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D. V. Gundappa27Devanahalli Venkataramanaiah Gundappa (March 17, 1887 – 1975), popularly known by his pen name DVG, was an Indian writer, biographer, journalist, and novelist in the Kannada language with philosophical approach to life. His magnum opus, the Manku Thimmana Kagga, meaning "Dull Thimma's Rigmarole", is a set of philosophical muse, which is a collection of 945 poems, each of four lines in length. It is one of the best known of the major literary works in Kannada. He also started Kannada newspapers such as Bharat and Karnataka and also founded the Gokhale Institute and promoted fine arts. He was the recipient of Padmabhushan by the Government of India. A commemorative postage stamp was also issued by the Indian Postal Department. He was also honoured with the Jnanapeetha Award, the highest literary award of India.
D., H.4Hilda Doolittle (September 10, 1886, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States – September 27, 1961, Zürich, Switzerland), usually known only by her initials H.D., was an American poet, novelist and memoirist.
D.M. Turner5D.M. Turner (5 October 1962 - 31 December 1996) Author and researcher on the effects of psychoactive substances.
D'Alembert, Jean2Jean le Rond d'Alembert (16 November 1717 – 29 October 1783) was a French mathematician, mechanician, physicist and philosopher. He was also co-editor with Denis Diderot of the Encyclopédie.
d'Espagnat, Bernard1Bernard d'Espagnat (born August 22, 1921) is a French theoretical physicist, philosopher of science, and author, best known for his work on the nature of reality.
D'Israeli, Isaac15Isaac D'Israeli (11 May 1766 – 19 January 1848) received much of his education in Leiden and as early as his sixteenth year began his literary career with some verses to Dr. Johnson. He was the father of the British prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli.
D'Oliveira, Basil2Basil D'Oliveira (4 October 1931? – 19 November 2011) was a South African-born English cricketer.
D'Oyly Carte, Richard1Richard D'Oyly Carte (May 3, 1844 – April 3, 1901) was a London theatrical impresario during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Although an amateur composer in his own right, he is best known for producing the comic operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan.
D'umo, Tabitha and Napoleon28Tabitha D'umo (née Cortopassi; born September 11, 1973) and Napoleon D'umo (born October 17, 1968), known together as Nappytabs, are Emmy Award–winning married choreographers who are often credited with developing lyrical hip-hop. They are best known for their choreography on the television show So You Think You Can Dance and for being supervising choreographers on America's Best Dance Crew for the first five seasons. They own Nappytabs urban dancewear and have been working together in the dance industry since 1996.
Da Silva, Luiz Inácio Lula8Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (born October 27, 1945) is a Brazilian former trade union leader and politician, who served as President of Brazil from 1 January 2003 to 1 January 2011.
Da, Adi31Adi Da Samraj (3 November 1939 – 27 November 2008), born Franklin Albert Jones in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, was a contemporary, often controversial guru, spiritual writer, and artist, and the founder of the new religious movement currently known as Adidam.
Dabashi, Hamid6Hamid Dabashi (born 1951) is an Iranian-born American historian, cultural and literary critic and expert on Iran and Shi'a Islam.
Daclon, Corrado Maria2Corrado Maria Daclon (born 1963) is an Italian scientist and journalist.
Dadasaheb Phalke10Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (April 30, 1870 – February 16, 1944) was an Indian producer-director-screenwriter, known as the father of Indian cinema. His deep interests in magic, theatre and painting are amply reflected in his films. His debut film was Raja Harishchandra in 1913,which was India's first full-length feature. He went to make 95 movies and 26 short films during his career spanning 19 years, till 1937. The Government of India has honoured him by instituting The Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1969, for lifetime contribution to cinema, which is one of most prestigious awards in Indian cinema conferred film personalities in the country, and is the highest official recognition. The India Post also issued a commemorative postage stamp in his honour in 1971.
Dadbhai Naoroji21Dadabhai Naoroji (Hindi: दादाभाई नौरोजी) (September 4, 1825 – June 30, 1917), given the sobriquet, the Grand Old Man of India, which was to his liking, belonged to the Parsi community of Bombay (now Mumbai). He was renowned as an intellectual, educationist, a business man in cotton trading, and most prominently as an early Indian political and social leader as the architect of Indian nationalism. He was the first Asian to become a British Member of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom's House of Commons from 1892 to1895. He founded the Indian National Congress in association with A.O. Hume and Dinshaw Edulji Wacha.
Dadullah, Mullah3Mullah Dadullah (born 1966?-13 May 2007) was the highest ranking military and spiritual leader of the Taliban after Mullah Mohammed Omar.
Dafydd ap Gwilym16Dafydd ap Gwilym was a mid-14th century Welsh lyric poet whose works usually deal either with nature, with love, or with his own comic misadventures. Studies of his country's literature regularly describe him as the greatest Welsh-language poet.
Dagerman, Stig26Stig Dagerman (5 October 1923 – 4 November 1954) was a Swedish author and journalist.
Dahinden, Justus6Justus Dahinden (born May 18, 1925) is a Swiss architect.
Dahl, Roald14Roald Dahl (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist and short story author of Norwegian descent, famous as a writer for both children and adults. His writing career began in 1942 when he compiled his experiences in World War II and had them published in the Post. In 2008 The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children's books for their unsentimental, often very dark humour. Two of his most famous works are James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Dahmer, Jeffrey9Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (21 May 1960 – 28 November 1994) was a notorious American serial killer, necrophiliac and cannibal, who murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.
Dalberg-Acton, John41John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, 1st Baron Acton (10 January 1834 – 19 June 1902) was an English historian, commonly known simply as Lord Acton.
Daley, Richard J.7Richard J. Daley (May 15, 1902 – December 20, 1976) was mayor of Chicago, Illinois from 1955 to 1976; 21 years as the undisputed Democratic boss of Chicago and is considered by historians to be the "last of the big city bosses." He played a major role in the history of the Democratic Party, especially with his support of John F. Kennedy in 1960 and of Hubert Humphrey in 1968.
Dalgarno, Alexander1Alexander Dalgarno (born January 5, 1928 – 9 April 2015) is a British physicist, currently being the Phillips Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University. He is known as the "father of molecular astrophysics".
Dalglish, Kenny6Kenny Dalglish (born March 4, 1951, Dalmarnock, Glasgow, Scotland) is a former Scottish football player and manager. He is most famous for his time with Celtic FC and Liverpool FC.
Dalí, Salvador60Salvador Felip Jacint Dalí (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989) was a Spanish surrealist artist.
Dalitz, Richard5Richard Dalitz (28 February 1925 – 13 January 2006) was an Australian physicist known for his work in particle physics.
Dallaire, Romeo5Lieutenant-General Roméo Alain Dallaire (born June 25, 1946) is a Canadian senator, humanitarian, author and retired general. Dallaire is widely known for having served as Force Commander of UNAMIR, the ill-fated United Nations peacekeeping force for Rwanda between 1993 and 1994, and for trying to stop a war of genocide that was being waged by Hutu extremists against Tutsis and Hutu moderates.
Dalrymple, William14William Dalrymple (historian) (born March 20, 1965) is a British historian, and writer, art historian and curator, as well as a prominent broadcaster and critic. His interests include the history and art of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Middle East, the Muslim world, Hinduism, Buddhism, the Jains and early Eastern Christianity.
Dalton, John8John Dalton (6 September 1766 – 27 July 1844) was an English chemist, meteorologist and physicist. He is best known for his pioneering work in the development of modern atomic theory, and his research into colour blindness (sometimes referred to as Daltonism, in his honour).
Dalton, Timothy8Timothy Peter Dalton (born March 21, 1946) is a Welsh-born British actor of stage and screen, famous for being chosen as the fourth official James Bond.
Daluege, Kurt1Kurt Daluege (September 15, 1897 – October 24, 1946) was an SS-Oberstgruppenführer and Generaloberst der Polizei, officer of the Central Reich Security Office (RSHA) and the governor of the Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia. In May 1945, Daluege was arrested by U.S. troops in Lübeck and interned at Nuremberg until September 1946 when he was extradited to Czechoslovakia. Kurt Daluege was hanged at Pankrác prison in Prague on October 24, 1946 after having been found guilty by a Czech court of war crimes in the Czechoslovakian states. He was buried in an anonymous pit at Prague's Ďáblice cemetery.
Daly, Daniel6Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph "Dan" Daly (November 11 1873 – April 27 1937) was a United States Marine and one of only 19 men (and two Marines) to receive the Medal of Honor twice for two separate acts of heroism. (The other such Marine was Major General Smedley Butler). According to Dr. Raymond J. Tassin author of Double Winners of The Medal of Honor ppg. 156 "For his actions of 5-7 and 10 June Daly was recommended for a third Medal of Honor. But higher military authority didn't think anyone should have three, so he received the second highest decoration, The Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Cross, and, from the French, the Medaille Mailitaire. General Pershing also offered him a battlefield commission, but he rejected it."
Daly, Herman E.16Herman Edward Daly (born 1938) is an American ecological economist and professor at the School of Public Policy of University of Maryland, College Park.
Daly, Mary6Mary Daly (October 16, 1928 – January 3, 2010) was an American radical feminist philosopher, academic, and theologian.
Dalyell, Tam3Sir Thomas Dalyell of the Binns, 11th Baronet (born 9 August 1932), known as Tam Dalyell, was a Scottish MP, 1962–2005, and Father of the House, 2001–2005.
Damasio, Antonio3António Damásio (born 25 February 1944) is a Portuguese-born neuroscientist at the University of Southern California and the Salk Institute. He has written several best-selling books which popularize his scientific work.
Damian, Peter6Saint Peter Damian, O.S.B. (Petrus Damiani, also Pietro Damiani or Pier Damiani; c. 1007 – February 21/22, 1072) was a reforming monk in the circle of Pope Gregory VII and a cardinal. In 1823, he was declared a Doctor of the Church. Dante placed him in one of the highest circles of Paradiso as a great predecessor of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Damon, Johnny2Johnny David Damon (born 5 November 1973) is a Major League Baseball outfielder who became famous as a member of the Boston Red Sox, later playing for the New York Yankees, and currently a designated hitter for the Tampa Bay Rays
Damon, Matt3Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American film actor and screenwriter.
Dan Bern5Dan Bern (born 1965-10-27) is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and painter. He sometimes performs under the name Bernstein.
Dan Marsala1Dan Dean Marsala, Jr. (born November 3, 1980) is the lead singer and one of the founding members of the post hardcore/emo band Story of the Year.
Dana White8Dana White (born 1971) is the current President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a mixed martial arts organization based in the United States.
Dana, James Dwight1James Dwight Dana (February 12, 1813 – April 14, 1895) was an American geologist, mineralogist and zoologist. He made important studies of mountain-building, volcanic activity, and the origin and structure of continents and oceans.
Dana, John Cotton1John Cotton Dana (August 19, 1856 – July 21, 1929) was an American librarian and museum director.
