died while in detention at Nuremberg in 1946.
Blond, Phillip7Phillip Blond (born 1966) is an English political thinker, theologian and philosopher, director of the think tank ResPublica and a proponent of Red Toryism, a radical communitarian traditionalist conservatism against both state and market monopoly.
Bloom, Allan24Allan David Bloom (14 September, 1930 in Indianapolis, Indiana – 7 October, 1992 in Chicago, Illinois) was an American philosopher, essayist and academic. Bloom championed the idea of 'Great Books' education, as did his mentor Leo Strauss, and became famous for criticism of contemporary American higher education in his bestselling 1987 book, The Closing of the American Mind.
Bloom, Godfrey6Godfrey William Bloom (born 22 November 1949) is a former Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). He was first elected in 2004, and re-elected in 2009. In September 2013, UKIP withdrew the party whip from him. He then sat as an Independent until the end of his term of office in May 2014.
Bloom, Harold4Harold Bloom (born July 11, 1930) is an American literary critic. He is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, former Berg Professor of English at New York University, and the author of more than twenty-five books.
Bloom, Howard40Howard Bloom (born June 25, 1943) is an American author and scientific thinker, and served as a publicist for musicians in the popular music industry, transforming and launching the careers of many rock stars.
Bloom, Orlando1Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is a British actor. He has starred in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, and many other movies such as Elizabethtown.
Bloom, Paul1Paul Bloom (born December 24, 1963) is a professor of psychology at Yale University and an internationally recognized expert on language and development.
Bloomberg, Michael53Michael Bloomberg (born 14 February 1942) was elected Mayor of New York City in 2001. He ran for re-election in 2005 and won a second term. He was frequently mentioned as a possible independent candidate in the 2008 Presidential Election, but did not run.
Bloomfield, Robert3Robert Bloomfield (December 3, 1766 – August 19, 1823) was a self-educated English peasant poet.
Blount, Roy13Roy Alton Blount, Jr. (born October 4, 1941) is an American writer. Best known as a humorist, Blount is also a reporter, actor, and musician with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock band composed entirely of writers.
Blum,William4William Blum (born 1933) is an American author, and critic of United States foreign policy. A former State Department employee, he left the organization in 1967 due to his opposition to the Vietnam War.
Blume, Judy5Judy Blume (born Judy Sussman on 12 February 1938) is an American author, most noted for her children's and young adult books.
Blumenauer, Earl1Earl Blumenauer (born August 16, 1948) is an American politician and lawyer from the state of Oregon. A native of Portland, he spent over 20 years as a public official representing the city before winning election to the United States House of Representatives in 1996. A Democratic, he represents Oregon's 3rd congressional district which includes most of Portland east of the Willamette River.
Blunden, Edmund5Edmund Charles Blunden (November 1, 1896 – January 20, 1974) was an English poet, author and critic. Although not one of the top trio of English World War I writers, his works exerted important influence.
Blunt, Wilfred Scawen3Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (August 17, 1840 – September 10, 1922) was a British poet and writer.
Boal, Augusto14Augusto Boal (16 March 1931 – 2 May 2009) was a Brazilian author, playwright and director who served one term as city councillor in Rio de Janeiro from 1993 to 1997. He is most well known as the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, a dramatic form of popular education, now used by social movements in more than 70 countries.
Boardman The Younger, George Dana3George Dana Boardman the Younger (1828 – 28 April 1903) was a Baptist pastor and lecturer
Boarman, Charles6Charles Boarman (December 24, 1795 – September 13, 1879) was a career officer in the United States Navy. He entered the naval service shortly before the War of 1812 and served until 1876, subsequently retiring as a rear admiral. He held a number of important positions in the Mediterranean, West Indies and Brazil Squadrons, and was commandant of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He was also assigned to special duty during the American Civil War and later appointed to the U.S. Naval Board at Washington, DC.
Boas, Franz6Franz Boas (July 9, 1858 – December 22, 1942) was a German-American anthropologist and a pioneer of modern anthropology who has been called the "Father of American Anthropology".
Boateng, Kevin-Prince4Kevin-Prince Boateng (born 6 March 1987) is a Ghanaian professional football player, and a Utility Man.
Boaz, David6David Boaz (born 1953) is the executive vice president of the influential libertarian U.S think tank the Cato Institute. He has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement.
Bob Fitzsimmons2Bob Fitzsimmons (May 26, 1863 – October 22, 1917), a Cornish native, moved to New Zealand in his childhood. Representing New Zealand, he made boxing history as boxing's first three-division world champion. He also achieved fame for beating Gentleman Jim Corbett, the man who beat the great John L. Sullivan.
Bob Pike (surfer)6Bob Pike (1940 – May 20, 1999), full name Robert Hughes Pike, was an Australian surfer who specialized in big wave surfing.
Boccaccio, Giovanni5Giovanni Boccaccio (16 June 1313 – 21 December 1375) was a Florentine poet and story-writer who helped to initiate the humanist movement. His most famous work is The Decameron, a collection of 100 novelle or tales.
Boccioni, Umberto39Umberto Boccioni (October 19, 1882 – August 17, 1916) was an Italian painter and sculptor in Futurism. Like other Futurists, his work centered on the portrayal of movement (dynamism), speed, and technology.
Bochner, Mel2Mel Bochner (born 1940) is an American conceptual artist. Mr. Bochner received his BFA in 1962 and honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in 2005 from the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in New York City.
Boe, Christoffer3Christoffer Boe (born 7 May 1974) is a Danish film director. His films include Reconstruction, Allegro and Offscreen.
Boehm, Barry16Barry W. Boehm (born 1935) is an American software engineer, TRW Emeritus Professor of Software Engineering at the Computer Science Department of the University of Southern California, and known for his many contributions to software engineering.
Boehner, John5John Andrew Boehner (born November 17, 1949) is an American politician of the Republican Party and is the 61st and current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
Boesky, Ivan3Ivan Frederick Boesky (born March 6, 1937) was a Wall Street arbitrageur notable for his prominent role in an insider trading scandal that occurred in the United States in the mid-1980s.
Bogart, Humphrey3Humphrey Bogart (December 25 1899 – January 14 1957) was an American actor known for his dramatic and film noir roles in early 1940s films such as Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon.
Bogart, Neil2Neil Bogart (February 3, 1943 – May 8, 1982), born Neil E. Bogatz, was an American record executive.
Bogdanov, Alexander15Alexander Aleksandrovich Bogdanov (22 August 1873 – 7 April 1928) was a Russian Empire and Soviet physician, philosopher, science fiction writer, and revolutionary of Belarusian ethnicity.
Bogg, Hale2Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr. (February 15, 1914 - Undetermined; presumably October 16, 1972) was an American Democratic politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for Louisiana. He was the House Majority Leader.
Bogle, John C.4John C. "Jack" Bogle (born 8 May 1929) is the founder of The Vanguard Group, an investment company, and the creator of the index fund.
Bohlin, Nils1Nils Ivar Bohlin (July 17, 1920 – September 26, 2002) was a Swedish inventor who invented the three-point seat belt while working at Volvo.
Bohm, David33David Joseph Bohm (20 December 1917 – 27 October 1992) was an American-born British quantum physicist who made significant contributions in the fields of theoretical physics, philosophy and neuropsychology.
Bohme, Jakob9Jakob Böhme (a.k.a. Jacob Boehme or Behmen; probably 24 April 1575 – 17 November 1624) was a German Christian mystic and theologian.
Bohr, Aage1Aage Niels Bohr (19 June 1922 – 8 September 2009) was a Danish nuclear physicist and Nobel laureate, and the son of Niels Bohr.
Bohr, Niels36Niels Henrik David Bohr (7 October 1885 – 18 November 1962) was a Danish physicist. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1922 for his contributions which were essential to modern understandings of atomic structure and quantum mechanics.
Boiardo, Matteo Maria3Matteo Maria Boiardo, Conte di Scandiano (c. 1441 – December 19 1494) was an Italian poet and dramatist, best known for his romance Orlando Innamorato.
Boileau-Despreaux, Nicholas30Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1 November 1636 – 13 March 1711), commonly called Boileau, was a French poet and critic.
Boisot, Max19Max Henri Boisot (1943–2011) was a British organizational theorist and Professor of Strategic Management at the ESADE business school in Barcelona.
Bojić, Milutin1Milutin Bojić (Belgrade, 18 May 1892 — Thessaloniki, 8 November 1917) was a Serbian poet, theatre critic, playwright, and soldier, born in Belgrade and died prematurely in Thessaloniki in 1917. He was 25 when he died.
Bok, Hilary1Hilary Bok (born 1959) is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Bioethics and Moral & Political Theory at Johns Hopkins University. She writes under the name Hilzoy on the popular weblog Obsidian Wings. As a philosopher, she has written on bioethics, moral philosophy, free will and the works of Immanuel Kant.
Boker, George Henry2George Henry Boker (October 6, 1823 – January 2, 1890) was an American poet, playwright, and diplomat.
Bokova, Irina3Irina Bokova (Bulgarian: Ирина Георгиева Бокова) (born 12 July 1952) is a Bulgarian politician and incumbent Director-General of UNESCO. She was member of the Bulgarian Parliament from the Bulgarian Socialist Party for two terms, minister and deputy minister of foreign affairs in the socialist cabinet of Prime Minister Zhan Videnov, and was Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to France and to Monaco, Permanent Delegate of Bulgaria to UNESCO and Personal Representative of the President of Bulgaria to the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (2005–2009). On 22 September 2009, Bokova's candidacy was proposed for the post of Director-General of UNESCO.
Bolaño, Roberto20Roberto Bolaño (28 April 1953 – 15 July 2003) was a Chilean novelist, short story writer, and poet. At his death he left a unedited thousand page manuscript entitled 2666.
Boletini, Isa2Isa Boletini (1864–1916), Hero of Kosovo and Hero of Albania, was a prominent Albanian patriot, strategist, military leader, visionary and believer in fair pacifism who fought for the remaining of Kosovo within Albania. Isa was born in Boletin, Zvečan, his real name was Isa Shala. Isa joined the Albanian Prizren League forces when he was only 17, and fought in the battle of Slivova against Ottoman forces. Later, Boletini became a major figure of Albanian resistance against the Ottomans, Serbia and Montenegro.
Bolivar, Simon14Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios y Blanco (24 July 1783 – 17 December 1830) was a South American revolutionary leader.
Bolkestein, Frits2Frits Bolkestein (born April 4, 1933) is a Dutch politician and former EU Commissioner.
Böll, Heinrich4Heinrich Theodor Böll (December 21, 1917 – July 16, 1985) was a German novelist, short-story writer and playwright. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972.
Boll, Uwe7Uwe Boll (pronounced ˈuːvə bɔl; born June 22, 1965, in Wermelskirchen, Germany) is a German director, producer and screenwriter of films often adapted from video games.
Bolotowsky, Ilya1Ilya Bolotowsky (1907–1981) was a Russian-born leading early 20th-century painter in abstract styles in New York City. His work, a search for philosophical order through visual expression, embraced Cubism and Geometric Abstraction and was much influenced by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian.
Bolt, Usain1Usain Bolt (born 21 August 1986) is a Jamaican sprinter who holds the Olympic and world records for the 100 metres at 9.58 seconds, the 200 metres at 19.19 seconds and, along with his teammates, the 4x100 metres relay at 37.04 seconds, all set at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Bolton, John R.16John Robert Bolton (born November 20, 1948), an attorney and an American diplomat in several Republican administrations, served as the interim U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations with the title of ambassador from August 2005 until December 2006 on a recess appointment. His letter of resignation from the Bush Administration was accepted on December 4, 2006, effective when his recess appointment ended December 9 at the formal adjournment of the 109th Congress. Bolton is now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Boltzmann, Ludwig11Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann (February 20, 1844 – September 5, 1906) was an Austrian physicist and philosopher famous for his founding contributions in the fields of statistical mechanics and statistical thermodynamics. He was one of the most important advocates for atomic theory which was still highly controversial.
Bolyai, Farkas1Farkas Bolyai (February 9, 1775 – November 20, 1856) was a Hungarian mathematician, mainly known for his work in geometry. He was the father of János Bolyai, one of the founders of non-Euclidean geometry.
Bombeck, Erma4Erma Louise (Harris) Bombeck (February 21, 1927 – April 22, 1996), born Erma Fiste, was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for a newspaper column that depicted suburban home life in the second half of the 20th century.
Bomberg, David4David Garshen Bomberg (5 December 1890 – 19 August 1957) was an English painter, and one of the Whitechapel Boys.