Dana, Richard Henry13Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (August 1, 1815 – January 6, 1882) was an American lawyer and politician best known for his classic book Two Years Before the Mast.
Dane Clark5Dane Clark (February 26, 1912 – September 11, 1998) was an American film, TV, and stage actor.
Danes, Claire5Claire Catherine Danes (born 12 April 1979) is an American film, television, and theater actress.
Danforth, John20John Danforth (born 5 September 1936) is a former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former Republican United States Senator from Missouri. He is an ordained Episcopal priest.
Dangerfield, Rodney21Rodney Dangerfield (November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004), born Jacob Cohen, was an American comedian and actor.
Dangote, Aliko6Aliko Dangote (Born 10 April 1957 in Kano, Nigeria) is a Muslim Nigerian industrialist, business magnate and owner of Dangote Group. He is listed by Forbes as the Richest Man in Africa plus 23rd Richest Person on Earth and also became the World's Richest Black Man in 2013.
Daniel Drake3Daniel Drake (October 20, 1785 – November 5, 1852) was an American physician and writer.
Daniel, Glyn1Glyn Edmund Daniel (23 April 1914 – 13 December 1986) was a Welsh scientist and archaeologist who taught at Cambridge University, where he specialised in the European Neolithic period.
Daniel, Samuel10Samuel Daniel (1562 – October 14, 1619) was an English poet and historian.
Daniels, Anthony75Anthony Daniels (born 1949) is an English writer and retired physician (prison doctor and psychiatrist) who frequently uses the pen name Theodore Dalrymple.
Dankworth, John6Sir John Phillip William Dankworth, CBE (20 September 1927 – 6 February 2010) was an English jazz composer, saxophonist and clarinetist.
Danny Elfman3Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter who led the rock band Oingo Boingo from 1978 until its breakup in 1995, and has since gone on to become one of the most sought-after film score composers working in Hollywood today. He has written the scores for numerous films (including Wanted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, The Nightmare Before Christmas) as well as composing themes to several TV shows, including The Simpsons, Desperate Housewives, and Tales From The Crypt.
Danny Morrison1Daniel Gerard Morrison (born 1953) is an Irish republican who was Director of Press and Publicity for Sinn Féin during the early 1980s.
Danny Williams (boxer)1Danny Williams (born July 13, 1973, London, England) is a British professional heavyweight boxer, and former Commonwealth champion.
Danny!11Danny! (born Daniel Keith Swain on August 18, 1983), also known as D. Swain, is an American hip-hop performer and record producer.
Danton, Georges3Georges Jacques Danton (October 26 1759 – April 5 1794) was a leading figure in the early stages of the French Revolution and the first President of the Committee of Public Safety. A moderating influence on the Jacobins, he was guillotined by the advocates of revolutionary terror after accusations of venality and leniency to the enemies of the Revolution.
Dantzig, George9George B. Dantzig (1914–2005) was an American mathematician, who introduced the simplex algorithm and is considered the "father of linear programming".
Darby Conley34Darby Conley (born 1970) Author of the comic-strip Get Fuzzy.
Dare, Joseph6Joseph Dare (1831–1880) was an Australian Wesleyan Church leader.
Darius I of Persia1Darius I (or Darius the Great; c. 549 BC – 486 BC) was the son of Hystaspes and king of Persia from 522 BC to 486 BC.
Darley, George6George Darley (1795–1846) was an Irish poet, novelist, and critic.
Darré, Richard Walther4Richard Walther Darré (July 14 1895 – September 5 1953), born Ricardo Walther Oscar Darré, also known as Richard Walter Darré, SS-Obergruppenführer, was one of the Nazi leading "blood and soil" ideologists. He served as Reich Minister of Food and Agriculture from 1933 to 1942. He played a leading part in setting up the SS Race and Resettlement Office (where he later received the nickname "Crazyknight"), a fiercely racist, anti-Semitic organization. Darré was arrested in 1945 and tried at the subsequent Nuremberg Trials. He was acquitted on many of the more serious charges against him, specifically those relating to genocide; but was nevertheless sentenced to seven years in prison. He was released in 1950 and died in Munich on September 5, 1953 of cancer of the liver, induced by alcoholism.
Darrow, Clarence62Clarence Darrow (April 18, 1857 – March 13, 1938) was an American lawyer, best known for having defended teenaged thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14 year old Bobby Franks (1924) and defending John T. Scopes in the so-called "Monkey" Trial (1925), opposing William Jennings Bryan.
Darwin, Charles155Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist who outlined the theory of evolution and proposed that evolution could be explained in part through natural and sexual selection. Prompted by awareness that Alfred Russel Wallace was developing similar theories he published his own sooner than he had originally intended. This theory is now an integral component of biological science.
Darwin, Erasmus7Erasmus Darwin (12 December 1731 – 18 April 1802) was an English physician, natural philosopher, physiologist, inventor and poet. He was one of the founder members of the Lunar Society, a discussion group of pioneering industrialists and natural philosophers. He was a member of the Darwin — Wedgwood family, which most famously includes his grandson, Charles Darwin.
Darwish, Nonie2Nonie Darwish (Arabic: نوني درويش) (born 1948) is an Egyptian-born American writer and public speaker.
Das, Chittaranjan13Chittaranjan Das (5 November 1870 – 16 June 1925) was an Indian lawyer and politician.
Dasa, Purandara7Purandara Dāsa (Kannada: ಪುರಂದರ ದಾಸ1 (1484–1564) (also spelt "Purandaradasa") was is one of the most prominent composers of Carnatic music.
Dasgupta, Partha2Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta (born 17 November 1942) is an British ecological economist, and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Dasgupta, Swapan6Swapan Dasgupta (born 3 October 1955) is a senior Indian journalist.
Dass, Ram25Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert on April 6, 1931) is an American spiritual teacher and author.
Daudet, Alphonse15Alphonse Daudet (May 13 1840 – December 16 1897) was a French novelist, short-story writer and dramatist.
Daumel, René12René Daumal (March 16, 1908 – May 21, 1944) was a French writer, philosopher and poet.
Dauten, Dale1Dale Alan Dauten (born September 30, 1950) is an American business management columnist, author, professional speaker, management coach and mediator.
Dave Sim21David Victor Sim (born May 17, 1956, in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian comic book writer and artist, best known as the creator of the 6,000 page graphic novel Cerebus the Aardvark.
Davenant, William3Sir William Davenant (February 28, 1606 – April 7, 1668), also spelled D'Avenant, was an English poet and playwright. Along with Thomas Killigrew, Davenant was one of the rare figures in English Renaissance theatre whose career spanned both the Caroline and Restoration eras, and who was active both before and after the English Civil War and the Interregnum.
Davenport, Abraham10Abraham Davenport (1715 – 20 November 1789) was an American politician who served in the Connecticut legislature during the American Revolution, and as a Colonel, in the Connecticut State Militia. He is famous for his response to New England's Dark Day, which many feared was a sign that the Last Judgment was approaching.
David2King David (?-961 BCE) was a prophet who ruled Israel and Judah for 39 years.
David Cross22David Cross (born April 4, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian and actor.
David Edgar1David Edgar (born May 19, 1987) is a Canadian soccer player who plays as a defender for the Canadian national team, and for the English club Newcastle United.
David Jenkins (bishop)1David Edward Jenkins (born 26 January 1925) is a Church of England cleric and theologian. He is a former Bishop of Durham, a position he held from 1984 until 1994. Since retirement, he has continued to serve as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds
David Lane (white nationalist)9David Eden Lane (November 2, 1938 – May 28, 2007) was an American white nationalist leader and author. He was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Nations before creating his own group called The Order.
David Zindell32David Zindell (born November 28, 1952) is an American science fiction and fantasy author with a degree in mathematics. His first published story was "The Dreamer's Sleep" in Fantasy Book in 1984 and he won the Writers of the Future contest the following year. He was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1986.
David, Craig7Craig David (born 5 May 1981) is a British R&B singer.
Dávid, Ferenc4Ferenc Dávid (1510 – 15 November 1579), also known as Francis David and Frances David, was the founder of the Unitarian Church in Transylvania, and highly influential in encouraging King John II Sigismund Zápolya of Hungary to issue the Edict of Torda (1568), also known as the Patent of Toleration.
David, Hal18Hal David (May 25, 1921 – September 1, 2012) was an American lyricist and songwriter. Many of his songs have music by Burt Bacharach.
David, Larry12Larry David (born July 2, 1947) is an American actor, writer, producer, and film director from Brooklyn, New York.
Davidson, Avram28Avram Davidson (April 23, 1923 – May 8, 1993) was an American writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction.
Davidson, Donald8Donald Herbert Davidson (March 6, 1917 – August 30, 2003) was an American philosopher, whose work exerted considerable influence in many areas of philosophy from the 1960s onward, particularly in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and action theory.
Davidson, John9John Davidson (April 11, 1857 – March 23, 1909) was a Scottish journalist, playwright, fiction-writer and translator, but is best remembered as a poet.
Davies, Billy6William McIntosh "Billy" Davies (born 31 May 1964) is a Scottish football manager, former professional player and the former manager of Motherwell, Preston, Derby and Nottingham Forest.
Davies, John9Sir John Davies (April 16, 1569 – December 8, 1626) was an English poet and lawyer, who became attorney general in Ireland and formulated many of the legal principles that underpinned the British Empire.
Davies, John Paton Jr.6John P. Davies (6 April 1908 – 23 December 1999) was an American diplomat and Medal of Freedom recipient. He was one of the China Hands whose careers in the Foreign Service were destroyed by McCarthyism.
Davies, Robertson258Robertson Davies CC (August 28 1913 – December 2 1995) was a Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist and professor.
Davies, Russell T5Russell T Davies, OBE (born Stephen Russell Davies on 27 April 1963) is a Welsh television producer and writer whose works include Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, The Second Coming, Casanova, and the 2005 revival of the classic British science fiction series Doctor Who.
Davies, William Henry13William Henry Davies (3 July 1871 – 26 September 1940) was a Welsh poet and writer. He spent many years as a tramp in the United States and United Kingdom but became known as one of the most popular poets of his time. He was admired by George Bernard Shaw, who wrote the preface of his autobiography, The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (1908).
Dávila, Nicolás Gómez14Nicolás Gómez Dávila (18 May 1913 – 17 May 1994) was a Colombian writer and thinker who is considered one of the most intransigent political theoreticians of the twentieth century. His fame began to spread only in the last few years before his death, particularly by way of German translations of his works. Gómez Dávila was one of the most radical critics of modernity whose work consists almost entirely of aphorisms which he called "escolios" (or "glosses").
Davinio, Caterina23Caterina Davinio (born November 25, 1957, Foggia) is an Italian poet, novelist and new media artist. Author of digital art,, video art. She was the creator of Italian Net-poetry in 1998.
Davis, Angela4Angela Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American Communist organizer and professor who was associated with the Black Panther Party (BPP) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
Davis, Ann B.2Ann B. Davis (5 May 1926 – 1 June 2014) was an American actress.
Davis, Bette13Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress of film, television and theatre. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres; from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, though her greatest successes were romantic dramas. In 1999, Davis was placed second, behind Katharine Hepburn, on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of all time.
Davis, Elizabeth Gould13Elizabeth Gould Davis (1910–1974) was an American librarian who wrote a feminist book, The First Sex.
Davis, Jefferson33Jefferson Davis (3 June 1808 – 6 December 1889) was the first and only President of the Confederate States of America. A Democrat, he and his vice president, Alexander H. Stephens, led the Confederacy in their fight against the United States in the American Civil War.
Davis, Lindsey7Lindsey Davis (born 1949) is an English historical novelist, best known as the author of the Falco series of historical crime stories set in ancient Rome and its empire.
Davis, Maurice10Maurice Davis (15 December 1921 – 16 December 1993) was an American Rabbi and human rights activist. He was a past director of the American Family Foundation, now known as the International Cultic Studies Association. Davis was the rabbi of the Jewish Community Center of White Plains, New York. Davis was a regular contributor to The Jewish Post and Opinion, where he had a column. Davis served on the President's Commission on Equal Opportunity, in the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration.
Davis, Miles16Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician.
Davis, Stuart2Stuart Davis (December 7, 1892 – June 24, 1964), was an early American modernist painter. He was well known for his jazz-influenced, proto pop art paintings of the 1940s and 1950s, bold, brash, and colorful, as well as his ashcan pictures in the early years of the 20th century.
Davis, Thomas Osborne2Thomas Osborne Davis (October 14, 1814 – September 16, 1845) was an Irish writer and politician who was the chief organizer and poet of the Young Ireland movement.
Davis, William C. (historian)5William Charles Davis (born 1946) is an American historian from the U.S. state of Virginia, specializing in studies of the American Civil War.
Davisson, Clinton1Clinton Joseph Davisson (October 22, 1881 – February 1, 1958) was an American physicist who won the 1937 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of electron diffraction.
Dawkins, Richard226Richard Dawkins (born 26 March 1941) is a British evolutionary biologist, author, and media commentator, famous for his popular science books on evolution and his views on religion, atheism, and memetics, or "cultural evolution".
Day-Lewis, Daniel5Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English actor with dual British and Irish citizenship. Day-Lewis studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has won three Academy Awards for Best Actor for portraying Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood , Christy Brown in My Left Foot and Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln. He is one of a very few actors who has received three Oscar Awards and the only actor who has ever received three Academy Awards for Best Actor in the history. His father was Cecil Day Lewis and his grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon.
Day, Clarence5Clarence Shepherd Day, Jr. (18 November 1874 – 28 December 1935) was an American author and humorist. Day's most famous work is the autobiographical Life with Father (1935), which detailed humorous episodes in his family's life, centering on his dominating father, during the 1890s in New York City.
Day, Doris3Doris Day (born April 3, 1924) is an American singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate.
Day, Dorothy34Dorothy Day (8 November 1897 – 29 November 1980) was an American journalist turned social activist. A pacifist, anarchist and a devout member of the Catholic Church, she advocated distributism and was a co-founder, with Peter Maurin, of the Catholic Worker movement. She authored several books and spoke often in public about faith and social justice.
Day, Laraine11Laraine Day (October 13, 1920 – November 10, 2007) was an American actress of stage, TV, radio, and film.
Dayan, Moshe20Moshe Dayan (20 May 1915 – 16 October 1981) was an Israeli military leader and politician.
Dayananda Saraswati4Dayanand Saraswati (12 February 1824 – 30 October 1883) was a 19th century philosopher. Remains highly applauded for his religious movement and influence.
De Angelis, Barbara3Barbara De Angelis (born 1951) is a psychologist and best-selling author, television personality, and relationship and personal development expert.
De Bono, Edward20Edward de Bono (born May 19, 1933, in Malta) is a British physician, author, inventor, and consultant. He is most famous as the originator of the term lateral thinking (structured creativity) and a leading proponent of the deliberate teaching of thinking in schools.
De Bono, Emilio5Emilio De Bono (March 19, 1866 – January 11, 1944) was an Italian general who fought in World War I and fascist activist who helped organize the Italian Fascist Party. De Bono opposed the Italian entrance in World War II. In 1942, he was appointed Minister of State. In 1943, he participated in the Fascist Grand Council of which toppled Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. When Mussolini returned to power at the head of the Italian Social Republic, he had De Bono arrested and tried for treason. De Bono was executed by firing squad at Verona, together with Galeazzo Ciano, Gottardi, Marinelli and Pareschi on January 11, 1944.
De Broglie, Louis5Louis de Broglie (15 August 1892 – 19 March 1987) was a French physicist became a Nobel laureate in 1929 for his theory on wave–particle duality.
de Chazal, Malcolm13Malcolm de Chazal (12 September 1902 – 1 October 1981) was a Mauritian writer, painter, and visionary, known especially for his Sens-Plastique, a work consisting of several thousand aphorisms and pensées.
De Cleyre, Voltairine59Voltairine de Cleyre (17 November 1866 – 20 June 1912) was an American anarchist and feminist writer and orator, who opposed statist policies, marriage, and the domination of religion in human sexual roles and women's opportunities. A proponent of libertarian socialism and the free thought movement, she was initially drawn to individualist anarchism but evolved into accepting mutualism and stateless communism, while formally labelling herself only an anarchist and shunning doctrinal fractiousness, believing that any system was acceptable as long as it did not involve coercive force.
de Coubertin, Pierre 5Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (1 January 1863 – 2 September 1937) was a French educationalist and historian, founder of the International Olympic Committee, and is considered the father of the modern Olympic Games. Born into a French aristocratic family, he became an academic and studied a broad range of topics, most notably education and history.
de Cuéllar, Javier Pérez 2Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (born January 19, 1920) is a Peruvian diplomat who served as the fifth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1, 1982 to December 31, 1991. In 1995, he ran unsuccessfully against Alberto Fujimori for President of Peru. He was President of the Council of Ministers, as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs from November 2000 until July 2001, during the turbulent period following Fujimori's resignation over corruption charges. In September 2004, he stepped down from his position as Peru's Ambassador to France, where he formerly resided. With the death of Kurt Waldheim in June 2007, he became the oldest former Secretary General of the United Nations. He is also a member of the Club de Madrid, a group of more than 80 former Presidents and Prime Ministers of democratic countries, which works to strengthen democracy worldwide.
de Donder, Théophile1Théophile Ernest de Donder (August 19, 1872 – May 11, 1957) was a Belgian mathematician and physicist famous for his 1923 work in developing correlations between the Newtonian concept of chemical affinity and the Gibbsian concept of free energy.
De Duve, Christian1Christian de Duve (born 2 October 1917 – 4 May 2013) is a Belgian cytologist and biochemist. In 1960, De Duve was awarded the Francqui Prize for Biological and Medical Sciences. He was awarded the shared Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1974. His later years have been mostly devoted to origin of life studies.
De Forest, Lee5Lee De Forest (August 26, 1873 – June 30, 1961) was an American inventor. One of the fathers of the electronic age, he is credited with fundamental contributions to radio and to sound in motion pictures.
de Gennes, Pierre-Gilles4Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (October 24, 1932 – May 18, 2007) was a French physicist and the Nobel Prize laureate in Physics in 1991.
De Graaf, Gerard1Gerard de Graaf (born 1962) is Head of Unit for the coordination of the Europe 2020 Strategy in the European Commission's Secretariat-General.
De Grazia, Sebastian1Sebastian de Grazia (1917–2001) was an American author and political scientist from Chicago, Illinois.
de Kalb, Johann10Johann von Robais, Baron de Kalb (19 June 1721 – 19 August 1780), born Johann Kalb, was a Bavarian-born French military officer who served as a major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and was killed in action by the British during the Battle of Camden.
de Klerk, F. W.1Frederik Willem de Klerk (born 18 March 1936) is a South African politician who served as the country's State President from September 1989 to May 1994.
De Kooning, Willem35Willem de Kooning (24 April 1904 – 19 March 1997) was an abstract expressionist painter, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Together with Jackson Pollock he became leader of the American Abstract expressionism. In the beginning he was strongly influenced by Picasso and Cubism, later by Chaim Soutine. He was closely befriended with Arshile Gorky, and later with Franz Kline.
de la Mare, Walter33Walter John de la Mare, OM, CH (April 25, 1873 – June 22, 1956) was an English poet, short story writer, and novelist. Many of his poems and stories were for children, though he believed that there is no such thing as a good poem for children, only a good poem that children can understand.
De La Rocha, Zack8Zacarías Manuel de la Rocha (born January 12, 1970, in Long Beach, California) is an American rapper, musician, poet, and activist of Mexican, German, and Irish descent. He is best known as the vocalist and lyricist of Rage Against the Machine and is currently the frontman of the music duo One Day as a Lion.
De Leon, Daniel2Daniel De Leon (December 14, 1852 – May 11, 1914) was a Curaçao-born American socialist and Syndicalism-influenced trade unionist of Spanish Jewish origin. He would later become the most influential leader of America's first socialist political party, the Socialist Labor Party (SLP).
De Lint, Charles51Charles de Lint (born 22 December 1951) is a Canadian fantasy author and Celtic folk musician.
de Lubac, Henri1Henri de Lubac (20 February 1896 – 4 September 1991) was a French Jesuit priest who became a Cardinal of the Catholic Church, and is considered to be one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century.
De Mello, Anthony112Anthony de Mello (4 September 1931 – 2 June 1987) was a Jesuit priest, psychotherapist and writer who became widely known for his books on spirituality.
De Morgan, Augustus3Augustus De Morgan (June 27 1806 – March 18 1871) was an Indian-born British mathematician and logician; he was the first professor of mathematics at University College London. He formulated De Morgan's laws and was the first to introduce the term, and make rigorous the idea of mathematical induction. De Morgan crater on the Moon is named after him.
de Musset, Alfred4Alfred Louis Charles de Musset (11 December 1810 – 2 May 1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist.
De Niro, Robert8Robert De Niro, Jr. (born August 17, 1943) is a two-time Academy Award-winning, iconic American film actor, director, producer, and founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.
De Noronha, Peter16Peter de Noronha (1897–1970) was a prominent citizen of Kanpur, India. He was knighted by Pope Paul VI in 1965.
De Quincey, Thomas13Thomas de Quincey (August 15, 1785 – December 8, 1859) was an English author and intellectual.
De Raadt, Theo18Theo de Raadt (May 19 1968) is a Canadian computer security expert, programmer, a founder of NetBSD and the founder of OpenBSD.
de Souza, Bruno1Eduardo José Bruno de Souza (7 October 1836 – 5 December 1905) was an Indian Konkani language writer and novelist from Goa.