Bon Jovi, Jon26Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi Jr on March 2, 1962) is an American singer, musician, businessman and actor. As lead singer of the rock band, Bon Jovi, he has sold over 120 million albums worldwide. He is also the owner of Arena Football League team, the Philadelphia Soul.
Bon Scott16Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott (July 9, 1946 – February 19, 1980) was the lead singer, lyricist, and frontman of the Australian hard rock band, AC/DC, from 1974 until his death in 1980.
Bonacic, Vladimir1Vladimir Bonacić (1938-1999) was a Croatian cybernetician and computer artist associated with the 1960s New Tendencies movement.
Bonafini, Hebe de3Hebe de Bonafini (born 4 December 1928) is a Human Rights activist from Argentina.
Bonar, Andrew2Andrew Alexander Bonar (May 29, 1810 in Edinburgh – December 30, 1892 in Glasgow) was a minister of the Free Church of Scotland.
Bonar, Horatius12Horatius Bonar (December 19, 1808 – May 31, 1889) was a Scottish churchman and poet.
Bond, Edward4Edward Bond (born 18 July 1934) is an English playwright, theatre director, screenwriter, librettist and poet.
Bond, Michael4Thomas Michael Bond OBE (born 13 January 1926) is an English writer of children's stories; his best-known creation is Paddington Bear.
Bond, Ruskin2Ruskin Bond (born 19 May 1934) is an Indian author of British descent.
Bondi, Hermann5Sir Hermann Bondi, KCB, FRS (1 November 1919 – 10 September 2005) was an Anglo-Austrian mathematician and cosmologist. He is best known for developing the Steady State theory of the universe with Fred Hoyle and Thomas Gold as an alternative to the Big Bang theory, but his most lasting legacy will probably be his important contributions to the theory of general relativity.
Boneham, Rupert15Rupert Boneham (born 27 January 1964) is an American mentor for troubled teens, a reality television star known for his appearances on Survivor, and the 2012 Libertarian Party candidate for governor of Indiana.
Boner, John Henry3John Henry Boner (January 31, 1845 – March 6, 1903) was an American editor and poet.
Bonewits, Isaac2Phillip Emmons Isaac Bonewits (October 1, 1949 – August 12, 2010) was an influential Neopagan leader and author. Bonewits was heavily involved in occultism with an emphasis on Neo-druidism since the 1960s.
Bonfiglioli, Kyril19Cyril Emmanuel George Bonfiglioli (29 May 1928 – 3 March 1985) was an English art-dealer, science fiction editor, champion swordsman, and comic novelist. His name, which reflects his English, Italian and Slovene descent, was revised to Kyril Bonfiglioli. He claimed to be loved and respected by all who knew him slightly.
Bonham Carter, Helena12Helena Bonham Carter (born 26 May 1966) is an English actress best known for her roles in costume dramas, as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series and as Mrs. Lovett in the film musical Sweeney Todd.
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich70Dietrich Bonhoeffer (4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, participant in the German resistance movement against Nazism and founding member of the Confessing Church.
Boniface VIII4Pope Boniface VIII (ca. 1235 – October 11, 1303), born Benedetto Gaetani, was Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 1294 to 1303.
Bonifacio, Andres3Andrés Bonifacio y de Castro (30 November 1863 – 10 May 1897) was a Filipino nationalist and revolutionary. He is often called "the father of the Philippine Revolution". He was a founder and later Supremo ("supreme leader") of the Katipunan movement which sought the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule and started the Philippine Revolution. He is considered a de facto national hero of the Philippines.
Bonner, Yelena1Yelena (or Elena) Georgevna Bonner (Russian: Елена Георгиевна Боннэр; 15 February 1923 – 18 June 2011) was a human rights activist in the former Soviet Union and widow of the late Andrei Sakharov.
Bono148Paul David Hewson (born 10 May 1960) is an Irish musician and social activist, who after being nicknamed Bono Vox, became famous as the lead singer of the Irish rock band, U2 using the stage name Bono.
Bonta, Vanna215Vanna Bonta (IPA: 'vɑː.nɑː 'bɒn.tɑː born April 3, 1958) is an American novelist, poet and actress. She is the author of Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel and three collections of poems. Bonta makes a cameo appearance as the superhero's young mother, Zed's Queen, in the fantasy classic The Beastmaster. As a voice-actor, she played multiple roles in major films such as Disney's Beauty and the Beast. She is also the inventor of the 2suit, a garment for intimacy, work and thermal applications in the microgravity environments of space.
Booch, Grady36Grady Booch (born February 27, 1955) is an American software engineer. Booch is best known for developing the Unified Modeling Language with Ivar Jacobson and James Rumbaugh.
Bookchin, Murray15Murray Bookchin (14 January 1921 – 30 July 2006) was an American libertarian socialist speaker and writer.
Boole, George42George Boole (2 November 1815 – 8 December 1864) was an English mathematician, logician and philosopher. As the inventor of Boolean logic, which is the basis of modern digital computer logic, he is regarded in hindsight as one of the founders of the field of computer science.
Boone, Daniel9Daniel Boone (2 November {22 October O.S. 1734 - 26 September 1820) was an American pioneer, frontiersman, who blazed the "Wilderness Road" and founded Boonesborough, Kentucky. HIs exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States.
Boone, J. Allen1J. Allen Boone (17 February 1882 – 17 June 1965) was an author of several books about nonverbal communication with animals in the 1940s and '50s.
Boorstin, Daniel J.18Daniel J. Boorstin (October 1, 1914 – February 28, 2004) was an American historian, professor, attorney and author. He served as Librarian of Congress from 1975 to 1987.
Boortz, Neal6Neal Boortz (born April 6, 1945) is a Libertarian American talk radio host based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Boosler, Elayne1Elayne Boosler (born August 18, 1952) is an American comedian.
Booth, Barton1Barton Booth (1681 – May 10, 1733) was one of the most famous dramatic actors of the first part of the 18th century.
Booth, William7General William Booth (10 April 1829 – 20 August 1912) was a British theologian and the founder of The Salvation Army.
Boreanaz, David10David Paul Boreanaz (born May 16, 1969) is an American actor. He was thrust into the limelight on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as the mysterious Angel, a vampire with a soul, later starring in the Angel spinoff.
Borel, Emile1Félix Édouard Justin Émile Borel (7 January 1871 – 3 February 1956) was a French mathematician and politician, originator of the Infinite monkey theorem.
Borenstein, Nathaniel3Nathaniel Borenstein (born September 23, 1957) is one of the original designers of the MIME protocol for sending multimedia Internet electronic mail.
Borge, Victor9Victor Borge (January 3, 1909 – December 23, 2000), born Børge Rosenbaum, was a Danish comedian, conductor and pianist, affectionately known as The Clown Prince of Denmark, The Unmelancholy Dane, and The Great Dane.
Borges, Jorge Luis152Jorge Luis Borges (24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986) was an Argentine writer who is considered one of the foremost literary figures of the 20th century. Most famous in the English speaking world for his short stories and fictive essays, Borges was also a poet, critic, translator and man of letters.
Borgia, Cesare17Cesare Borgia (September 13, 1475 – March 12, 1507), Duke of Valentinois, was an Italian condottiero, nobleman, politician, and cardinal, whose fight for power was a major inspiration for The Prince by Machiavelli, who was his adviser. He was the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI (r. 1492–1503) (Rodrigo Borgia) and his long-term mistress Vannozza dei Cattanei. He was the brother of Lucrezia Borgia; Giovanni Borgia (Juan), Duke of Gandia; and Gioffre Borgia (Jofré in Valencian), Prince of Squillace. He was half-brother to Don Pedro Luis de Borja (1460–88) and Girolama de Borja, children of unknown mothers.
Boring, Edward G.12Edwin Garrigues Boring (23 October 1886 – 1 July 1968) was an American experimental psychologist, who later became one of the first historians of psychology.
Boris Berman16Boris Berman (born Moscow, April 3, 1948) is a Russian pianist and pedagogue.
Boris III of Bulgaria2Boris III (30 January 1894 – 28 August 1943) was a Bulgarian tsar and the last monarch to rule Bulgaria (from 1918 to 1943; his son was tsar from 1943 to 1946 but was a child).
Borisov, Boyko2Boyko Borissov (Бойко Методиев Борисов) (born 13 June 1959) was prime minister of Bulgaria from 2009 to 2013 and since 2014.
Bork, Robert3Robert Bork (March 1, 1927 – December 19, 2012) was an American legal scholar who advocated the judicial philosophy of originalism. Bork served as a Yale Law School professor, Solicitor General, Acting Attorney General, and a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 1987, he was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, but the Senate rejected his nomination. Bork had more success as an antitrust scholar, where his once-idiosyncratic view that antitrust law should focus on maximizing consumer welfare has come to dominate American legal thinking on the subject.
Borland, Hal2Hal Borland (May 14, 1900 – February 22, 1978) was an American author.
Borlaug, Norman6Norman Ernest Borlaug (25 March 1914 – 12 September 2009) was an American agricultural scientist, and humanitarian. He is considered by some to be the "father of modern agriculture" and the father of the green revolution. He won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his life's work.
Borman, Frank6Frank Frederick Borman, II (born March 14, 1928) is a retired NASA astronaut and engineer, best remembered as the Commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to fly around the Moon, making him, along with fellow crew mates Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, the first of only 24 humans to do so. He was also the chief executive officer of Eastern Air Lines from 1975 to 1986. He is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
Bormann, Martin13Martin Bormann (June 17, 1900 – May 2, 1945?) was a prominent Nazi official. He became head of the Party Chancellery (Parteikanzlei) and private secretary to German Führer Adolf Hitler. He gained Hitler's trust and derived immense power within the Third Reich by controlling access to the Führer. As World War II came to a close, Bormann held out with Hitler in the Führerbunker in Berlin. On Apriil 30, 1945, just before committing suicide, Hitler urged Bormann to save himself. On May 1, Bormann left the Führerbunker with SS doctor Ludwig Stumpfegger and Hitler Youth leader Artur Axmann. The International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg tried Bormann in absentia in October 1946 and sentenced him to death. In 1998, a test identified Bormann's skull, using DNA from an unnamed 83-year-old relative.
Born, Max15Max Born (11 December 1882 – 5 January 1970) was a German physicist and mathematician who became a British citizen, who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics. He also made contributions to solid-state physics and optics and supervised the work of a number of notable physicists in the 1920s and 30s. He shared with Walther Bothe the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physics, and was the grandfather of Olivia Newton-John.
Bornstein, Kate7Katherine Vandam "Kate" Bornstein (born March 15, 1948) is an American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist.
Borodin, Alexander1Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin (12 November O.S. 31 October 1833 – 27 February O.S. 15 February 1887) was a Russian Romantic composer and a successful chemist.
Borrow, George10George Henry Borrow (July 5 1803 – July 26 1881) was an eccentric English travel-writer, novelist, memoirist and translator, known especially for his sympathetic portrayal of his friends among the Romany people.
Boscovich, Roger Joseph2Roger Joseph Boscovich (18 May 1711 – 13 February 1787) was a physicist, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, diplomat, poet, and Jesuit.
Bose, Rahul3Rahul Bose (Bengali: রাহুল বসু, Hindi: राहुल बोस, Urdu: رہُل بوس‎; born July 27, 1967) is an Indian actor, screenwriter, director, social activist, and rugby union player who is mostly known for his roles in arthouse films.
Bose, Subhas Chandra9Subhas Chandra Bose (23 January 1897 – 18 August 1945) was a freedom fighter in the Indian independence movement who believed in violent resistance to British colonial rule, and founded the Indian National Army, an armed Indian nationalist force.
Bosquet, Pierre1Pierre Bosquet (8 November 1810 – 5 February 1861) was a French soldier. He served as General during the conquest of Algeria and the Crimean War; returning from Crimea he was made Marshal of France and senator.
Bossuet, Jacques-Bénigne5Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (September 27, 1627 – April 12, 1704) was a French bishop, theologian, and court preacher. Bossuet was one of the first to advocate the theory of political absolutism; he made the argument that government was divine and that kings received their power from God.
Boston, Thomas3Thomas Boston (March 17, 1676 – May 20, 1732) was a Scottish church leader.
Bostrom, Nick3Nick Bostrom (born 1973) is a Swedish philosopher at the University of Oxford known for his work on the anthropic principle. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics (2000).
Boswell, James22James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck (29 October 1740 – 19 May 1795), was a Scottish lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh. He is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which the modern Johnsonian critic Harold Bloom has claimed is the greatest biography written in the English language.