De Vries, Hugo2Hugo De Vries (February 21, 1848 – May 21, 1935) was a Dutch botanist and one of the first geneticists. He is known chiefly for suggesting the concept of genes, rediscovering the laws of heredity in the 1890s while unaware of Gregor Mendel's work, for introducing the term "mutation", and for developing a saltationist theory.
Dean Martin1Dean Martin (June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assuredness. He and Jerry Lewis were partners in the immensely popular comedy team "Martin and Lewis". He was a member of the "Rat Pack" and a star in concert stage/nightclubs, recordings, motion pictures, and television. He was the host of the television variety program The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974) and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1974–1985).
Dean, Howard47Howard Brush Dean III (born November 17, 1948) is an American Democratic politician and physician from the U.S. state of Vermont.
Dean, John3John W. Dean III (born 1938) was White House counsel to Richard Nixon from 1970 to 1972.
Debord, Guy15Guy-Ernest Debord (December 28, 1931 – November 30, 1994) was a French strategist and founding member of the groups Letterist International and Situationist International (SI). He was also briefly a member of Socialisme ou Barbarie.
Debreu, Gérard3Gérard Debreu (July 4, 1921 – December 31, 2004) was a French economist and mathematician, who also came to have United States citizenship. Best known as a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he began work in 1962, he won the 1983 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.
Debs, Eugene V.65Eugene Victor Debs (5 November 1855 – 20 October 1926) was an American labor and political leader and five-time Socialist Party candidate for President of the United States.
Debussy, Claude37Achille-Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was a French composer, prominent in the style commonly referred to as Impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term.
Debye, Peter1Peter Joseph William Debye (March 24, 1884 – November 2, 1966) was a Dutch physicist and physical chemist, and Nobel laureate.
Decatur, Stephen2Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr. (5 January 1779 – 22 March 1820) was an American naval officer, notable for his heroism in actions at Tripoli, Libya in the Barbary Wars and in the War of 1812.
DeCrow, Karen1Karen DeCrow (December 18, 1937 – June 6, 2014) was an American feminist attorney, author, and activist, who served as president of the National Organization for Women from 1974 to 1977.
Dee, John9John Dee (13 July 1527 – 1608 or 1609) was a British mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, geographer, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to alchemy, divination, and Hermetic philosophy.
Deech, Ruth4Ruth Deech (born 29 April 1943) is a barrister, academic, bioethicist and former Governor of the BBC. She chaired the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from its establishment in 1994 until 2002.
Deeley, Cat2Catherine Elizabeth "Cat" Deeley (born 23 October 1976) is a British television presenter, actress, singer, and model.
DeFazio, Peter1Peter Anthony DeFazio (born May 27, 1947) is an American politician. He serves as a Democratic U.S. Representative from Oregon, representing the 4th Congressional District and is currently serving his 11th term. DeFazio is Oregon's most senior member of Congress, which makes him the dean of Oregon's House of Representatives delegation. A native of Massachusetts and a veteran of the United States Air Force, he previously served as a county commissioner for Lane County, Oregon.
Defoe, Daniel25Daniel Defoe (c. 1660 – 24 April, 1731) was an English writer, journalist and spy, who gained enduring fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe.
Deford, Frank3Frank Deford (born December 16, 1938) is an American writer for Sports Illustrated, author and commentator.
DeFrancis, John1John DeFrancis (August 31, 1911 – January 2, 2009) was an American linguist, sinologist, author of Chinese language textbooks, lexicographer of Chinese dictionaries, and Professor Emeritus of Chinese Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Degas, Edgar54Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917), known as Edgar Degas, was a French painter, printmaker and sculptor.
DeGeneres, Ellen28Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American stand-up comedienne, television hostess and actress.
Dehghani, Ashraf4Ashraf Dehghani (born 1948) is a well-known Iranian female revolutionary and member of the Iranian People's Fadaee Guerrillas.
Dehmelt, Hans Georg1Hans Georg Dehmelt (born September 9, 1922, in Görlitz, Germany) is a German-born American physicist, who co-developed the ion trap technique with Wolfgang Paul, for which they both received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1989.
Deighton, Len6Leonard Cyril Deighton (born 18 February 1929) is an English novelist, historian and cookery writer. He is probably best known for his spy thrillers, several of which have been filmed.
Dekker, Thomas19Thomas Dekker (c. 1572 – August 25 1632) was an Elizabethan dramatist and pamphleteer, a versatile and prolific writer whose career spanned several decades and brought him into contact with many of the period's most famous dramatists.
Del Piero, Alessandro19Alessandro Del Piero (born November 9, 1974) is an Italian football player. He has won various honours over the course of his career with Juventus as well as winning the World Cup with Italy.
Del Rey, Lana5Lana Del Rey (Elizabeth Grant) (born June 21, 1986) is an American singer-songwriter.
Del Toro, Guillermo10Guillermo del Toro (born October 9, 1964) is a Mexican film director.
Delacroix, Eugène44Eugène Delacroix (April 26 1798 – August 13 1863) was a French painter, one of the leading Romanticists of the nineteenth century.
DeLange, Eddie1Eddie DeLange (15 January 1904 – 15 July 1949) was an American bandleader and lyricist.
Delany, Samuel R.60Samuel R. Delany (born 1 April 1942) is an award-winning science fiction author. He has written works that have garnered substantial critical acclaim, including the novels Nova, The Einstein Intersection, Hogg, and Dhalgren. He is a professor of Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at Temple University, and is also known in the academic world as a literary critic.
DeLaria, Lea8Lea DeLaria (born 1958-05-23) is an American comedian and jazz musician.
Delaunay, Robert4Robert Delaunay (1885 – 1941) was a French artist. He was one of the Orphist school of painters, who combined Cubism and abstraction.
DeLay, Tom24Tom DeLay (born 1947) was a Republican politician from Texas who served as United States Congressman (1978–2006), Majority Whip (1994–2002), and House Majority Leader (2002–2005).
Delbrück, Max4Max Ludwig Henning Delbrück (September 4, 1906 – March 9, 1981) was a German-American biophysicist and Nobel laureate.
Delcev, Gotse2Georgi Nikolov Delchev (Bulgarian and Macedonian: Георги Николов Делчев) (23 January 1872 – 4 May 1903), known as Gotse Delchev or Goce Delčev, was a significant revolutionary in Macedonia and Thrace.
Deleuze, Gilles11Gilles Deleuze (18 January 1925 – 4 November 1995) was a French philosopher.
Delille, Jacques4Jacques Delille (June 22, 1738 – May 1, 1813) was a French poet and translator.
DeLillo, Don27Don DeLillo (born November 20, 1936) is an award-winning American author, playwright, and essayist, best known for his novels, which paint detailed portraits of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Dell, Floyd1Floyd Dell (June 28, 1887 – July 23, 1969) was an American author, feminist, journalist, and socialist. He wrote extensively on controversial social issues of the early 20th century. He played a major part in the political and social movements originating in Greenwich Village, New York City during the 1910s & 1920s. His work is cited in numerous books, essays, and scholarly articles.
Della Femina, Jerry2Jerry Della Femina (born 1936 in Brooklyn) is an American advertising executive and restaurateur.
Dellinger, John Howard1John Howard Dellinger (July 3, 1886 – December 28, 1962) was a noted American telecommunication engineer who discovered how solar flares caused fadeouts of short-wave radios (the Dellinger effect).
DeLonge, Tom4Tom Delonge (born December 13, 1975) is the former guitarist and vocalist of and Box Car Racer. He is currently a member of Angels and Airwaves and the re-united blink-182 as of 8th of February 2009.
Delors, Jacques5Jacques Lucien Jean Delors (born 20 July 1925, in Paris, France) is a French economist and politician, the first person to serve two terms as President of the European Commission, which he did from 1985 to 1995.
DeMarco, Tom9Tom DeMarco (born 20 August 1940) is a well-known author, teacher, and speaker on software engineering topics. He was the 1986 recipient of the Warnier Prize for "lifetime contribution to the field of computing," and the 1999 recipient of the Stevens Award for "contribution to the methods of software development".
DeMatteis, J. M.10John Marc DeMatteis (born 15 December 1953) is an American writer of comic books.
deMause, Lloyd22Lloyd deMause (born September 19, 1931) is an American psychologist known for his work in the field of psychohistory. He is the founder of The Journal of Psychohistory.
Dembski, William A.28William Albert "Bill" Dembski (born July 18, 1960) is an American mathematician, philosopher and theologian known for advocating the idea of intelligent design in opposition to the theory of evolution through natural selection.
Deming, W. Edwards26William Edwards Deming (October 14, 1900 – December 20, 1993) was an American statistician, college professor, author, lecturer, and consultant, known for his work in the field of Quality management.
Demirchyan, Karen5Karen Demirchyan (April 17, 1932 – October 27, 1999) was an Armenian (and Soviet Union) communist and later independent politician, Armenian Communist Party first secretary from 1974 to 1988. Soon after his reemergence into active politics in independent Armenia in the late 1990s, he became speaker of the Armenian parliament in 1999. Demirchyan was elected first secretary of the Armenian Communist Party in November 1974, effectively the boss of Soviet Armenia. Two years later he also became chairman of the Armenian Supreme Soviet. He later formed the People's Party, teaming up with defence minister Vazgen Sargsyan to form the Miasnutyun (Unity) alliance to contest the May 1999 parliamentary elections. Demirchyan was overwhelmingly elected speaker in June 1999, four months before he, Sargsyan and other senior politicians were assassinated.
Democritus27Democritus (c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher. He is popularly known as "the laughing philosopher" for advocating a cheerful outlook, and for his rhetorical use of irony and ridicule. A pupil of Leucippus, he was an influential pre-Socratic philosopher who formulated an atomic theory of the universe. Of his voluminous writings, only a few fragments of his ethical theory remain, with descriptions by other writers of his atomic theory.
Demosthenes10Demosthenes (Δημοσθένης) (384 BC – 322 BC) was a prominent Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens, generally considered the greatest of the Greek orators.
Dempsey, Jack6William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983) was an American boxer who held the world heavyweight title between 1919 and 1926. Known as "The Manassa Mauler," Dempsey was a tremendous puncher famous for his exciting fights, many of which set financial and attendance records.
Demuth, Charles1Charles Demuth (1883-11-09 – 1935-10-23) was a gay American Precisionist painter. He was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and studied at Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Den Uyl, Douglas1Douglas J. Den Uyl (born 1950) is Vice President of Educational Programs at Liberty Fund.
Denaro, Matteo Messina1Matteo Messina Denaro (born April 26, 1962, in Castelvetrano), also known as "Diabolik," is a Sicilian mafioso. He got his nickname from the Italian comic book character of the same name.
Denevi, Marco4Marco Denevi (May 12, 1922 in Sáenz Peña, Buenos Aires – December 12, 1998) was an Argentine award-winning author of novels and short stories, as well as a lawyer and journalist.