Botha, Pieter Willem42Pieter Willem Botha (January 12, 1916 – October 31, 2006), commonly known as "PW", was the prime minister of South Africa from 1978 to 1984 and the first executive state president from 1984 to 1989.
Botha, Pik3Roelof Frederik "Pik" Botha (born 27 April 1932) was a South African politician who served as foreign minister in the last years of apartheid. He retired in 1996.
Bottomley, Horatio3Horatio William Bottomley (23 March 1860 – 26 May 1933) was an English journalist, newspaper proprietor, financier, Member of Parliament, and fraudster. His political career was ended by a five-year prison term.
Botton, Alain De62Alain de Botton (born 20 December 1969) is a Swiss writer, television presenter, and entrepreneur, resident in the UK. His books and television programs discuss various contemporary subjects and themes in a philosophical style, emphasizing philosophy's relevance to everyday life. De Botton comes from a Sephardic Jewish family, originating from a small Castilian town of Boton (now vanished) on the Iberian peninsula. He achieved a double starred first in history at Gonville and Caius College (1988–1991) and completed his master's degree in philosophy at King's College London (1991–1992).
Botvinnik, Mikhail1Mikhail Botvinnik (August 17 O.S. August 4 1911 – May 5, 1995) was a Russian International Grandmaster and long-time World Champion of chess.
Boucher, Jonathan9Jonathan Boucher (12 May 1738 – 27 April 1804) was an English schoolmaster, clergyman and philologist, who spent some years in America, leaving in 1775 because, despite being a close friend of George Washington, he consistently campaigned against the Revolution.
Bouchet, Edward1Edward Alexander Bouchet (September 15, 1852 – October 28, 1918) was an African-American physicist who is most notable for having been the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from an American university.
Boucicault, Dion1Dion Boucicault (26 December 1820 – 18 September 1890) was an Irish actor and playwright famed for his melodramas.
Bouguereau, William-Adolphe3William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter.
Boulding, Kenneth163Kenneth Ewart Boulding (18 January 1910 – 18 March 1993) was an economist, educator, poet, religious mystic, devoted Quaker, systems scientist and interdisciplinary philosopher. He was cofounder of General Systems Theory and founder of numerous ongoing intellectual projects in economics and social science. He was married to Elise M. Boulding.
Boulez, Pierre3Pierre Boulez (IPA: /pjɛʁ.buˈlɛz/) (born March 26, 1925) is a French composer and conductor of contemporary classical music.
Boulter, Michael1Michael Charles Boulter (born 1942) is a British paleotonlogist and professor for paleobiology at the Natural History Museum and the University of East London. He belongs to inventors of the world's largest database on fossil remains "Fossil Record 2".
Boulton, Marjorie2Marjorie Boulton (born May 7, 1924) is a British author and poet writing in both English and Esperanto.
Boulton, Matthew1Matthew Boulton (3 September 1728 – 17 August 1809) was an English manufacturer and business partner of Scottish engineer James Watt.
Bounds, Edward McKendree5Edward McKendree Bounds (15 August 1835 – 24 August 1913) was a Methodist minister and author of books, chiefly on prayer.
Bourdain, Anthony41Anthony Michael "Tony" Bourdain (born June 25, 1956) is an American author and the "Chef-at-Large" of Brasserie Les Halles, based in New York City with locations in Miami, Florida, and Washington, D.C. Bourdain is also host of the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure program, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
Bourdieu, Pierre12Pierre Bourdieu (August 1, 1930 – January 23, 2002) was an acclaimed French sociologist whose work employed methods drawn from a wide range of disciplines, from philosophy and literary theory to sociology and anthropology.
Bourdillon, Francis William6Francis William Bourdillon (March 22 1852 – January 13 1921) was a British poet and translator.
Bourgault, Pierre4Pierre Bourgault (January 23, 1934 - June 15, 2003) was a politician and essayist in Quebec, Canada, and a public speaker who advocated Quebec independence.
Bourgeois, Louise10Louise Bourgeois (25 December 1911 – 31 May 2010) was an French-American artist and sculptor.
Bourgeoys, Marguerite6Marguerite Bourgeoys C.N.D. (April 17, 1620 – January 12, 1700) was the French foundress of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal in the colony of New France, now part of Canada. She lived in Fort Ville-Marie (now Montreal) as of 1653, educating young girls, the poor, and natives until her death at the turn of the 18th century. She is also significant for developing one of the first uncloistered religious communities in the Catholic Church. She has been declared a saint by the Catholic Church.
Bourget, Paul40Paul Charles Joseph Bourget (2 September 1852 – 25 December 1935) was a French novelist and critic.
Bourgois, Philippe1Philippe Bourgois (born 1956) is a Professor of Anthropology and Family and Community Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He has conducted research in Central America on ethnicity and social unrest.
Bourguiba, Habib29Habib Bourguiba (3 August 1903 – 6 April 2000) was president of Tunisia from July 25, 1957 until 7 November 1987.
Boutros-Ghali, Boutros17Boutros Boutros-Ghali (Arabic: بطرس بطرس غالي; born 14 November 1922) is an Egyptian diplomat who was the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1992 to December 1996.
Bova, Ben3Ben Bova (born November 8, 1932) is an American science fiction author and editor, President Emeritus of the National Space Society, and a past President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Bovard, James40James Bovard (born 1956) is a bestselling libertarian author and lecturer, whose political commentary targets examples of waste, failures, corruption, cronyism and abuses of power in government.
Bovee, Christian Nestell21Christian Nestell Bovee (February 22, 1820 – January 18, 1904) was an epigrammatic New York writer.
Bowen, Charles, Baron Bowen21Charles Synge Christopher Bowen, Baron Bowen QC, PC (1 January 1835 – 10 April 1894) was an English judge.
Bowen, Elizabeth7Elizabeth Bowen (June 7 1899 – February 22 1973) was an Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer.
Bower, Marvin14Marvin Bower (August 1, 1903 – January 22, 2003) was an American business leader, considered by the Harvard Business School as "the father of modern management consulting."
Bowes-Lyon, Elizabeth11Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (August 4, 1900 – March 30, 2002), or Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and popularly known as The Queen Mum, was Queen consort of George VI of the United Kingdom (1936–1952) and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II.
Bowie, David54David Robert Jones (born 8 January 1947), most famous using his stage name David Bowie, is a British singer, songwriter, and actor.
Bowles, Chester4Chester Bliss Bowles (April 5, 1901– May 25, 1986) was an American politician and diplomat.
Bowles, Paul11Paul Bowles (30 December 1910 – 18 November 1999) was a composer, author, and traveler.
Bowles, Samuel8Samuel Stebbins Bowles (born 6 January 1939) is an American economist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he continues to teach courses on microeconomics and the theory of institutions.
Bowles, William Lisle3William Lisle Bowles (September 24, 1762 – April 7, 1850) was an English poet and critic.
Bowman, Hetty3Hetty Bowman (1838–1872) was a religious writer who published a number of works beginning in 1860.
Bowman, Isa7Isa Bowman (1874–1958) was an actress, a close friend of Lewis Carroll and author of a memoir about his life, The Story of Lewis Carroll.
Bowman, Karl2Karl M. Bowman MD (November 4, 1888 – March 2, 1973) was a pioneer in the study of psychiatry. From 1944 to 1946 he was the president of the American Psychiatric Association.
Bowring, John2Sir John Bowring KCB (Chinese translated name: 寶寧,寶靈 or 包令) (17 October 1792 – 23 November 1872) was an English political economist, traveler, miscellaneous writer, polyglot, and the 4th Governor of Hong Kong.
Box, George15George Edward Pelham Box (October 18, 1919 – March 28, 2013) was a British mathematician and professor of statistics at the University of Wisconsin, and a pioneer in the areas of quality control, time series analysis, design of experiments and Bayesian inference. He was the son-in-law of Sir Ronald Fisher.
Boxer, Barbara42Barbara Levy Boxer (born November 11, 1940) is an American politician and the current junior United States Senator from California.
Boy George6George Alan O'Dowd, better known as Boy George, (born June 14, 1961, in Eltham, Kent, England) is an English singer-songwriter. George grew up in a large, working-class Irish family.
Boyatzis, Richard23Richard E. Boyatzis (born 1946) is an American organizational theorist and professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, and expert in the field of emotional intelligence, behavior change, and competence.
Boycott, Geoffrey9Geoff Boycott (born 21 October 1940) is an English former international cricketer.
Boyd, Andrew Kennedy Hutchison4Andrew Kennedy Hutchison Boyd (1825–1899), miscellaneous writer, son of Rev. Dr. Boyd of Glasgow, was originally intended for the English Bar but entered the Church of Scotland, and was minister latterly at St. Andrews.
Boyd, Linn1Linn Boyd (November 22, 1800 – December 17, 1859) was a prominent U.S. politician of the 1840s and 1850s, and served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1851 to 1855.
Boyd, Stowe2Stowe Boyd (born 24 September 1953) is an information technologist who focuses on real-time collaboration tools. He is widely credited with coining the terms advisory capital and social tools. He coined the term 'hashtag' in 2007.
Boyer, Carl B.8Carl Benjamin Boyer (November 3, 1906 – April 26, 1976) was an American historian of sciences, and especially mathematics. He wrote the books History of Analytic Geometry, The History of the Calculus and Its Conceptual Development, A History of Mathematics, and The Rainbow: From Myth to Mathematics. He served as book-review editor of Scripta Mathematica.
Boylan, Jennifer Finney2Jennifer Finney Boylan (born James Boylan, June 22, 1958) is an American author, political activist, and professor of English at Colby College in Maine. She is a trans woman.
Boyle, Frankie52Frankie Boyle (born 16 August 1972) is a Scottish comedian and writer, well known for his pessimistic and often controversial sense of humour. He was a permanent panellist on the comedy panel show Mock the Week for seven series and has made guest appearances on several other popular panel shows.
Boyle, Robert27Robert Boyle FRS (1627–1691) was an Irish 17th-century natural philosopher, chemist, physicist, and inventor. Born in Lismore County Waterford, Ireland, he was also noted for his writings in theology. Boyle is largely regarded today as the first modern chemist, and therefore one of the founders of modern chemistry, and one of the pioneers of modern experimental scientific method. He is best known for Boyle's law. Among his works, The Sceptical Chymist is seen as a cornerstone book in the field of chemistry.
Boyle, Susan8Susan Boyle (born 1 April 1961) is a Scottish church volunteer and amateur singer who leapt to almost immediate global fame when she sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical play Les Misérables on the third series of Britain's Got Talent in the competition's first round.
Boyle, T.C.3T. Coraghessan Boyle (born Thomas John Boyle on December 2, 1948), also known as T.C. Boyle, is a U.S. novelist and short story writer. Since the late 1970s, he has published eleven novels and more than 60 short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988 for his third novel, World's End, which recounts 300 years in upstate New York.
Boyle, Willard2Willard Sterling Boyle (born August 19, 1924) is a Canadian physicist and co-inventor of the charge-coupled device. He was awarded a one-quarter share in the the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Boys, Charles V.2Sir Charles Vernon Boys, FRS (March 15, 1855 – March 30, 1944) was a British physicist, known for his careful and innovative experimental work.
Bracciolini, Francesco4Francesco Bracciolini (November 26, 1566 – August 31, 1645) was an Italian poet.
Brack, Viktor2Viktor Brack (November 9, 1904 – June 2, 1948) was the organizer of the Euthanasia Programme, Operation T4, where the Nazi state systematically murdered German disabled people. Following this, Brack was one of the men responsible for the gassing of Jews in the extermination camps, and he conferred with Odilo Globocnik about the practical implementation of the Final Solution. He was executed after the Doctors' Trial in 1948.
Bracken, Peg7Ruth Eleanor "Peg" Bracken (February 25 1918 – October 20 2007) was an American author.
Bracken, Thomas1Thomas Bracken (21 December 1843 – 16 February 1898), born at Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland, was a late 19th century poet who wrote the New Zealand National Anthem and who was the first person to publish the phrase God's Own Country..
Brackett, Joseph5Joseph Brackett, Jr. (6 May 1797 – 4 July 1882) was an American Shaker Elder and songwriter, famous as the author of the song "Simple Gifts."
Bradbury, Malcolm12Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury CBE (7 September 1932 – 27 November 2000) was an English comic novelist, screenwriter, literary critic and academic. He pioneered the teaching of creative writing and American studies in British universities.
Bradbury, Ray160Ray Douglas Bradbury (22 August 1920 – 5 June 2012) was an American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer.