Deng Xiaoping8Deng Xiaoping ( Pronounced approximately "duhng shau-ping"; August 22, 1904 – February 19, 1997) was a prominent Chinese politician and reformer, and the late leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Deng never held office as the head of state or the head of government, but served as the de facto leader of the People's Republic of China from 1978 to the early 1990s. He developed "Socialism with Chinese characteristics" and Chinese economic reform, also known as the "socialist market economy", and opened China to the global market.
Denham, John11Sir John Denham (1615 – March 10, 1669), poet, son of the Chief Baron of Exchequer in Ireland, was born in Dublin, and educated at Trinity College, Oxford and at Lincoln's Inn in London.
Denis, Maurice4Maurice Denis (November 25, 1870 – November 1943) was a French painter and writer and a member of the Symbolist and Les Nabis movements. His theories contributed to the foundations of cubism, fauvism, and abstract art.
Denise Scott Brown5Denise Scott Brown (née Lakofski; born October 3, 1931) is an American architect, planner, writer, educator, and principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates in Philadelphia. Denise Scott Brown and her husband and partner, Robert Venturi, are regarded among the most influential architects of the twentieth century, both through their architecture and planning, and theoretical writing and teaching.
Denman, Thomas2Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman (23 July 1779 – 26 September 1854) was a British lawyer, judge and politician.
Dennett, Daniel83Daniel Dennett (born March 28, 1942) is a prominent American atheist philosopher, writer and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology.
Denning, Alfred20The Right Honourable Alfred Thompson Denning, Baron Denning, OM, PC (23 January 1899 – 5 March 1999), most commonly referred to as Lord Denning, was a British barrister from Hampshire who became Master of the Rolls (the senior civil judge in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales).
Denning, Robert13Robert Denning (13 March 1927 – 26 August 2005) was an American interior designer whose lush interpretations of French Victorian decor became an emblem of corporate raider tastes in the 1980s.
Dennis Ross4Dennis B. Ross (born November 26, 1948) is an American diplomat and author. He is currently a special adviser for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia (which includes Iran) to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Obama admistration.
Dennis, John2John Dennis (1657 – January 6, 1734) was an English critic and dramatist, born in London, the son of a saddler.
Denton, Bradley8Bradley Denton (born 1958) is an American science fiction author.
Denton, Federico Hernández2Federico Hernández Denton (born April 12, 1944) is the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Hernández received his Law Degree from Harvard University in 1969. He began his career as Legal Advisor to the President of the University of Puerto Rico.
Denton, Michael6Michael John Denton (born 25 August 1943) is a British-Australian author and biochemist. In 1973, Denton received his PhD in Biochemistry from King's College London.
Denzin, Norman1Norman K. Denzin (born 1941) is an American sociologist and Distinguished Professor of Communications.
Depardieu, Gérard1Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu (born 27 December 1948) is a French actor and film-maker.
DeParie, Paul3Paul deParrie (June 19, 1949 – May 20, 2006) was an American pro-life activist and author who lived in Portland, Oregon. He was the executive director of Believers Against Child Killing and editor-in-chief of Life Advocate magazine.
Depero, Fortunato9Fortunato Depero (March 30, 1892 – November 29, 1960) was an Italian futurist painter, writer, sculptor and graphic designer.
Depew, Chauncey10Chauncey Depew (23 April 1834 – 5 April 1928) was a United States Senator.
Depp, Johnny18John Christopher Depp II (born June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky) is an American actor.
Derbyshire, John2John Derbyshire (born June 3, 1945) is a writer who has contributed to various publications such as, until his 2012 firing, National Review
Derksen, Johan2Johannes Gerrit "Johan" Derksen (born 31 January 1949) is a Dutch sports journalist and TV football pundit for the RTL7. He previously played football professionally for Go Ahead Eagles, Cambuur Leeuwarden, BV Veendam, HFC Haarlem and MVV Maastricht.
Derojas, Fernando7Fernando de Rojas (c. 1465 – April 1541) was a Spanish author and playwright.
Derrida, Jacques37Jacques Derrida (15 July 1930 – 8 October 2004) was a French philosopher who introduced the practice of "deconstruction".
Dershowitz, Alan18Alan Dershowitz (born September 1, 1938) is a leading legal scholar in the United States. He has spent most of his career at Harvard Law School, where at the age of 28 he became the youngest full professor in the law school's history, and is now the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law. In addition to his teaching, Dershowitz is a prolific author, has made frequent media and public speaking appearances, and has worked on a number of high-profile legal cases.
Derzhavin, Gavrila Romanovich3Gavriil (Gavrila) Romanovich Derzhavin (Гаврии́л (Гаври́ла) Рома́нович Держа́вин, July 14, 1743 – July 20, 1816) was the greatest Russian poet before Alexander Pushkin, as well as a statesman. Although his works are traditionally considered literary classicism, his best verse is rich with antitheses and conflicting sounds in a way reminiscent of John Donne and other metaphysical poets.
Desaguliers, John Theophilus5John Theophilus Desaguliers (12 March 1683 – 29 February 1744) was a French-born British natural philosopher, clergyman, engineer and freemason who was elected to the Royal Society in 1714 as experimental assistant to Isaac Newton.
Desai, Kiran6Kiran Desai (born 3 September 1971) is an Indian author. Her novel The Inheritance of Loss won the 2006 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award.
Desailly, Marcel1Marcel Desailly (born September 7, 1968 in Accra, Ghana as Odonkey Abbey) is a former French footballer and star of the France national football team squad, with whom he won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000.
Desbordes-Valmore, Marceline1Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (20 June 1786 – 23 July 1859) was a French poet.
Descartes, René27René Descartes (March 31, 1596 – February 11, 1650) was a highly influential French philosopher, mathematician, physicist and writer. He is known for his influential arguments for substance dualism, where mind and body are considered to have distinct essences, one being characterized by thought, the other by spatial extension. He has been dubbed the "Father of Modern Philosophy" and the "Father of Modern Mathematics." He is also known as Cartesius.
Deschamps, Eustache4Eustache Deschamps (or Eustache Morel; 1346 – c. 1406) was a prolific French poet and satirist. He was the principal disciple of Guillaume de Machaut, and in his turn a great influence on Christine de Pizan, Jean Froissart, and Geoffrey Chaucer.
Deschanel, Zooey52Zooey Claire Deschanel (born 17 January 1980) is an American actress, song-writer and singer who performs with M. Ward as the group She & Him, and stars in the comedy television series New Girl.
Deschner, Karlheinz)17Karlheinz Deschner (23 May 1924 – 8 April 2014), was a German researcher and writer who achieved public attention in Europe for his thorough and fiercely critical treatment of Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular, as expressed in several articles and books, culminating in his 10 volume opus Christianity's Criminal History.
DeShannon, Jackie10Jackie DeShannon is the stage name of Sharon Lee Myers (born 21 August 1944), an American singer-songwriter.
Deshimaru, Taisen15Taisen Deshimaru (1914 – April 30, 1982) was a Japanese Sōtō Zen Buddhist teacher. His experiences led him to Bangka Island, where he taught zazen to the Chinese, Indonesian, and European inhabitants of the island. The island was under the attack of the Japanese Occupational Army, who were executing large numbers of the inhabitants indiscriminately. Feeling a plight for the people of Bangka, Deshimaru eventually took up their cause and was quickly labeled a rebel by the Japanese Army and thrown in prison. Shortly before he was due for execution, high Japanese officials released him and the other prisoners waiting to be killed. Following this, he was placed in an American POW camp in Singapore until he was released months later. He died in 1982, after having solidly established Zen practice in the West.
Deshpande, P. L.8P. L. Deshpande (November 8, 1919 – June 12, 2000) was a noted Indian writer in Marathi. He was also famous as an orator and performing artist. He wrote as Pu La (IPA: /pʊ.ɫ/) Deshpande, from his initials in Marathi.
Desmond, Arthur13Arthur Desmond (c. 1859 – 26 January 1929) was an English revolutionary, poet, philosopher and author, most famous for being the likely author of the incendiary work Might is Right.
Desmond, Paul12Paul Desmond (25 November 1924 – 30 May 1977), born Paul Emil Breitenfeld, was a jazz alto saxophonist and composer born in San Francisco, best known for the work he did in the Dave Brubeck Quartet and for penning the group's greatest hit, "Take Five".
Dessen, Sarah1Sarah Dessen (born June 6, 1970) is an American writer for young adults who lives and teaches in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Destouches, Philippe Nericault3Philippe Néricault Destouches (9 April 1680 – 4 July 1754) was a French dramatist.
Deutsch, David19David Deutsch (born 1953 in Haifa, Israel) is a physicist at the University of Oxford. He is a non-stipendiary Visiting Professor in the Department of Atomic and Laser Physics at the Centre for Quantum Computation, Clarendon Laboratory. He pioneered the field of quantum computers, and is a proponent of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Deutscher, Isaac2Isaac Deutscher (3 April 1907 – 19 August 1967) was a Polish-born Jewish Marxist writer, journalist and political activist who moved to the United Kingdom at the outbreak of World War II. He is best known as a biographer of Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin and as a commentator on Soviet affairs.
Deval, Jacques1Jacques Boularan (June 27 1895 – December 19 1972), known by the pseudonym Jacques Deval, was a French playwright and director. His most famous work is the play Tovaritch (1933), later adapted into English as the film Tovarich (1937).
Devin Hester7Devin Hester (born November 4, 1982) is an American football player for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League.
Devin Townsend6Devin Garrett Townsend (born May 5, 1972 in Vancouver, Canada) is a progressive metal musician influenced by death metal, jazz, blues, progressive rock, industrial, ambient, traditional metal and classical music. He plays guitar, bass, and keyboards, sings, and produces.
Dewar, Thomas2Thomas Dewar, 1st Baron Dewar (January 6 1864 – April 11 1930) was a Scottish whisky distiller.
Dewey, John36John Dewey (October 20 1859 – June 1 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer.
Dewhurst, Wynford10Wynford Dewhurst, R.B.A. (26 January 1864 – 9 July 1941) was an English Impressionist painter and important writer on art. He spent considerable time in France and his work was profoundly influenced by Claude Monet.
DeWolfe, Ron15Ronald DeWolf.(born 7 May 1934 - 16 September 1991) Author, former operative in Scientology, eldest son of L. Ron Hubbard; born Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, Jr.
Dhavernas, Caroline2Caroline Dhavernas (born 15 May 1978) is a Canadian actress, famous in the United States as "Jaye" from the short-lived television series Wonderfalls, and as "Dr. Alana Bloom" in the psychological horror drama Hannibal.
Dhyanchand14Dhyan Chand (August 29, 1905 – December 3, 1979), born Dhyan Singh, was a legendary Indian field hockey player. Often called a "Hockey Wizard" for his masterly stick work and ball control and widely regarded as the greatest hockey player of all time. During his playing years, Chand won three Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932, and in 1936, the last was one in Berlin Olympics and earned the title as the Hockey Personality of the Century. His career span started as Lance Naik in the Indian Army under the British rule and ended with elevation to the rank of a Major. He scored 109 goals at the Olympics and 300 goals in other international matches, which is till now an unbroken record. He received the national honour of Padma Bhushan and his birth anniversary is celebrated as the National Sports day in India. His statues adorn the National Sports Stadium in Delhi, in Vienna Sports Club, and on the vantage hill top of Jhansi. A commemorative postage stamp was also issued in his honour.
Di Meola, Al1Al Di Meola (born Al Laurence Dimeola on July 22, 1954, in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist, composer, and record producer.
Di Pietro, Antonio2Antonio Di Pietro (born October 2, 1950) is an Italian politician. He was a Member of the European Parliament, an Italian Senator, and Minister of the Prodi Government.
Diaghilev, Sergei1Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev (31 March 1872 – 19 August 1929) was a Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes.
Diamond, Jared6Jared Diamond (born 10 September 1937) is an American evolutionary biologist, physiologist, bio-geographer and nonfiction author. He is best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997).
Diamond, Neil37Neil Leslie Diamond (born 24 January 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, who, according to Billboard magazine, is the third most successful Adult Contemporary artist ever, ranking behind only Barbra Streisand and Elton John.
Diana, Princess of Wales43Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; née Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. Her youth and beauty made her an icon of femininity when the couple's engagement was announced; however their marriage was not a success and she despised the media's intrusion which royal life brought. The couple separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996; she was killed in a car crash in Paris the following year. She had two sons with Charles: Prince William of Wales and Prince Harry of Wales, born in 1982 and 1984 respectively.
Diaz, Cameron3Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American film actress.
Diaz, Leandro1Leandro Díaz (February 20, 1928 – June 22, 2013) was a Colombian vallenato music composer.
Dibdin, Charles5Charles Dibdin (March 1745? – 25 July 1814), British musician, dramatist, novelist, actor and songwriter.
Dibnah, Fred22Fred Dibnah MBE (28 April 1938 – 6 November 2004), born in Bolton, Lancashire, was an English steeplejack, engineer and eccentric who became a television personality, a cult figure and, latterly, a national institution.
DiCamillo, Brandon12Brandon Ralph DiCamillo (born November 15, 1976) is a founding member of the CKY Crew and has risen to fame through appearances in the CKY video series and MTV's Jackass and Viva la Bam shows.
DiCaprio, Leonardo68Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, film director, film producer and screenwriter.
Dicey, A. V.3Albert Venn Dicey (February 4, 1835 – April 7, 1922) was a British jurist and constitutional theorist who wrote An Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution (1885). The principles it expounds are considered part of the uncodified British constitution.
Dick, Phillip K.163Philip Kindred Dick (16 December 1928 – 2 March 1982) was an American science fiction writer.
Dicke, Robert1Robert Henry Dicke (May 6, 1916 – March 4, 1997) was an American physicist, who made important contributions to the fields of astrophysics, atomic physics, cosmology and gravity.
Dicken, Peter20Peter Dicken (born 1938) is a geographer, notable for his contributions to research into globalization, especially in his book Global Shift, which has sold many tens of thousand of copies. Professor Dicken is currently an Emeritus Professor and continuing researcher into Global Patterns of Business and Globalisation, at the University of Manchester.
Dickens, Charles137Charles John Huffam Dickens, FRSA (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was the foremost English novelist of the Victorian era, as well as a vigorous social campaigner.
Dickerson, Eric2Eric Dickerson (born September 2, 1960) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta Falcons. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
Dickey, James10James Lafayette Dickey (2 February 1923 – 19 January 1997) was a popular American poet and novelist. He was appointed the eighteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1966.
Dickinson, Bruce5Paul Bruce Dickinson (born August 7, 1958) is a musician best known for being the lead singer in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
Dickinson, Emily74Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Virtually unknown in her lifetime, Dickinson has come to be regarded as one of the greatest American poets of the 19th century. Although she wrote (at latest count) 1789 poems, only a few of them were published, all anonymously and some perhaps without her knowledge.
Dickinson, John (delegate)2John Dickinson (November 2, 1732 – February 14, 1808) was an American lawyer and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware. He was a militia officer during the American Revolution, a Continental Congressman from Pennsylvania and Delaware, a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, President of Delaware, and President of Pennsylvania.
Dickson, Gordon R.18Gordon Rupert Dickson (November 1, 1923 – January 31, 2001) was a Canadian-American science fiction writer.
Dickson, Leonard Eugene1Leonard Eugene Dickson (22 January 1874 – 17 January 1954), often called "L. E. Dickson", was an American mathematician.
Diderot, Denis97Denis Diderot (5 October 1713 – 31 July 1784) was a French philosopher and chief editor of the historic project to produce L'Encyclopédie.
Didion, Joan6Joan Didion (born December 5, 1934) is an American writer renowned as a novelist, journalist and prose stylist.
Dido14Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong (born 25 December 1971 in London) is a British pop singer who performs under her nickname Dido.
Diebold, Francis X.1Francis X. Diebold (born 12 November 1959) is an American economist, and Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Diefenbaker, John9John George Diefenbaker (18 September 1895 – 16 August 1979) was the 13th Prime Minister of Canada.
Diego, Jose de2Dr. José de Diego y Benítez (April 16, 1866 – July 16, 1918), born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, was a statesman, journalist, poet and advocate for Puerto Rico's independence from Spain.
Diels, Otto1Otto Paul Hermann Diels (23 January 1876 – 7 March 1954) was a German chemist.
Dieter Seebach1Dieter Seebach (born 31 October 1937) is a German chemist known for his synthesis of biopolymers and dendrimers, and for his contributions to stereochemistry.
Dietrich, Marlene1Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich (27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992) was a German-American actress and singer.
Dietrich, Sepp9Josef "Sepp" Dietrich (May 28, 1892 – April 22, 1966) was a German Waffen-SS general, an SS-Oberstgruppenführer, and one of the closest men to Adolf Hitler. For his wartime services, he was one of only 27 men to be awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak leaves, Swords, and Diamonds. Dietrich was tried as Defendant No. 11 by U.S. Military Tribunal at Dachau, from May 16, 1946 until July 16, 1946. On July 16, 1946, he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Malmedy massacre trial for ordering the execution of U.S. prisoners of war in Malmedy. In 1966 Dietrich died of a heart attack in Ludwigsburg at age 73. Seven thousand of his wartime comrades came to his funeral.
Dieudonne, Jean1Jean Alexandre Eugène Dieudonné (July 1, 1906, Lille – November 29, 1992, Paris) was a French mathematician, notable for research in abstract algebra and functional analysis.
Dijkstra, Edsger54Edsger Wybe Dijkstra (May 11 1930 – August 6 2002) was a Dutch computer scientist, and winner of the 1972 Turing Award. He was an early and influential proponent of "structured programming."
DiLascia, Paul49Paul DiLascia (1959 – 3 September 2008) was an American software developer, author, web developer, and editor of the Microsoft Systems Journal column C/C++ Q+A.
Dillard, Annie4Annie Dillard (born 30 April 1945) is an American author born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her non-fiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek in 1974. She has since published ten other books, her most recent, a novel, The Maytrees was released in June 2007.
Dillmann, Christian Heinrich von6Christian von Dillmann (December 30, 1829 - December 18, 1899) was a German teacher and school reformers.
Dillon, Matt15Matthew Raymond "Matt" Dillon (born February 18, 1964) is an Academy Award-, Golden Globe Award- and BAFTA Award-nominated American actor. He began acting in the late 1970s, gained fame as a teen idol during the 1980s, and developed a successful career as a mature actor in the decades following, culminating in an Oscar nomination for his performance in the film Crash.
DiMaggio, Joe2Joseph Paul DiMaggio (November 25, 1914 – March 8, 1999), born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Jr., was a Major League Baseball center fielder who played his entire MLB career (1936–1951) for the New York Yankees. He was also nicknamed Joltin' Joe and The Yankee Clipper. He was married to Marilyn Monroe.
Dimitrov, Georgi8Georgi Dimitrov Mikhaylov (Bulgarian: Георги Димитров Михайлов) (June 18, 1882 – July 2, 1949), also known as Georgi Mikhaylovich Dimitrov (Russian: Георгий Михайлович Димитров), a Bulgarian Communist leader, was appointed General Secretary of the Comintern from 1934, remaining in office until the organization's dissolution in 1943.
Dimnet, Ernest17Ernest Dimnet (1866–1954) was a French priest, writer and lecturer, and author of "The Art of Thinking", a popular book on thinking and reasoning during the 1930s.
Diner, Helen5Bertha Eckstein-Diener (March 18, 1874, Vienna – February 20, 1948, Geneva), also known by her American pseudonym Helen Diner, was an Austrian writer, travel journalist, feminist historian, and intellectual.
Dingell, John5John Dingell (born July 8, 1926) is a Democratic United States Representative from Michigan and is currently the Dean (longest-serving member) of the House of Representatives.
Dingle, Herbert3Herbert Dingle (2 August 1890 – 4 September 1978) was an English astronomer and philosopher.
Dio Chrysostom3Dio Chrysostom (c. 40 – c. 115), was a Greek orator, writer, philosopher and historian of the Roman Empire.
Dio, Ronnie James6Ronald James Padavona (10 July 1942 – 16 May 2010), more famous as Ronnie James Dio, was an Italian-American rock musician, who wasa a vocalist in the bands 'Rainbow', 'Black Sabbath', 'Dio', and later 'Heaven and Hell'.
Diodorus Siculus5Diodorus Siculus (c. 90 BC – c. 30 BC) was a Greek historian, born at Agyrium in Sicily.
Diogenes of Sinope41Diogenes of Sinope (or Diogenes the Cynic; c. 412 BC – 323 BC) was the most famous of the Cynic philosophers of ancient Greece. No writings of his survive, but his sayings are recorded by Diogenes Laërtius and others.
Dion, Stéphane1Stéphane Dion (born 28 September 1955) is a Canadian academic and politician who served under both Paul Martin and Jean Chrétien. He became the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Opposition on December 2, 2006.
Dionysius I of Syracuse3Dionysius I (or Dionysius the Elder; c. 432 BC – 367 BC) was a tyrant of Syracuse, who conquered several cities in Sicily and southern Italy, opposed Carthage's influence and made Syracuse the most powerful of the Western Greek colonies.
Dior, Christian44Christian Dior (21 January 1905 – 23 October 1957) was a French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world's top fashion houses, also called Christian Dior, but now owned by LVMH.
DiPaolo, Nick1Nick DiPaolo (born January 31, 1962) is a stand-up comedian and writer.
Diphilus7Diphilus was a Greek poet and playwright, native of Sinope, and contemporary of Menander (342–291 BC). Most of Diphilus' plays—acclaimed for his comic wit and humor, and about 100 in number—were written and acted at Athens, but he led a wandering life, and died at Smyrna.