Bradfield, James Dean1James Dean Bradfield (born 21 February 1969) is a singer and guitarist, known for his work in the Manic Street Preachers.
Bradford, John5John Bradford (1510 – 1 July 1555) was an English Protestant Christian Reformer and martyr who was burned at the stake during the reign of Mary I of England.
Bradford, William9William Bradford (March 19, 1590 – May 9, 1657) was a leader of the Pilgrim settlers of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, and became Governor of the Plymouth Colony. He was the second signer and primary architect of the Mayflower Compact. As Governor of Plymouth, Bradford is also credited as being the first to proclaim what popular American culture viewed as the first Thanksgiving.
Bradlaugh,Charles2Charles Bradlaugh (26 September 1833 – 30 January 1891) was a political activist and one of the most famous English atheists of the 19th century.
Bradley, Ed29Edward Rudolph "Ed" Bradley Jr. (June 22, 1941–November 9, 2006 ) was an American journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television program 60 Minutes. During his earlier career he also covered the fall of Saigon, was the first black television correspondent to cover the White House, and anchored his own news broadcast, CBS Sunday Night with Ed Bradley. He received several awards for his work including the Peabody, the National Association of Black Journalists Lifetime Achievement Award, and 19 Emmy Awards.
Bradley, F. H.18Francis Herbert Bradley (30 January 1846 – 18 September 1924) was a British idealist philosopher.
Bradley, Milton7Milton Obelle Bradley (born April 15, 1978) is a Major League Baseball outfielder known for both his skill as a player and his angry personality.
Bradley, Omar8Omar Bradley (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981) was one of the main U.S. Army field commanders in North Africa and Europe during the World War II and a General of the United States Army. He was the last surviving five-star officer of the United States.
Bradwardine, Thomas11Thomas Bradwardine (c. 1290 – 1349) was an English cleric and doctor of theology, scholastic philosopher, mathematician, physicist, courtier, and was elected Archbishop of Canterbury twice. The first election was annulled by King Edward III (to whom Bradwardine was chaplain and confessor) saying he "could ill spare so worthy a man". Within the year, his second election in 1349 was consecrated by Pope Clement VI at Avignon, but upon his return home Thomas died of the prevailing Great Mortality, the Black Death, forty days after his consecration and before he was to be enthroned. As one of the Oxford Calculators at Merton College, Oxford, he contributed to the mathematization of scholastic philosophy and kinematics. He earned the highest reputation following the immediate popularity of his great work De causa Dei contra Pelagium (cause of God against the Pelagians) among learned men of England and the Continent, and thereafter was commonly entitled Doctor Profundus ("the profound doctor").
Brady, Ian8Ian Brady (born 2 January 1938) is a British murderer of children.
Braff, Zach3Zachary Israel Braff (born April 6, 1975) is a Grammy Award-winning American television and film actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He came to fame during the early 2000s with his role as J. D. on the NBC sit-com Scrubs.
Bragdon, Claude Fayette1Claude Fayette Bragdon (August 1, 1866 – 1946) was an American architect, writer, and stage designer based in Rochester, New York, up to World War I, then in New York City.
Bragg, Melvyn2Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg FRS, FBA, FRSA, FRSL, FRTS (born 6 October 1939) is an English broadcaster and author, best known for his work with the BBC and for presenting the The South Bank Show (1978–2010). Since 1998 he has presented over 500 weekly episodes of the BBC Radio discussion programme In Our Time.
Bragg, William Henry1Sir William Henry Bragg (2 July 1862 – 10 March 1942) was a British physicist, chemist, mathematician and active sportsman who uniquely shared a Nobel Prize with his son William Lawrence Bragg - the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Brahm, Ajahn1Ajahn Brahm (born Peter Betts on 7 August 1951 in London, United Kingdom) is a Theravada Buddhist monk and Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, in Serpentine, Western Australia.
Brahms, Caryl4Caryl Brahms (8 December 1901 – 5 December 1982), born Doris Caroline Abrahams, was an English writer of Turkish-Jewish descent. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was ballet correspondent for the London Evening Standard and later the Daily Telegraph. She is best known for her humorous writings.
Brahms, Johannes8Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer and pianist, and one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period.
Brainard, John Gardiner Calkins4John Gardiner Calkins Brainard (1795–1828) was a short-lived American lawyer, editor and poet.
Brainard, Mary Gardiner3Mary Gardiner Brainard (1837–1905) was an American writer of religious poetry. She was the niece of poet John Gardiner Calkins Brainard.
Braine, John1John Gerard Braine (1922-04-13 – 1986-10-28) was a British novelist, sometimes classed with the so-called angry young men. His best-known book is Room at the Top (1957).
Braitenberg, Valentino14Valentino Braitenberg (June 18, 1926 – September 9, 2011) was an Italian neuroscientist and cyberneticist, best known for the 1984 book Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology.
Bramah, Ernest26Ernest Brammah Smith (1868-03-20 – 1942-06-23) was the author of a series of stories about Kai Lung, a Chinese storyteller, and was also the creator of the blind detective Max Carrados. He wrote under the pseudonym Ernest Bramah.
Bramston, James3James Bramston (c. 1694 – 1744) was a satirist, educated at Westminster School and Oxford, and later Vicar of Hastings.
Branch, Michelle10Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch (born 2 July 1983) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Brand Auraban, Aron1Aron Brand Auraban (21 February 1910 – 22 April 1977), born in Ozorków, Poland, was an Israeli paediatric cardiologist. He served as chairman of the Israel Medical Association in Jerusalem, Israel, and founded the Jerusalem Academy of Medicine.
Brand, Max1Frederick Schiller Faust (May 29, 1892 – May 12, 1944) was an American western fiction author. Faust wrote mostly under five pseudonyms, though he is primarily known by one, Max Brand, today.
Brand, Russell139Russell Edward Brand (born June 4, 1975 in Grays, England) is an English stand-up comedian, radio DJ, television presenter, newspaper columnist, and sometime actor.
Brand, Stewart8Stewart Brand (born December 14, 1938, in Rockford, Illinois) is an author, editor, and creator of The Whole Earth Catalog and CoEvolution Quarterly.
Brandeis, Louis42Louis Dembitz Brandeis (November 13, 1856 – October 5, 1941) was an important American litigator, Supreme Court Justice, advocate of privacy, and developer of the Brandeis Brief.
Branden, Nathaniel13Nathaniel Branden (9 April 1930 – 3 December 2014) was a psychotherapist and writer most famous for his works on the psychology of self-esteem. Once an associate of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand, Branden had a prominent role in promoting Rand's philosophy, Objectivism.
Brandes, Georg36Georg Morris Cohen Brandes (4 February 1842 – 19 February 1927) was a Danish critic and scholar who had great influence on Scandinavian and European literature from the 1870s through the turn of the 20th century.
Brando, Marlon36Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor, widely regarded as one of the most influential actors of all time.
Brandon Boyd110Brandon Boyd (born February 15, 1976) is the lead vocalist of the American rock band Incubus.
Brandreth, Gyles10Gyles Brandreth (born March 8, 1948) is a British author and broadcaster; he was a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1992 to 1997. He appears frequently on BBC Radio 4 panel games such as The News Quiz and Just a Minute.
Brandt, Karl1Karl Brandt (January 8, 1904 – June 2, 1948) was the personal physician of Adolf Hitler in August 1944 and headed the administration of the Nazi euthanasia program from 1939. As Major General Reich Commissioner for Health and Sanitation he was involved in human experimentation and was tried along with many others in Nuremberg, Germany, the trial more commonly referred to as the "Doctors' Trial." He was charged with Freezing, Malaria, LOST Gas, Sulfanilamide, Bone, Muscle and Nerve Regeneration and Bone Transplantation, Sea-Water, Epidemic Jaundice, Sterilization, and Typhus Experiments and was also in connection with the planning and carrying out of the Nazi's T-4 Euthanasia Program of the German Reich and his overall membership in the SS. Judgment was pronounced on August 19, 1947 and Brandt was sentenced to death by hanging.
Brandt, Willy7Willy Brandt (18 December 1913 – 8 October 1992) was a German politician and Chancellor of Germany from 22 October 1969 to 16 May 1974. In 1971, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to reconcile with the Eastern Bloc states.
Branscomb, Lewis M.13Lewis M. Branscomb (born August 17, 1926) is an American physicist and Professor emeritus of Public Policy and Corporate Management, in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Branson, Richard9Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950 in Blackheath, London) is a British entrepreneur, best known for the businesses he helped create under the Virgin brand name.
Braque, Georges46Georges Braque (13 May 1882 – 31 August 1963) was a French painter and sculptor. Along with Pablo Picasso he was one of the creators of Cubism.
Braschi, Giannina23Giannina Braschi (born February 5, 1953) is a Puerto Rican poet, novelist, and essayist who writes in English, Spanish, and Spanglish. She is the author of the postmodern poetry collection "Empire of Dreams" (1988), the bestselling Spanglish novel "Yo-Yo Boing!" (1998), and the postcolonial dramatic novel "United States of Banana" (2011) on the collapse of the American empire.
Bratza, Nicolas5Sir Nicolas Dušan Bratza (born 3 March 1945) is a British judge and President of the European Court of Human Rights.
Brauchitsch, Walther von5Heinrich Alfred Hermann Walther von Brauchitsch (October 4, 1881 – October 18, 1948) was an aristocratic German field marshal and the Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht Heer in the early years of World War II. Brauchitsch was made a field marshal in 1940 and was key in Hitler's "blitzkrieg" war against the West, making modifications to the original plan to overrun France. After the war, Brauchitsch was arrested and charged with war crimes, but died in Hamburg in 1948 before he could be prosecuted.
Braudel, Fernand2Fernand Braudel (August 24, 1902 – November 27, 1985) was a French historian, who revolutionized the 20th century study of his discipline by considering the effects of economics and geography on global history.
Braun, Carol1Carol Moseley Braun (born 16 August 1947) is an American politician and lawyer, and was the first black woman elected to the United States Senate.
Braun, Wernher von11Wernher von Braun (23 March 1912 – 16 June 1977) was a German rocket scientist and astronautics engineer who was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany and the United States.
Brautigan, Richard11Richard Gary Brautigan (January 30, 1935 – September 1984) was an American novelist and poet associated with the Beat Generation.
Brave Bird, Mary4Mary Brave Bird (born 1953on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota - February 14, 2013), often known by her previous married name, Mary Crow Dog, is a Native American writer and activist.
Brave, Ysabella59MaryAnne Ysabella (born 4 December 1979) is an American vocalist, song-writer and performer more widely known by her web name Ysabella Brave after her YouTube channels, ysabellabrave (for her singing and comedic performances), and ysabellabravetalk (in which she discusses questions and concerns of her fans), became among the most popular, after a few of her performances.
Bray, Libba 13Libba Bray (born Martha Elizabeth Bray, 11 March 1964) is an American writer of young adult novels.
Bray, Tim1Timothy William Bray (born June 21, 1955) is a Canadian software developer and entrepreneur. He co-founded Open Text Corporation and Antarctica Systems. Bray was also one of the main authors of the original XML specification. Bray was director of Web Technologies at Sun Microsystems from early 2004 to early 2010. Since then he has served as a developer advocate at Google, focusing on Android and then on Identity.
Brazelton, T. Berry1Thomas Berry Brazelton (born May 10, 1919) is a noted pediatrician and author in the United States. Major hospitals throughout the world use the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS). Many parents know him as the host of a cable television program What Every Baby Knows, and as author of a syndicated newspaper column. Brazelton has written more than two hundred scholarly papers and twenty four books. His Columbia Alumni Profile describes him as "America's most celebrated and influential baby doctor since Benjamin Spock."
Brazile, Donna1Donna Brazile (born December 15, 1959) is an American author, educator, and political activist and strategist affiliated with the Democratic Party.
Brecher, Gary6Gary Brecher (born c. 1965) is an American author, known as author of The War Nerd, a twice-monthly column discussing current wars and other military conflicts, published in the the eXile.
Bréchignac, Claire1Catherine Bréchignac (born 12 June 1946) is a French physicist. She is an Officer of the Légion d'honneur, President of the International Council for Science and president and former director of the CNRS ("National Centre for Scientific Research"), Europe's largest scientific body.
Brecht, Bertolt78Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956), commonly known as Bertolt Brecht, was an influential German Marxist dramatist, stage director, and poet of the 20th century.
Brecht, George4George Brecht (August 27, 1926 – December 5, 2008) was an American conceptual artist and avant-garde composer as well as a professional chemist and consultant.
Breen, Mike9Michael "Mike" Breen (born May 22, 1961) is an American sports commentator.