Dirac, Paul30Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (8 August 1902 – 20 October 1984) was a British theoretical physicist and a founder of the field of quantum physics.
Dirda, Michael1Michael Dirda (born 1948), a Fulbright Fellowship recipient, is a Pulitzer Prize–winning book critic for the Washington Post.
Dirksen, Everett5Everett McKinley Dirksen (4 January 1896 – 7 September 1969) was an Illinois Republican Senator and civil rights proponent.
Disch, Thomas M.9Thomas Michael Disch (2 February 1940 - 4 July 2008) was an American science fiction author and poet. He was nominated for the Hugo Award three times and for the Nebula Awards nine times.
Disher, John H.3John Howard Disher (December 23, 1921 – August 27, 1988) was an American aeronautical engineer and NASA manager.
Disney, Roy E.3Roy Edward Disney, KCSG (10 January 1930 – 16 December 2009) was a longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company, which his father Roy Oliver Disney and his uncle Walt Disney founded.
Disney, Walt89Walter Elias Disney (5 December 1901 – 15 December 1966) was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. One of the most well-known motion picture producers in the world, Disney was also the cartoon artist of comic books and newspaper comic strips, the creator of an American-based theme parks called Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and is the co-founder with his brother Roy O. Disney of Walt Disney Productions, the corporation now known as The Walt Disney Company.
Disraeli, Benjamin222Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a British politician, novelist, and essayist, serving twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The anniversary of his death on 19 April is known as Primrose Day.
Dix, Otto1Otto Dix (2 December 1891 – 25 July 1969) was a German painter and printmaker, noted for his ruthless and harshly realistic depictions of Weimar society and the brutality of war. He is widely considered one of the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit.
Dixit, Madhuri21Madhuri Dixit (born May 15, 1967) is a legendary Indian film actress acclaimed as one of the best actresses in Bollywood. Coupled with her beauty she is also a highly accomplished dancer. Her film career started with debut in Abodh (1984) and continued with several box office hits getting her wide public adulation and the sobriquet “Queen of Indian Cinema”. Some of her most popular films are Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Devdas. She has received scores of Film Fair awards for her excellence in acting, and also the national honour of Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award by the Government of India. Madhuri Dixit is the sixth Bollywood celebrity to be honoured with her wax image at Madame Tussauds, :London,
Dixon, Alesha7Alesha Anjanette Dixon (born October 7, 1978) is a British singer and dancer, former member of girl group Mis-Teeq. Additionally, Dixon is a judge on the BBC dancing show Strictly Come Dancing, which she also participated in two years prior to her appointment as a judge.
Dixon, Patrick28Patrick Dixon (born 1957) is a British business thinker and author, often classified as futurist.
Dixon, Willie5William James "Willie" Dixon (July 1, 1915 – January 29, 1992) was a well-known American blues bassist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer. His songs, including "Little Red Rooster", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Evil", "Spoonful", "Back Door Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "I Ain't Superstitious", "My Babe", "Wang Dang Doodle", and "Bring It on Home", written during the peak of Chess Records, 1950–1965, and performed by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Walter, influenced a worldwide generation of musicians.
DJ Shadow3DJ Shadow (born 1973-01-01 in Hayward, CA) is a prominent musical producer and turntablist. He is most noted for his experimental and abstract style of hip-hop as well as his insightful outlook on his profession and the hip-hop scene. DJ Shadow's first full length album, Endtroducing....., is featured in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the "First Completely Sampled Album".
Djalili, Omid8Omid Djalili (pronounced "Omeed Jaleelee", Persian: امید جلیلی; born September 30, 1965) is an Iranian-English stand-up comedian and actor.
Djemal, Ahmed|Ahmed Djemal5Ahmed Djemal Pasha (Turkish: Ahmet Cemal Paşa) (May 6, 1872 – July 21, 1922) was one of the most important administrators of the Ottoman government. He became a member of Board of the Third Army Corps, in 1907. Here, he worked with Major Fethi (Okyar) and Mustafa Kemal. A Military Court in Turkey sentenced him to death in absentia for the persecution of Arab subjects of the Ottoman Empire. Due to the success of the Bolshevik Revolution, Djemal travelled to Tbilisi where he was assassinated on July 21, 1922 for his role in the Armenian Genocide. Ahmed Djemal's remains were brought to Erzurum and buried there.
Djindjic, Zoran13Zoran Đinđić (1 August 1952 – 12 March 2003) was a Serbian politician, who was the Prime Minister of Serbia from 2001 until his assassination in 2003.
Djite, Bruce1Bruce Djite (born 25 March 1987) is an Australian professional football player, who plays as a striker.
Dmowski, Roman5Roman Dmowski (9 August 1864 – 2 January 1939) was a Polish politician and statesman, chief ideologue and co-founder of the right-wing National Democracy ("Endecja") political camp.
Doane, William Croswell4William Croswell Doane (2 March 1832 – 17 May 1913) was the first Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany in the United States, from 1869 until his death in 1913.
Dobell, Eva15Eve Dobell (1876–1963) was a British poet, nurse, and editor, best known for her poems on the effects of World War I and her regional poems.
Dobie, J. Frank1James Frank Dobie (September 26, 1888 – September 18, 1964) was an American folklorist, writer, and newspaper columnist best known for many books depicting the richness and traditions of life in rural Texas during the days of the open range.
Dobson, Henry Austin2Austin Dobson (January 18, 1840 – September 2, 1921) was an English poet and essayist.
Dobson, James28James Clayton "Jim" Dobson, Jr. (born 1936) is an American psychologist, evangelical Christian author, counselor and conservative political activist.
Dobzhansky, Theodosius7Theodosius Grigorevich Dobzhansky (January 25, 1900 – December 18, 1975) was a noted geneticist, evolutionary biologist, and a leader of the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis. He was born in Russia (Ukraine) and attended Kiev University.
Doctorow, Cory30Cory Doctorow (born July 17, 1971) is a blogger, journalist and science fiction author in favor of liberalizing copyright laws.
Doctorow, E. L.13Edgar Lawrence Doctorow (6 January 1931 - July 21, 2015) is an American author of several critically acclaimed novels that blend history and social criticism. Currently, he holds the Glucksman Chair in American Letters at New York University.
Dodd, Ken5Kenneth Arthur Dodd OBE (born 8 November 1927) is a veteran English comedian and singer songwriter, famous for selling over 100 million records, his buck teeth, frizzy hair, feather duster (or "tickling stick"), and his catchphrases, often playing on the 'tickled' motif, e.g. "How tickled I am!". He works mainly in the music hall tradition, although, in the past, has occasionally appeared in drama, including as Malvolio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on stage in Liverpool in 1971; on television in the cameo role of 'The Tollmaster' in the 1987 Doctor Who story Delta and the Bannermen; and as Yorick (in silent flashback) in Kenneth Branagh's film version of Shakespeare's Hamlet in 1996.
Doddridge, Philip5Philip Doddridge (June 26, 1702 – October 26, 1751) was an English Nonconformist leader.
Dodge, Mary Abigail3Mary Abigail Dodge (March 31, 1833 – August 17, 1896) was an American writer and essayist, under pseudonym Gail Hamilton. Her writing is noted for its wit and promotion of equality of education and occupation for women.
Dodge, Mary Mapes5Mary Mapes Dodge (26 January 1831 – 21 August 1905) was an American children's writer and editor, best known for her novel Hans Brinker.
Dodgson, Charles5Charles Dodgson (2 November 1800 – 21 June 1868) was an English clergyman; he was Archdeacon of Richmond from 1854 to his death in 1868. He was the grandson of Charles Dodgson (bishop), the father of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and the grandfather of Stuart Dodgson Collingwood.
Dodgson, Charles5Charles Dodgson DD (1721/1722 – 21 January 1795) was bishop, first of Ossory and then of Elphin (both in Ireland). He was the grandfather of Charles Dodgson (archdeacon) and the great-grandfather of Lewis Carroll.
Doe, John (musician)5John Doe (born John Nommensen Duchac on February 25, 1954, in Decatur, Illinois) is an American singer, songwriter and bass player who was the founder of the seminal L.A. punk band X.
Doen22Dōgen (道元; also Dōgen Kigen 道元希玄, Eihei Dōgen 永平道元, titled as Dōgen Zenji Zen Master Dōgen 道元禅師) (19 January 1200 – 22 September 1253) was a Japanese Zen Buddhist teacher born in Kyōto, and the founder of the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan.
Doesburg, Theo van14Theo van Doesburg (30 August 1883 – 7 March 1931) was a Dutch artist, practicing in painting, writing, poetry and architecture. He is best known as the founder and leader of De Stijl together with Piet Mondrian. Later he engaged himself more with Dadaism, in cooperation with Kurt Schwitters and Hans Arp.
Doggett, David S.2David Seth Doggett (January 26, 1810 – October 29, 1880) was an American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, elected in 1866.
Doherty, Catherine22Catherine Doherty (15 August 1896 – 14 December 1985) was a Catholic social activist, author, and foundress of the Madonna House Apostolate.
Dole, Bob9Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole (born July 22, 1923) is best known as a former Republican United States Senate Majority Leader and Senator from Kansas from 1969 to 1996. He was the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, but was defeated by incumbent Bill Clinton in the election.
Dole, Charles Fletcher12Charles Fletcher Dole (1845, Brewer, Maine – 1927, Hawaii) was an influential Unitarian minister, speaker, and writer in Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts, and Chairman of the Association to Abolish War.
Dolmayan, John2John Dolmayan (born July 15, 1973) is a musician, best known as the drummer for the Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down.
Domenico Scarlatti1Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (26 October 1685 – 23 July 1757) was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families. He is classified primarily as a Baroque composer chronologically, although his music was influential in the development of the Classical style and was one of the few Baroque composers to transition into the classical period. Like his renowned father Alessandro Scarlatti he composed in a variety of musical forms, although today he is known mainly for his 555 keyboard sonatas.
Domett, Alfred1Alfred Domett CMG (20 May 1811 – 2 November 1887) was an English colonial statesman and poet. He was New Zealand's fourth Premier.
Domeyko, Ignacy1Ignacy Domeyko (July 31, 1802 – January 23, 1889) was a Polish geologist, mineralogist and educator. Domeyko spent most of his life, and died, in his adopted country, Chile.
Domingo Cavallo1Domingo Felipe "Mingo" Cavallo (born July 21, 1946) is an Argentine economist and politician.
Domínguez Camargo, Hernando1Hernando Domínguez Camargo (1606–1659) was a Colombian epic poet.
Dominus, Mark Jason4Mark Jason Dominus (born April 2, 1969) is a computer programmer. He was the managing editor of and was a columnist for The Perl Journal.
Donald James1Donald James (1931 – 2008), aka Donald James Wheal, was a British author and screenwriter.
Donaldson, Samuel Andrew "Sam", Jr.4Samuel Andrew Donaldson, Jr. (born 11 March 1934) is an American reporter and news anchor.