Breitbart, Andrew1Andrew Breitbart (February 1, 1969 – March 1, 2012) was an American publisher, commentator for the Washington Times, author, an occasional guest commentator on various news programs who has served as an editor for the Drudge Report website. He was a researcher for Arianna Huffington, and helped launch her website, The Huffington Post.
Breivik, Anders Behring5Anders Behring Breivik (born 13 February 1979) is a Norwegian terrorist, and the confessed perpetrator of the 2011 attacks in Norway.
Brel, Jacques6Jacques Brel (French: ʒak bʁɛl; 8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer-songwriter whose thoughtful and theatrical songs generated a large, devoted following in Belgium, France and throughout the world. Although he recorded most of his songs in French, he became a major influence on English-speaking songwriters and performers such as Rod McKuen, Leonard Cohen and David Bowie.
Bremmer, Ian20Ian Bremmer (born November 12, 1969) is a political scientist specializing in US foreign policy, states in transition and global political risk. He is president of Eurasia Group, the global political risk consultancy; foreign affairs columnist and editor at large at TIME Magazine, and global research professor at New York University.
Bremner, Rory4Rory Bremner (born 6 April 1961, Edinburgh, Scotland) is a British impressionist and comedian, noted for his political satire.
Brendel, Alfred7Alfred Brendel (born 5 January 1931) is an Austrian pianist, poet and author.
Brendon, Nicholas1Nicholas Brendon (born Nicholas Brendon Schultz on April 12, 1971) is an actor best known for playing the character Xander Harris in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Brennan, John Owen1John Owen Brennan (born September 22, 1955) is an American government official who is the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He has served as chief counterterrorism advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama. His title was Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President.
Brennan, William J., Jr12William Joseph Brennan, Jr. was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1956 to 1990.
Brenner, Sydney2Sydney Brenner (born January 13 1927) is a South African-born British biologist and winner of the 2002 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine, shared with H. Robert Horvitz and John Sulston. Brenner made significant contributions to work on the genetic code and pioneering efforts in molecular biology. He established C. elegans as a model organism for the investigation of developmental biology.
Brennus1Brennus (ca. 391 BC)
Brereton, Jane1Jane Brereton (1685–1740) was an English poet notable as a correspondent to The Gentleman's Magazine.
Breton, André]22André Breton (19 February 1896 – 28 September 1966) was a French writer, poet and theorist of Surrealism. He is known best as the founder of the Surrealist art movement. He wrote the first Surrealist Manifesto, 'Manifeste du Surréalisme' of 1924.
Brett, Jeremy3Jeremy Brett (3 November 1933 – 12 September 1995), born Peter Jeremy William Huggins, was an English actor, most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in four Granada TV series.
Breuer, Jim3Jim Breuer (born 1967-06-21) is an American comedian and actor mostly known for his appearance between 1995 and 1998 on Saturday Night Live.
Brewer, Heather2Heather Brewer (born September 21, 1973) is an American writer of young adult fiction.
Brewster , Kingman16Kingman Brewster, Jr. (17 June 1919 – 8 November 1988) was an American educator, President of Yale University, and US diplomat.
Brewster, David20Sir David Brewster FRS (December 11, 1781 – February 10, 1868) was a Scottish physicist, inventor and writer, and one of the founders of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He was particularly remarkable for his contributions to the field of optics.
Brezhnev, Leonid38Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (1907-01-01 O.S. 1906-12-19 – 1982-11-10) was the effective ruler of the Soviet Union from 1964 to 1982, at first in partnership with others. Brezhnev was made deputy head of political administration for the Southern Front, with the rank of Brigade-Commissar. In August 1946, Brezhnev left the Red Army with the rank of Major General. He had spent the entire war as a commissar rather than a military commander. He was later General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1964 to 1982, and was twice Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (head of state), from 1960 to 1964 and from 1977 to 1982. He died of a heart attack on November 10, 1982. During his later career, as Brezhnev's health deteriorated.
Brian Tracy3Brian Tracy (born 5 January 1944) is a motivational speaker and author.
Brice, Fanny2Fanny Brice (29 October 1891 – 29 May 1951) was a popular and influential American comedian, singer, theatre and film actress and entertainer.
Brickell, Edie15Edie Brickell (born 10 March 1966) is an American singer-songwriter who became famous with the hit "What I Am" as the lead singer of the folk rock group Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. She is the wife of Paul Simon.
Bricusse, Leslie3Leslie Bricusse (born 29 January 1931) is a British lyricist and composer.
Bridges, Edward1Edward Ettingdene Bridges, 1st Baron Bridges (4 August 1892 – 27 August 1969) was a British civil servant.
Bridges, Robert43Robert Seymour Bridges, OM (October 23, 1844 – April 21, 1930) was an English poet. He was poet laureate from 1913 to 1930.
Briggs, Joe Bob9Joe Bob Briggs (born 27 January 1953) is the pseudonym of John Irving Bloom, a syndicated film critic, writer and actor.
Bright, John43John Bright (November 16, 1811 – March 27, 1889) was a British politician and orator.
Bright, Susie14Susannah "Susie" Bright (born March 25, 1958, Arlington, Virginia), also known as Susie Sexpert, is a writer, speaker, teacher, audio show host, performer, all on the subject of sexuality. She is one of the first writers/activists referred to as a sex-positive feminist.
Brightman, Sarah9Sarah Brightman (born 14 August 1960) is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, songwriter and dancer.
Brigitte Bardot8Brigitte Bardot (born September 28, 1934) is a French actress and model, daughter of an industrialist. Also known simply as BB ("Bebe" in childhood), she is considered the embodiment of the 1950s "sex kitten".
Brigstocke, Marcus7Marcus Alexander Brigstocke (born 8 May 1973) is an English comedian and satirist who has worked extensively in stand-up comedy, television and radio.
Brillouin, Léon4Léon Nicolas Brillouin (August 7, 1889 – October 4, 1969) was a French physicist. He made contributions to quantum mechanics, radio wave propagation in the atmosphere, solid state physics, and information theory.
Brimelow, Peter3Peter Brimelow (born 1947) is an Anglo-American conservative writer and political pundit who has lived in England, Canada and the United States.
Brin, David82Glen David Brin (born October 6, 1950) is a well-known American author of science fiction. He is the winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards as well as the Interstella War Award. He lives in Southern California and has been both a NASA consultant and a physics professor.
Brin, Sergey4Sergey Brin (born August 21, 1973) is a Russian-American entrepreneur best known as a cofounder of Google.
Brinkley, David3David Brinkley (July 10, 1920 – June 11, 2003) was an American television journalist.
Brittain, Vera8Vera Mary Brittain (December 29, 1893 – March 29, 1970) was an English writer, feminist and pacifist, best remembered as the author of the best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth, recounting her experiences during World War I and the growth of her ideology of pacifism.
Broad, C. D.3Charlie Dunbar Broad (30 December 1887 – 11 March 1971) was an English epistemologist, historian of philosophy, philosopher of science, moral philosopher, and writer on the philosophical aspects of psychical research.
Broder, David S.1David Salzer Broder (September 11, 1929–March 9, 2011), was an American journalist, writing for The Washington Post for over 40 years. He also was an author, television news show pundit, and university lecturer.
Broderick, Matthew1Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is an American film and stage actor who, among other roles, played the title character in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Leo Bloom in The Producers and Broadway theatre productions of The Producers. He starred in Glory ( a 1989 film), a film about the American Civil War, as Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. He is married to actress Sarah Jessica Parker.
Brodie, Bernard11Bernard Brodie (May 20, 1910 – November 24, 1978) was an American military strategist well known for establishing the basics of nuclear strategy. Known as "the American Clausewitz," and "the original nuclear strategist," he was an initial architect of nuclear deterrence strategy and tried to ascertain the role and value of nuclear weapons after their creation.
Brodie, Fawn5Fawn McKay Brodie (September 15, 1915 – January 10, 1981) was a biographer and professor of history at UCLA.
Brodsky, Joseph4Iosip Aleksandrovich Brodsky (Russian: Ио́сиф Алекса́ндрович Бро́дский, usually anglicized as Joseph Brodsky) (24 May 1940 – 28 January 1996) was a Russian-American poet, winner of the 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature, and Poet Laureate of the United States for 1991–1992.
Bromfield, Louis6Louis Bromfield (27 December 1896 – 18 March 1956) was an American author and conservationist who gained international recognition winning the Pulitzer Prize and pioneering innovative scientific farming concepts.
Bromley, Isaac Hill1Isaac Hill Bromley (1833–1899) was an American lawyer, editor, politician, railroad director, possibly most notable as a humorist.
Bronfman, Edgar18Edgar Bronfman, Sr. (born June 20, 1929 – 21 December 2013) is a businessman, heir to Seagram's fortune.
Bronowski, Jacob32Jacob Bronowski (January 18, 1908 – August 22, 1974) was a British mathematician, biologist, and science historian of Polish origin. He is remembered in popular culture as the writer and presenter of the influential 1973 BBC television documentary series, The Ascent of Man.
Brontë, Anne166Anne Brontë (17 January 1820 – 28 May 1849) was a British novelist and poet, the youngest sibling of Charlotte and Emily Brontë. After initially publishing works under the pseudonyms Currer Bell, Ellis Bell, and Acton Bell they became famous as the Brontë sisters.
Brontë, Branwell2Patrick Branwell Brontë (26 June 1817 – 24 September 1848) was an English painter and poet, the only son of the Brontë family and the brother of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë.
Brontë, Charlotte74Charlotte Brontë (21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and the eldest of the three Brontë sisters whose novels have become enduring classics of English literature. She first published her work under the pseudonym Currer Bell.
Brontë, Emily81Emily Jane Brontë (30 July 1818 – 19 December 1848), one of the Brontë sisters, was an English novelist and poet who is most famous for her only novel, Wuthering Heights. She wrote under the pen name Ellis Bell.
Brook, Peter1Peter Brook (born 21 March 1925) is a British theatre and film director and innovator. He is famous for directing A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the Mahabharata, and writing The Empty Space.
Brooke Fraser1Brooke Gabrielle Fraser (born December 15, 1983, in Wellington, New Zealand) is an award-winning New Zealand singer-songwriter. She is also one of the main worship leaders of popular Christian praise and worship band Hillsong United.
Brooke, Heather53Heather Brooke (born 1970) is an American journalist & freedom of information campaigner. Author of "Your Right to Know", "The Silent State", "Assange Agnosties" and "The Revolution Will Be Digitised" & winner of the Washington Coalition for Open Government "Key Award". Also known as the pioneer who forced the British Parliament to answer to its own freedom of information laws.
Brooker, Charlie60Charlton "Charlie" Brooker (born 3 March 1971) is a satirist, TV critic, TV presenter and columnist for the UK's Guardian newspaper.
Brookner, Anita6Anita Brookner (born 16 July 1928) is an English novelist and art historian. She was educated at James Allen's Girls' School. She received a BA in History from King's College London in 1949 and a doctorate in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1953. In 1967 she became the first woman to hold the Slade professorship at Cambridge University. She was promoted to Reader at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1977, where she worked until her retirement in 1988. Brookner was made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1990. She is a Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge. Brookner published her first novel, A Start In Life, in 1981 at the age of 53. Since then she has published approximately a novel every year. Her fourth book, Hotel du Lac, published in 1984, won the Booker Prize.
Brooks, David13David Brooks (born August 11, 1961) is a Canadian-born American political and cultural commentator. Brooks served as an editorial writer and film reviewer for the Washington Times, a reporter and later op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard from its inception, a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly, and a commentator on NPR. He is now a columnist for The New York Times and commentator on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Brooks, Fred20Frederick Phillips Brooks, Jr. (born April 19, 1931) is a computer architect, software engineer, and computer scientist, most famous for managing the development of IBM's System/360 Computer family hardware and then OS/360, then later writing candidly about the process in his seminal book The Mythical Man-Month. Brooks received a Turing Award in 1999 and many other awards.
Brooks, Garth25Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7 1962) is an American country music singer and songwriter.
Brooks, Gwendolyn39Gwendolyn Brooks (7 June 1917 – 3 December 2000) was an American poet. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Literature for her book of poems Annie Allen.
Brooks, John10John Brooks was an American journalist specialized on business topics, his articles were usually published by the New Yorker.
Brooks, Louise2Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985) was an American silent film actress, dancer, model, showgirl and writer.
Brooks, Mel69Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky on 28 June 1926) is an American actor, director, and screenwriter.
Brooks, Phillips11Phillips Brooks (December 13, 1835 – January 23, 1893) was a noted United States clergyman and author, who briefly served as Bishop of Massachusetts in the Episcopal Church during the early 1890s.
Brooks, Terry6Terence Dean "Terry" Brooks (born 8 January 1944) is an American author most famous for his Shannara epic fantasy book series.
Brooks, Thomas (Puritan)69Thomas Brooks (1608 – September 27, 1680) was an English, non-conformist, Puritan preacher and author.
Brother Lawrence1Brother Lawrence (c. 1614 - 1691-02-12) was a lay brother in a Carmelite monastery. Today he is most commonly remembered for the closeness of his relationship to God as recorded in the classic Christian text, The Practice of the Presence of God.
Brothers, Joyce32Dr. Joyce Brothers (born 20 September 1928 - 13 May, 2013) is a family psychologist, author, and advice columnist; born Joyce Diane Bauer.
Brough, Robert Barnabas1Robert Barnabas Brough (1828–1860) was an English writer. He wrote poetry, novels and was a contributor to many periodicals.
Brougham, Henry18The Right Honourable Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, PC (September 19, 1778 – May 7, 1868) was Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain during the administration of Lord Grey and the first of Lord Melbourne.
Broun, Heywood4Heywood Broun (1888–1939) was an American journalist, sportswriter and newspaper columnist in New York City. He founded the American Newspaper Guild, now known as The Newspaper Guild.
Brown, A. Whitney3Alan Whitney Brown (born July 8, 1952) is an American comedian and writer who was a regular humorist on Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show.
Brown, Aaron C.16Aaron Brown (born November 27, 1956) is an American author and financial trader. He is best-known for the idea that the economics of modern global derivatives evolved from gambling games rather than older financial institutions, and that gambling remains at the core of economic life.
Brown, Barrett14Barrett Brown (born August 14, 1981) is an American journalist, essayist and satirist. He is often referred to as an unofficial spokesperson for the hacktivist collective Anonymous, a label he disputes. He founded Project PM, an online distributed think tank, to facilitate analysis of leaked information about the cyber-military-industrial complex. He has spent over a year in a Texas jail and faces over a hundred more in federal prison over charges that he provided a URL link to source material and threatened to investigate a federal agent.
Brown, Campbell1Campbell Brown (born 14 June 1968) is an American television news reporter, currently an anchor and political pundit for CNN and a former co-anchor of NBC's Weekend Today.
Brown, Charles Brockden17Charles Brockden Brown (17 January 1771 – 22 February 1810) was an American novelist, historian, and editor of the Early National period, generally regarded by scholars as the most ambitious and accomplished US novelist before James Fenimore Cooper.
Brown, Dan9Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction, featuring recurring elements of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories.
Brown, Derren155Derren Victor Brown (born 27 February 1971) is a British illusionist, mentalist, painter, writer and sceptic.
Brown, Elaine2Elaine Brown (born March 2, 1943) is an American prison activist, writer, singer, and former Black Panther leader who is based in Oakland, California.
Brown, Foxy1Foxy Brown (born Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand on September 6, 1978) is a female rapper.
Brown, Gordon26James Gordon Brown (born February 20, 1951) is a British politician who was elected to Parliament in 1983 and who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010. He was the Labour Party's treasury spokesman since 1992, and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997.
Brown, Harvey R.2Harvey R. Brown (born April 4, 1950, in the United Kingdom) is a philosopher of physics. He is a Reader in Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.
Brown, Ian2Ian Brown (born 20 February 1963) is an English musician, best known as the former lead singer of the alternative rock band The Stone Roses. Since the breakup of the Stone Roses he has pursued a solo career.
Brown, James21James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006), commonly referred to as "The Godfather of Soul" and "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business", was an American entertainer recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music. He was renowned for his shouting vocals, feverish dancing and unique rhythmic style.
Brown, Jerry50Jerry Brown (born 7 April 1938) was formerly Governor of California, ran for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, was Mayor of Oakland, California, then Attorney General of California, and is again Governor.
Brown, Jim2Jim Brown (born February 17, 1936) is a retired American professional football player who has also made his mark as an actor and social activist. He is best known for his exceptional and record-setting nine-year career as a running back for the NFL Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965. He is universally acclaimed as one of the best running backs of all time, and in 2002 was named by The Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever. Sportswriter Bert Randolph Sugar named Brown #1 in his book The Greatest Athletes of All Time.
Brown, John27John Brown (9 May 1800 – 2 December 1859) was an American abolitionist who advocated and practiced insurrection as a means to the abolition of slavery.
Brown, John2John Brown (November 5, 1715 – 1766) was an English divine and author.
Brown, Michael1Michael E. Brown (born 5 June 1965) has been a professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) since 2003. His study of the minor planet 2003 UB313 led to new discussion about the classification of the planets, as this new object was both further away and larger than Pluto.
Brown, Phil65Phil Brown (born 30 May 1959) was born in South Shields. He is a former professional footballer, mainly at Bolton Wanderers where he also became coach. In 2005 he became team manager of Derby County, where he developed his own particular variant of the English language, commonly known as 'Brownish'. His unusual syntactic structure often baffles the untrained ear, disorientating the listener. He was sacked from Derby in January 2006 and made manager of Hull City later that year. In his second season at Hull, he led the Tigers to promotion to the top flight for the first time in their history.
Brown, Rita Mae10Rita Mae Brown (born November 28, 1944) is a prolific American writer who became famous with her first novel Rubyfruit Jungle; she is also a mystery writer and an Emmy-nominated screenwriter.
Brown, Thomas Edward1Thomas Edward Brown (May 5, 1830 – October 29, 1897) was a Manx poet, scholar and theologian.
Brown, Tom3Tom Brown (1662 – 18 June 1704) was an English translator and writer of satire, largely forgotten today save for a four-line gibe he wrote concerning Dr John Fell.
Browne, Harry9Harry Edson Browne (17 June 1933 – 1 March 2006) was an American politician, libertarian writer and public speaker, and investment analyst.&bnsp; He was the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee in the U. S. elections of 1996 and 2000.  He was the author of 23http://www.harrybrowne.org/ books that in total have sold more than 2 million copies and of thousands of articles, co-founder and Director of Public Policy of the libertarian Downsize DC Foundation, and host of two weekly network radio shows (The Libertarian Conversation and The Money Show) and of an eTV show (This Week in Liberty with Harry Browne).
Browne, Jackson14Clyde Jackson Browne (born 9 October 1948) is an American musician and singer-songwriter.
Browne, Sylvia10Sylvia Browne (October 19, 1936 − November 20, 2013) was a self-proclaimed psychic and medium, the author of numerous books on spirituality.
Browne, Thomas74Sir Thomas Browne, MD (19 October 1605 – 19 October 1682) was an English author of varied works which disclose his wide learning in diverse fields including medicine, religion, science and the esoteric.
Browne, William3William Browne (1590?–1645?) was an English poet, born at Tavistock, Devon, educated at Oxford, after which he entered the Inner Temple.
Brownell, Henry Howard3Henry Howard Brownell (February 6, 1820–1872) was an American poet and historian.
Brownie Mary6Mary Jane Rathbun (December 22, 1922 – April 10, 1999), popularly known as Brownie Mary, was an American medical cannabis activist.
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett55Elizabeth Barrett Browning (March 6 1806 – June 29 1861) was an English poet and the wife of fellow poet Robert Browning.
Browning, Guy5Guy Browning (born 1964) is a humorist and after-dinner speaker. He writes the How to... column in the Guardian.
Browning, Robert153Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and husband of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Brownjohn, Alan3Alan Brownjohn (born 28 July 1931) is an English poet and novelist.
Bruce, Lenny22Lenny Bruce (13 October 1925 – 3 August 1966), born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was an American stand-up comic and political satirist.
Bruce, Michael3Michael Bruce (March 27, 1746 – July 15, 1767) was a Scottish poet and hymnist.
Bruckner, Anton3Anton Bruckner (4 September 1824 – 11 October 1896) was an Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets.
Brundle, Martin11Martin Brundle (born June 1, 1959, in King's Lynn, Norfolk) is an English motor racing driver known chiefly as the man who ran Ayrton Senna close in British Formula Three, a journeyman Formula One driver and as an ITV Sport F1 commentator. He is well known for colourful quotes from his Formula 1 commentary.
Brundtland, Gro Harlem5Gro Harlem Brundtland (born 20 April 1939) is a Norwegian politician, former leader of the Norwegian Labor Party, former prime minister of Norway and former general secretary of the WHO.
Brunner, Constantine11Constantin Brunner (27 August 1862 – 1937) was the pen-name of the German Jewish philosopher Arjeh Yehuda Wertheimer.
Brunner, John98John Kilian Houston Brunner (September 24, 1934 – August 26, 1995) was a science fiction author. His work in the new wave sub-genre is highly acclaimed and influential. His earlier (prolific, often pseudonymous) space operas are generally considered unremarkable.
Bruno Schulz32Bruno Schulz (1892-07-12 – 1942-11-19) was a Polish writer and artist, considered by some to be the greatest prose stylist of the modern Polish language.
Bruno, Frank1Franklin Roy Bruno (born November 16, 1961) is a British former boxer whose career highlight was winning the WBC Heavyweight championship in 1995. Altogether, he won 40 of his 45 contests.
Bruno, Giordano76Giordano Bruno (1548 – February 17 1600) was an Italian monist philosopher, astronomer, satirist, occultist, mystic, and martyr, who was burned at the stake as a heretic; born Filippo Bruno, in Nola, Italy, he often called himself Il Nolano (The Nolan).
Brust, Steven7Steven Karl Zoltán Brust (born November 23, 1955) is an American fantasy and science fiction author.
Brustein, Robert1Robert Sanford Brustein (born April 21, 1927) is an American theatrical director, producer, playwright, theatre critic for The New Republic since 1959, and Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University.
Brutus, Marcus Junius3Marcus Junius Brutus Caepio (85 BC – 42 BC), or simply Brutus, was a Roman senator of the late Roman Republic. He was one of Julius Caesar's assassins.
Bryan, William Cullen41William Cullen Bryant (November 3, 1794 – June 12, 1878) was an American Romantic poet and journalist.
Bryan, William Jennings27William Jennings Bryan (19 March 1860 – 26 July 1925) was an American lawyer, statesman, and politician. He was a three-time Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States noted for his deep, commanding voice.
Bryant Gumbel11Bryant Gumbel (born 29 September 1948) is a popular television show host.
Bryant, Anita4Anita Jane Bryant (born March 25, 1940) is an American anti-gay activist and singer.
Bryant, Bear6Paul William "Bear" Bryant (September 11, 1913 – January 26, 1983) was an American college football coach who was named National Coach of the Year three-times; in 1961, 1971 and 1973. Barra, Allen (2005), The Last Coach: The Life of Paul "Bear" Bryant pages: 517, publisher: W.W. Norton & Company The national coach of the year award was subsequently named the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award in his honor. Bryant was the Head Coach of Sports Illustrated's NCAA Football All-Century Team.Maisel, Ivan (August 16, 1999), "SI's NCAA Football All-Century Team", Sports Illustrated ISSN: 0038-822X, retrieved: 2007-11-15 In February 1983, Bryant was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Bryant, Kobe15Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the NBA who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryson, Bill71William "Bill" McGuire Bryson, OBE (born December 8, 1951) is a best-selling American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and on scientific subjects.
Brzezinski, Zbigniew38Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski (born 28 March, 1928) is a Polish American political scientist, geostrategist, and statesman who served as United States National Security Advisor in the administration of President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.
Buber, Martin30Martin Buber (February 8, 1878 – June 13, 1965) was a Jewish philosopher, theologian, story-teller, and teacher.
Buchan, John117John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir (26 August 1875 – 11 February 1940) was a Scottish novelist, poet, and politician who was Governor-General of Canada from 1935 to 1940.
Buchanan, James9James Buchanan (23 April 1791 – 1 June 1868) was the 15th President of the United States (1857–1861). He was the only bachelor President, and the only resident of Pennsylvania to hold that office. He has been criticized for failing to prevent the country from sliding into schism and the American Civil War.
Buchanan, James Mcgill15James McGill Buchanan, Jr. (October 3, 1919 – January 9, 2013) was an American economist known for his work on public choice theory, who was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Economics.
Buchanan, Pat80Patrick Joseph Buchanan (born November 2, 1938) is an American politician, author, syndicated columnist, and broadcaster.
Buchanan, Robert Williams12Robert Williams Buchanan (August 18, 1841 – June 10, 1901) was a Scottish poet, novelist and dramatist.
Büchner, Georg43Karl Georg Büchner (17 October 1813 – 19 February 1837) was a German dramatist and writer of prose. He was the brother of physician and philosopher Ludwig Büchner.
Buchwald, Art18Arthur "Art" Buchwald (20 October 1925 – 17 January 2007) was an American humorist best known for his long-running column in The Washington Post newspaper, which focused on political satire and commentary. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Outstanding Commentary in 1982 and in 1986 was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Buck, Pearl S.59Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (born Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker; Chinese: 赛珍珠; Pinyin: Sài Zhēnzhū; 26 June 1892 – 6 March 1973), primarily known as Pearl S. Buck, was a prolific American writer. In 1938, she became the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Buck, Tim14Timothy "Tim" Buck (6 January 1891 – 11 March 1973) was a long-time leader of the Communist Party of Canada.
Bucke, Richard Maurice8Richard Maurice Bucke (18 March 1837 – 19 February 1902), often called Maurice Bucke, was an important Canadian progressive psychiatrist in the late nineteenth century. An adventurer in his youth, he went on to study medicine, practice psychiatry, and befriend several noted men of letters. In addition to writing and delivering professional papers, Bucke wrote three book-length studies: Man's Moral Nature, Walt Whitman, and – his best known work – Cosmic Consciousness, a classic in the modern study of mystical experience.
Buckingham, George Villiers, 2nd Duke of23George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, KG, PC, FRS (January 30 1628 – April 16 1687) was an English dramatist, poet, politician, wit and rake.
Buckingham, Marcus9Marcus Buckingham (born January 11, 1966) is a British-American New York Times best-selling author, researcher, motivational speaker and business consultant best known for promoting what he calls "Strengths." Basing most of his writing on extensive survey data from interviews with workers in countries around the world, he promotes the idea that people will get the best results by making the most of their strengths rather than by putting too much emphasis on weaknesses or perceived deficiencies.
Buckle, Henry Thomas3Henry Thomas Buckle (24 November 1821 – 29 May 1862) was an English historian, author of an unfinished History of Civilization, and a very strong amateur chess player.
Buckles, Frank18Frank Woodruff Buckles (February 1, 1901 – February 27, 2011) was, at age 110, the last known surviving American-born veteran of the First World War.
Buckley, Jeff40Jeff Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), also known as "Scotty Moorhead", was an American singer-songwriter.
Buckley, Lord1Lord Buckley (April 5, 1906, Tuolumne, California – November 12, 1960, New York City), born Richard Myrle Buckley, was an American monologist and comedian.
Buckley, Walter F.34Walter Frederick Buckley (1922 – January 26, 2006) was an American sociologist, and Professor of sociology, who was among the first to apply concepts from general systems theory (GST), based on the work of Bertalanffy, to sociology.
Buckley, William F., Jr.46William Frank Buckley Jr. (November 24 1925 - February 27 2008) was an American author, conservative journalist, who founded the conservative political magazine National Review in 1955 and hosted the award-winning television show Firing Line from 1966 until 1999.
Buddha, Gautama96Gautama Buddha (c. 563 – c. 483 BC) was a teacher and religious leader. "Buddha", meaning "awakened one" or "enlightened one" is a title, not a name; the Shakyamuni Buddha, whose original name was Siddhartha Gautama, was the founder of Buddhism.
Budker, Gersh3Gersh Itskovich Budker (Герш Ицкович Будкер) (May 1, 1918 – July 4, 1977) was a Soviet nuclear physicist. He is best known for his invention in 1968 of electron cooling, a method of reducing the emittance of particle beams by thermalisation with a co-propagating electron beam.
Buffet, Warren72Warren Edward Buffett (born 30 August 1930) is an American investor and the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
Buffett, Jimmy28James William "Jimmy" Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is a singer, songwriter, author, businessman, and movie producer. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism" lifestyle.
Bugaighis, Salwa5Salwa Bugaighis (ca. 1964 - 25 June 2014) was a Libyan human rights activist, revolutionary and lawyer, member of the National Transitional Council.
Bujold, Lois McMaster243Lois McMaster Bujold (born 2 November 1949, Columbus, Ohio) is an American author of science fiction and fantasy works, most noted for the works in her Vorkosigan Saga
Bukharin, Nikolai4Nikolai Bukharin (9 October 1888 {27 September O.S.} – 15 March 1938) was a Bolshevik revolutionary and theorist.
Bukowski, Charles65Charles Bukowski (16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994) was a Los Angeles, California poet and novelist sometimes mistakenly associated with Beat Generation writers because of alleged similarities of style and attitude. Bukowski's writing was heavily influenced by the geography and atmosphere of his home city of Los Angeles. He wrote more than fifty books and countless smaller pieces. He is often mentioned as an influence by contemporary authors and his style is frequently imitated.
Bulgakov, Mikhail35Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov (15 May O.S. 3 May 1891 – 10 March 1940) was a Russian-language novelist and playwright of the first half of the 20th century.
Buller, Arthur Henry Reginald1Arthur Henry Reginald Buller (August 19, 1874 – July 3, 1944) was a Bitish/Canadian mycologist. He is mainly known as a researcher of fungi and wheat rust.
Buller, Francis24Sir Francis Buller, 1st Baronet (17 March 1746 – 5 June 1800) was an English judge.
Bullett, Gerald1Gerald Bullett (1893–1958) was a novelist, essayist, short story writer, critic and poet.
Bullock, Sandra10Sandra Bullock (born 26 July 1964) is an American actress.
Bultmann, Rudolf6Rudolf Karl Bultmann (20 August 1884 – 30 July 1976) was a German theologian of Lutheran background, who was for three decades professor of New Testament studies at the University of Marburg.
Bulwer-Lytton, Edward George, 1st Baron Lytton22Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (25 May 1803 – 18 January 1873) was an English novelist, playwright, and politician.
Bulykin, Dmitri6Dmitri Olegovich Bulykin (born 20 November 1979) is a Russian football forward who plays for Fortuna Düsseldorf on loan from Anderlecht.
Bun B10Bernard Freeman (born March 19, 1973), better known by his stage name Bun B, is an American rapper. He and Chad "Pimp C" Butler comprised the southern hip hop duo UGK (UnderGround Kingz). After Chad's passing he went on to start his solo career with his albums chart topping albums Trill,II Trill, and Trill OG.
Bundy, Ted37Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy (born Theodore Robert Cowell; November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) was a famous American killer, rapist, kidnapper and necrophile who assaulted and killed numerous young women and girls (from ages 15 - 25) during the 1970s and possibly earlier. He was sentenced to death and was by executed by the electric chair in 1989.
Bunge, Mario7Mario Augusto Bunge (born 21 September 1919) is an Argentine philosopher of science, author of the Treatise on Basic Philosophy (8 volumes, 1974–1989). He earned a doctorate in physics at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina (1952) and was the Frothingham Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at McGill University, Canada, until his retirement in 2011.
Bunn, Alfred4Alfred Bunn (April 8, 1796 – December 20, 1860) was an English theatrical manager.
Bunner, Henry2Henry Cuyler Bunner (3 August 1855 – 11 May 1896) was an American novelist and poet born in Oswego, New York.
Bunting, Basil19Basil Cheesman Bunting (March 3, 1900 – April 17, 1985) was a British modernist poet.
Bunuel, Luis13Luis Buñuel (22 February 1900 – 29 July 1983) was a Spanish film director.
Bunyan, John21John Bunyan (28 November 1628 – 3 August 1688) was a Christian writer and preacher, born at Harrowden, in the Parish of Elstow, England, most famous for the allegorical work The Pilgrim's Progress.
Burbidge, Geoffrey3Geoffrey Ronald Burbidge (24 September 1925 – 26 January 2010) was an English astronomer.
Burchill, Julie10Julie Burchill (born 3 July 1959) is an English writer, who started as writer for the New Musical Express at the age of 17. She has written for newspapers such as The Sunday Times and The Guardian, and has declared herself "militant feminist"
Burdett, John2John Patrick Burdett (born July 24, 1951) is a British crime novelist.
Buren, Daniel11Daniel Buren (born 25 March 1938) is a French conceptual artist.
Burfitt-Dons, Louise12Louise Burfitt-Dons (née Byres; born October 22, 1953) is an English writer, humanitarian and global warming campaigner who is best known for her anti-bullying activism as the founder of the charity Act Against Bullying.
Burger, Warren E.6Warren Earl Burger (September 17, 1907 – June 25, 1995) was Chief Justice of the United States from 1969 to 1986. Although Burger had conservative leanings, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a variety of transformative and controversial decisions on abortion, capital punishment, religious establishment, and school desegregation during his tenure.
Burgers, Jan1Johannes (Jan) Martinus Burgers (January 13, 1895 – June 7, 1981) was a Dutch physicist, credited to be the father of Burgers' equation, the Burgers vector in dislocation theory and the Burgers material in viscoelasticity.
Burges, William21William Burges (2 December 1827 – 20 April 1881) was an English architect and designer.
Burgess, Anthony300Anthony Burgess (25 February 1917 – 22 November 1993) was an English writer whose novels include the Malayan trilogy, A Clockwork Orange, the Enderby cycle, Nothing Like The Sun, Earthly Powers and The Kingdom Of The Wicked. He also produced critical works on Joyce, Lawrence, Hemingway and Shakespeare, and studies of language and of pornography.
Burgess, Gelett5Frank Gelett Burgess (January 30, 1866 – September 18, 1951) was an American artist, art critic, poet, author and humourist.
Burgess, John1John Burgess (August 26, 1844 – January 13, 1931) was a pioneering American political scientist.
Burgh, James49James Burgh (1714–1775) was a British Whig politician whose book Political Disquisitions set out an early case for free speech and universal suffrage.
Burghley, Lord12William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (13 September 1520 – 4 August 1598) was an English politician, the chief advisor of Queen Elizabeth I for most of her reign (17 November 1558 – 24 March 1603), and Lord High Treasurer from 1572.
Burgnich, Tarcisio1Tarcisio Burgnich (born April 25, 1939, in Ruda, Italy) is a former Italian football defender.
Burke, Edmund190Edmund Burke (January 12, 1729 – July 9, 1797) was an Irish political philosopher, Whig politician and statesman who is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism.
Burke, James29James Burke (born 22 December 1936) is a British science historian, author and television producer best known for his documentary television series focusing on the history of science and technology leavened with a sense of humor.
Burke, James Lee1James Lee Burke (born December 5, 1936) is an American author of mysteries, best known for his Dave Robicheaux series.
Burke, Kenneth10Kenneth Duva Burke (May 5, 1897 – November 19, 1993) was a major American literary theorist and philosopher. Burke's primary interests were in rhetoric and aesthetics.
Burna, Slim11Gabriel Soprinye Halliday (born 11 April 1988), better known by his stage name Slim Burna, is a Nigerian musician, singer, rapper and record producer.
Burnand, Francis1Sir Francis Cowley Burnand (November 29, 1836 – April 21, 1917), often credited as F. C. Burnand, was an editor of Punch, taking over from Tom Taylor in 1880, until 1906, when he was succeeded by Sir Owen Seaman. He was also a prolific humorist and writer, creating almost 200 burlesques, farces, pantomimes and other works. He was knighted in 1902.
Burnet, Frank Macfarlane3Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet (September 3, 1899 – August 31, 1985) was an Australian virologist best known for his contributions to immunology. He was co-winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Sir Peter Medawar.
Burnet, Thomas1Thomas Burnet (c. 1635 – 1715) was an Anglican clergyman, best known for his book Telluris Theoria Sacra, or The Sacred Theory of the Earth.
Burnett Streeter1Burnett Hillman Streeter (17 November 1874 – 10 September 1937) was a British biblical scholar and textual critic.
Burnett, Frances Hodgson3Frances Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 – 29 October 1924) was an English–American playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, including The Secret Garden , A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy.
Burnett, Leo9Leo Burnett (October 21, 1891 – June 7, 1971) was an advertising executive famous for creating such icons as the Jolly Green Giant, the Marlboro Man, Toucan Sam, Charlie the Tuna, Morris the Cat, the Pillsbury Doughboy, the 7up "Spot", and Tony the Tiger.
Burney, Charles4Charles Burney (April 7, 1726 – April 12, 1814) was an English organist, travel writer and music historian.
Burney, Frances11Frances Burney (13 June 1752 – 6 January 1840), also known as Fanny Burney and after marriage as Madame d'Arblay, was an English novelist, poet, diarist, and playwright.
Burnham, Bo8Bo Burnham (born August 21, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter, comedian, and Internet celebrity.
Burnham, Daniel2Daniel Hudson Burnham (4 September 1846 – 1 June 1912) was an American architect and urban planner.
Burnham, Frederick Russell4Major Frederick Russell Burnham (11 May 1861 – 1 September 1947) was an American scout and world traveling adventurer known for his service to the British Army in colonial Africa and for teaching woodcraft to Robert Baden-Powell, thus becoming one of the inspirations for the founding of the international Scouting Movement.
Burnham, Jack6Jack Burnham (born Chicago, 1931) is an American writer on art and technology, who taught art history at Northwestern University and the University of Maryland. He is one of the main forces behind the emergence of systems art in the 1960s.
Burnham, James15James Burnham (November 22, 1905 – July 28, 1987) was an American philosopher and political theorist.
Burns, Conrad6Conrad Ray Burns (born January 25, 1935) served three terms in the United States Senate from Montana. He was only the second Republican to represent Montana in the Senate since the 1913 passage of the Seventeenth Amendment. Despite promises to serve only two terms, he was the longest-serving Republican senator in Montana history.
Burns, George4George Burns (20 January 1896 – 9 March 1996), born Nathan Birnbaum, was an American comedian, actor and comedic partner and husband of Gracie Allen.
Burns, John1John Elliot Burns (20 October 1858 – 24 January 1943) was a British trade unionist and politician of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly associated with London politics.
Burns, Robert100Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) was a poet and pioneer of the Romantic movement and after his death became an important source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.
Burns, Steve1Steve Burns (born 2008-8-15) is best known for his role as host of the Nickelodeon TV show Blue's Clues.
Burns, Tom R.12Tom R. Burns (born 1937) is an American/Swedish sociologist, Professor Emeritus of sociology at the University of Uppsala in Sweden and founder of the Uppsala Theory Circle.
Burns, Tommy1Tommy Burns (June 17, 1881 – May 10, 1955), born Noah Brusso, was a Canadian world heavyweight champion boxer.
Burr, Aaron4Aaron Burr, Jr. (6 February 1756 – 14 September 1836) was the Vice-President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson, also famous for having killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.
Burr, Enoch Fitch5Enoch Fitch Burr (October 21, 1818 – May 8, 1907) was an American theologian and astronomer.
Burroughs, Edgar Rice62Edgar Rice Burroughs (1 September 1875 – 19 March 1950) was an American author of science-fiction and adventure stories, most famous for the creation of the jungle-born hero Tarzan.
Burroughs, Nannie Helen1Nannie Helen Burroughs (May 2 1879 – May 20 1961) was an influential African American, author, educator, orator, and religious leader.
Burroughs, William S.55William Seward Burroughs II (5 February 1914 – 2 August 1997), more commonly known as William S. Burroughs, was an American novelist, essayist, social critic, painter and spoken word performer. Much of Burroughs' work is semi-autobiographical, drawn from his experiences as an opiate addict, a condition that marked the last fifty years of his life. He was a central member of the Beat Generation and an avant-garde author who influenced popular culture as well as literature. In 1984 he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Burt Reynolds3Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds (born February 11, 1936) is an American actor, director and producer. He has starred in many roles, such as Dan August, Deliverance, The Longest Yard with its 2005 remake and Smokey and the Bandit. He also won two Golden Globe Awards, including in Evening Shade for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy and in Boogie Nights for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.
Burton, Cliff2Clifford Lee Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986) was Metallica's second bassist after Ron McGovney.
Burton, Nat2Nat Burton (1901–1945), born Nat Schwartz, was an American songwriter.
Burton, Richard Francis76Sir Richard Francis Burton (19 March 1821 – 20 October 1890) was a British consul, explorer, translator, writer, poet, Orientalist and swordsman known for his often-unprecedented exploits of travel and exploration as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures.
Burton, Richard M.3Richard M. Burton (born 1939) is an American organizational theorist, known for his work in the field on business strategy and organizational design.
Burton, Robert106Robert Burton (1577-02-08 – 1640-01-25) was an English scholar at Oxford University (at Christ Church), known chiefly for writing The Anatomy of Melancholy.
Burtt, Edwin Arthur4Edwin Arthur Burtt (1892 – 6 September 1989) was an American philosopher, who wrote extensively on the philosophy of religion.
Buruma, Ian4Ian Buruma (born December 28, 1951) is a British-Dutch writer and academic. Much of his work focuses on Asian culture, particularly that of 20th-century Japan. In 2003 he became Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights & Journalism at Bard College, New York.
Bury, J. B.3John Bagnell Bury (16 October 1861 – 1 June 1927) was preeminent historian and expert on Roman history.
Buscaglia, Leo32Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia Ph.D. (31 March 1924 – 11 June 1998), also known as "Dr. Love," was an American author, motivational speaker, and a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California.
Busch, Wilhelm (pastor)14Wilhelm Busch ([email protected] March 27, 1897 – † June 22, 1966) was a German Lutheran pastor, youth evangelist, writer and activist of the Confessing Church during the Nazi period in Germany. His book "Jesus our destiny" (in German Jesus unser Schicksal) is regarded for being probably the most famous evangelistic book in German language.
Bush, Barbara5Barbara Pierce Bush (born June 8, 1925), wife of 41st U.S. President George H. W. Bush and mother of 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush.
Bush, George Herbert Walker43George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the forty-first President of the United States of America. He is married to Barbara Bush, and is the father of George W. Bush.
Bush, George Walker545George Walker Bush (born 6 July 1946) was the 43rd President of the United States of America, serving from 2001 to 2009.  He is a son of George H. W. Bush, the husband of Laura Welch Bush, and a grandson of Prescott Bush. He was succeeded in January 2009 by the 44th U.S. president, Barack H. Obama II.
Bush, Jeb2John Ellis Bush (born 11 February 1953) Politician; Governor of Florida; usually called "Jeb" Bush
Bush, John Carder7John Carder Bush (born 1944) is a British writer, poet, and photographer. He is the eldest brother of Kate Bush.
Bush, Kate392Kate Bush (born Catherine Bush on July 30, 1958) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer; sister of John Carder Bush.
Bush, Laura15Laura Welch Bush (born 4 November 1946) first lady of the United States, wife of President George W. Bush.
Bush, Vannevar55Vannevar Bush (11 March 1890 – 30 June 1974) was an American engineer and science administrator known for his work on analog computing, his political role in the development of the atomic bomb as a primary organizer of the Manhattan Project, the founding of Raytheon, and the idea of the memex which later inspired the creation of hypertext and the World Wide Web.
Bushnell, Horace31Horace Bushnell (14 April 1802 – 17 February 1876) was an American Congregational clergyman and theologian.
Bushnell, Nolan1Nolan K. Bushnell (born February 5, 1943) is an American electrical engineer and entrepreneur who co-founded Atari and founded the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza-Time Theaters chain.
Bushwick Bill1Richard Shaw (born December 8, 1966), better known by the stage name Bushwick Bill, is a member of the American hip hop group Geto Boys along with Willie D and Scarface. He was born in Jamaica but moved to Brooklyn, NY as a young child.
Busoni, Ferruccio12Ferruccio (Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto) Busoni (April 1, 1866 – July 27, 1924) was an Italian composer, pianist, editor, writer, piano and composition teacher, and conductor.
Buss,David1David M. Buss (born April 14, 1953) is an American psychologist, and professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, known for his evolutionary psychology research on human sex differences in mate selection.
Busta Rhymes1Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. (born May 20, 1972), better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American hip-hop musician and actor.
Busted (band)6Busted was an English band consisting of James Bourne (rhythm guitar; born September 13, 1983), Charlie Simpson (lead guitar; born June 7, 1985), and Matt Willis (then called Matt Jay; bass guitar; born May 8, 1983) which formed in 2001 and disbanded on January 14th 2005.
Butcher, Jim14Jim Butcher (born October 26, 1971) is an American novelist, most known for his contemporary fantasy book series The Dresden Files. He also writes the Codex Alera series.
Butler-Sloss, Elizabeth1Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss (born August 10, 1933) is a retired British judge and current head of the Security Commission.
Butler, Judith9Judith Butler (born 24 February 1956) is an American post-structuralist philosopher who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy, and ethics.
Butler, Nicholas Murray15Nicholas Murray Butler (April 2, 1862 – December 7, 1947) was an American philosopher, diplomat, and educator. Butler was president of Columbia University, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Butler, Octavia79Octavia E. Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an American science fiction writer, one of the very few African-American women in the field.
Butler, Rab8Richard Austen Butler, Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, KG, CH, DL, PC (9 December 1902 – 8 March 1982), who invariably signed his name R. A. Butler and was familiarly known as Rab, was a British Conservative politician. Butler was one of only two British politicians (the other being John Simon, 1st Viscount Simon) to have served in three of the four Great Offices of State (Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary) but never to have achieved the Premiership, for which he was twice passed over.
Butler, Samuel179Samuel Butler (December 4, 1835 – June 18, 1902) was a British satirist, most famous for his novels Erewhon and The Way of All Flesh.
Butler, Samuel (poet)76Samuel Butler (February 8 1612 – September 25 1680) was an English satirical poet.
Butler, Smedley6Major General Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940), one of the most colorful officers in the Marine Corps' long history, was one of the two Marines who received two Medals of Honor for separate acts of outstanding heroism.
Butler, William Allen2William Allen Butler (February 20, 1825 – September 9, 1902) was an American lawyer and writer of poetical satires.
Butt, Hassan1Hassan Butt (born 1980 in Luton) is the British-Pakistani former Islamist.
Butt, Munir10Dr Munir Butt KCMG PhD (born 1940) is a former British diplomat who was an economic and foreign policy advisor to prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major.
Butterfield, Herbert6Herbert Butterfield (October 7, 1900 – July 20, 1979) was a British historian and philosopher of history who is remembered chiefly for a slim volume entitled, The Whig Interpretation of History (1931).
Butts, Mary Franeis1Mary Frances Butts (December 13, 1890 – March 5, 1937) was a British modernist writer. Her work found recognition in important literary magazines such as "The Bookman" and "The Little Review", as well as from some of her fellow modernists, T.S. Eliot, H.D. and Bryher.
Butz, Earl2Earl Butz (3 July 1909 – 2 February 2008) was a United States government official who served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
Buxton, Charles1Charles Buxton (18 November 1823 – 10 August 1871) was an English brewer, philanthropist, writer and Member of Parliament.
Buzan, Tony9Tony Buzan (born 1942) is the originator of mind mapping and coined the term mental literacy. He was born in London and received double Honours in psychology, English, mathematics and the General Sciences from the University of British Columbia in 1964. He is probably best known for his book, Use Your Head, his promotion of mnemonic systems and his mind-mapping techniques.
Byatt, A. S.4Dame Antonia Byatt DBE (born 24 August 1936) has been hailed as one of the great postmodern novelists in Britain. She is usually known as A. S. Byatt.
Bygraves, Max3Max Bygraves OBE (16 October 1922 – 31 August 2012), born Walter William Bygraves, was an English comedian, singer, actor and variety performer.
Bynner, Witter3Harold Witter Bynner (August 10, 1881 – June 1, 1968) was an American poet, writer and academic.
Bynum, Andrew1Andrew Bynum (born October 27, 1987) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the the youngest player ever to play an NBA game. He has won two NBA Championships and has been named an All-Star.
Byrd, Richard E.19Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd (25 October 1888 – 11 March 1957) was a U.S. Naval officer, aviator, and pioneering polar explorer.
Byrd, William5William Byrd (between 1534 and 1543 – 4 July 1623) was an English composer and poet.
Byrne, David7David Byrne (born May 14, 1952, in Dumbarton, Scotland) is a musician, best known as a founding member and the principal songwriter of Talking Heads.
Byrne, Ed9Ed Byrne (born 10 April 1972) is an Irish stand up comedian. He was born in Swords, Dublin. He has presented television shows Uncut! Best Unseen Ads and Just For Laughs, and is a regular guest on various television panel games such as Mock The Week.
Byrne, John58John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a British-born naturalised American author and artist of comic books. Since the mid-1970s Byrne has worked on nearly every major American superhero. His most famous works have been on Marvel Comics’ X-Men and Fantastic Four and the 1986 relaunch of DC Comics’ Superman franchise.
Byrom, John23John Byrom (29 February 1692 – 26 September 1763) was an English poet.
Byron, Lord168George Gordon (Noel) Byron, 6th Baron Byron (January 22 1788 – April 19 1824), generally known as Lord Byron, was an English poet and leading figure in Romanticism. He was the father of the mathematician Ada Lovelace.
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