Donaldson, Stephen R.12Stephen Reeder Donaldson (born May 13, 1947, in Cleveland) is an American fantasy, science fiction and mystery novelist. His works are noted for their use of complicated and often obscure language, a strong focus on characterization, and epic themes tied to a humanist world view.
Dong Fuxiang3Dong Fuxiang (董福祥) (1839–1908), a Chinese military General, came from Gansu, China. He commanded freebooting rebels during the Dungan Revolt, and later defected to the Qing dynasty, and fought to quash rebels during the Second Dungan Rebellion and fought against the foreign Eight nation alliance in the Boxer Rebellion.
Donia, Pier Gerlofs2Pier Gerlofs Donia (c. 1480 – 28 October 1520) was a Frisian warrior, pirate, freedom fighter and folk hero. He is most known by his Frisian nickname "Grutte Pier" (in the old Frisian spelling "Greate Pier"), or by his Dutch aliases of "Grote Pier" and "Lange Pier".
Dönitz, Karl17Karl Dönitz (September 16, 1891 – December 24, 1980) was a German naval leader who commanded the German Navy (Kriegsmarine) during the second half of World War II. He became a Großadmiral (Grand Admiral) and served as Commander of Submarines and later was Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy. Under his command, the U-boat fleet fought the Battle of the Atlantic. He ended the war as a prisoner-of-war of the British. After the war, Dönitz was charged and convicted of "crimes against peace" and "war crimes" at the Nuremberg Trials and served ten years. He died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve, 1980.
Donleavy, J. P.7James Patrick Donleavy (born 23 April 1926) is a U.S.-born Irish novelist and playwright.
Donne, John95John Donne (22 January 1572 – 31 March 1631) was a Jacobean metaphysical poet. His works include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, and sermons.
Donoso Cortes, Juan4Juan Donoso Cortés (6 May 1809 – 3 May 1853) was a Spanish author, diplomat and politician, born at Valle de la Serena, Extremadura.
Donovan30Donovan Philips Leitch (born 10 May 1946), most commonly referred to simply as Donovan, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Emerging from the British folk scene, he developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia and world music.
Dooley, Thomas Anthony III2Thomas Anthony Dooley III (1927–1961) was an American physician and humanitarian who worked in Laos and Vietnam.
Doppler, Christian1Christian Andreas Doppler (29 November 1803 – 17 March 1853) was an Austrian mathematician and physicist. He is most famous for what is now called the Doppler effect, which is the apparent change in frequency and wavelength of a wave as perceived by an observer moving relative to the wave's source.
Dorn, Gerhard2Gerhard Dorn (c. 1530 – 1584) was a Belgian physician, theologian, early psychologist, and an advocate and editor of Paracelsus.
Dornberger, Walter2Major-General Dr Walter Robert Dornberger (September 6, 1895 - June 27, 1980) was a German army officer whose career spanned World Wars I and II. During the 1930s and 40s, he directed Germany's rocket and missile programmes, which culminated in the V-2 rocket.
Dornbusch, Rudiger11Rüdiger "Rudi" Dornbusch (June 8, 1942 – July 25, 2002) was a German economist, who worked for most of his career in the United States.
Dorr, Julia Caroline4Julia Caroline (Ripley) Dorr (1825–1913) was an American author who published both prose and poetry.
Dorries, Nadine4Nadine Dorries (née Bargery; born 21 May 1957) is a British Conservative Party politician who is the Member of Parliament for the Mid Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency.First elected at the 2005 general election she has become known for campaigning on socially conservative issues such attempting to reduce the time limit after which an abortion cannot be legally performed. During November 2012, Dorries participated in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! without the permission of her party's chief whip leading to her suspension from membership of the Conservative Party for six months.
Dorset, Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of6Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset, 1st Baron Buckhurst, PC (c. 1536 – April 19 1608) was an English statesman, courtier, poet and playwright. In politics he is most notable as the Lord High Treasurer of England; in literature as the co-author of the first blank verse play in the English language, Gorboduc.
Dos Passos, John22John Roderigo Dos Passos (1896-01-14 – 1970-09-28) was an American novelist and artist. His innovative works of nonlinear fiction incorporating nonnarrative materials had a substantial influence on postmodernist literature.
Dostoevsky, Fyodor106Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky or Dostoevsky Фёдор Миха́йлович Достое́вский (11 November 1821 - 9 February 1881) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher whose works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia.
Doudney, Sarah4Sarah Doudney (15 January 1841, Portsea, Hampshire – 8 December 1926, Oxford) was an English novelist and poet, best known as a children's writer and hymnwriter.
Douglas Bader9Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar, FRAeS, DL (21 February 1910 – 5 September 1982) was a Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter ace during the Second World War.
Douglas Hurd3Douglas Richard Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell, (born 8 March 1930), is a British Conservative politician and novelist, who served in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major between 1979 and his retirement in 1995.
Douglas-Home, Alec5Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home, Baron Home of the Hirsel (2 July 1903 – 9 October 1995) was a British Conservative politician who served one year as Prime Minister. Long service in the governments of the 1950s and as Foreign Secretary led to his emergence as a compromise candidate in the feverish negotiations of 1963, but he narrowly failed to rebuild the Conservatives' popularity enough to win the 1964 general election.
Douglas, Gavin12Gavin (or Gawin) Douglas, Bishop of Dunkeld (c. 1476 – 1522) was a Scottish Chaucerian poet or makar. His Eneados, a translation of Virgil's Aeneid, was the first complete rendering of any major work of classical antiquity into English.
Douglas, Kirk6Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch, Russian: Иссур Даниелович. December 9, 1916) is an American film and stage actor, film producer and author.
Douglas, Mary1Mary Douglas (nee Tew) (1921 – May 16, 2007) is a British anthropologist, known for her writings on human culture and symbolism. Her area is social anthropology, where she is considered a follower of Émile Durkheim, with a strong interest in comparative religion.
Douglas, Norman2George Norman Douglas (8 December 1868 – 7 February 1952) was a British writer, now most famous for his 1917 novel South Wind.
Douglas, Tommy24Thomas Clement Douglas PC MP CC SOM MA LL.D (hc) (20 October 1904 – 24 February 1986) was a Scottish-born Canadian Baptist minister who became a democratic socialist politician. As leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) from 1942 and the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961, he led the first socialist government in North America. Douglas was voted "The Greatest Canadian" of all time in a nationally televised contest organized by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 2004.
Douglas, William Orville55William Orville Douglas (16 October 1898 – 19 January 1980) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. With a term lasting 36 years and 209 days, he is the longest-serving justice in the history of the Supreme Court.
Douglass, David]1David Douglass (born 1932) is an American physicist with interests in Condensed Matter Physics and climate change.
Douglass, Frederick169Frederick Douglass (c. February 1818 – 20 February 1895) was an African American abolitionist, orator, author, editor, reformer, women's rights advocate, and statesman during the American Civil War. He was born a slave in Maryland, as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey.
Dovizi, Bernardo11Bernardo Dovizi or Bibbiena (August 4, 1470 – November 9, 1520) was an Italian cardinal and comedy-writer, known best as Cardinal Bibbiena, for the town Bibbiena, where he was born.
Dow, Arthur Wesley6Arthur Wesley Dow (April 6, 1857 – December 1, 1922) was an American painter, printmaker, photographer, and influential arts educator. His ideas were quite revolutionary for the period, he taught that rather than copying nature, art should be created by elements of the composition, like line, mass and color.
Dowd, Maureen4Maureen Dowd (born January 14, 1952) is a journalist and essayist, currently a Washington D.C.-based columnist for The New York Times. She has worked for the Times since 1983, when she joined as a metropolitan reporter. In 1999, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her series of columns on the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Dowland, John7John Dowland (1563–1626) was an English composer, lutenist and singer. The lyrics of most of his songs are, through lack of evidence to the contrary, conventionally attributed to Dowland himself.
Dowling, Bartholomew2Bartholomew Dowling (1823 – November 20, 1863) was an Irish-born author.
Downey Jr, Robert 3Robert John Downey, Jr (born April 4, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning American actor and musician. He became known during the late 1980s and early 1990s after a series of well-reviewed performances in Hollywood films. During a period of drug addiction in the late 1990s, Downey, Jr. continued his acting career, appearing on the television series Ally McBeal. More recent films include a number of supporting and lead roles, in Good Night and Good Luck, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Zodiac, and Iron Man.
Downs, Bill18Bill Downs (August 17, 1914 – May 3, 1978) was a Kansas City-born American broadcast journalist for CBS Radio and later ABC. He was best known for his work with Edward R. Murrow and was one of the original Murrow Boys.
Downs, Hugh8Hugh Downs (born February 14, 1921, in Akron, Ohio) is a long-time American broadcaster, television host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and music composer.
Dowson, Ernest5Ernest Christopher Dowson (August 2, 1867 – February 23, 1900) was an English poet associated with the Decadent Movement.
Doxiadis, Constantinos Apostolou26Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis (14 May 1914 – 28 June 1975), often quoted as "C.A. Doxiadis", was a Greek architect and town planner. He became known as the lead architect of Islamabad, the new capital of Pakistan, and later as the father of Ekistics.
Doyle, Arthur Conan8Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (May 22 1859 – July 7 1930) was a British writer, most famous as the creator of the character Sherlock Holmes.
Doyle, Robert3Robert Doyle (born 20 May 1953) is an Australian politician and the 103rd Lord Mayor of Melbourne, elected on 30 November 2008.
Drabble, Margaret10Dame Margaret Drabble DBE (born 5 June 1939) is an English novelist, biographer and literary critic.
Draghi, Mario5Mario Draghi (Italian pronunciation: ˈmaːrjo ˈdraːɡi; born 3 September 1947) is an Italian banker and economist who succeeded Jean-Claude Trichet as the President of the European Central Bank on 1 November 2011. He was previously the governor of the Bank of Italy from January 2006 until October 2011. In 2013 Forbes nominated Draghi 9th most powerful person in the world.
Drake (entertainer)11Aubrey Drake Graham (born 24 October 1986) is a Canadian actor and recording artist who performs under the stage name Drake. He originally became famous playing character Jimmy Brooks on the TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Drake, Barbara1Barbara Drake (October 3 1876 – July 19 1963) was a member of the Fabian Society, an author, and a trade unionist.
Drake, Francis5Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral (c.1540 – 28 January 1596) was an English privateer, navigator, naval pioneer and raider, politician, and civil engineer, of the Elizabethan period.
Drake, Frank1Dr. Frank Donald Drake (born May 28, 1930, Chicago) is an American astronomer and astrophysicist. He is most famous for his search for extraterrestrial life. He founded SETI and created the Drake equation and the Arecibo Message.
Drake, Joseph Rodman1Joseph Rodman Drake (August 17, 1795 – September 21, 1820) was an early American poet.
Drake, Nick24Nicholas Rodney Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English folk singer-songwriter and musician.
Drapeau, Jean3Jean Drapeau CC GOQ (February 18, 1916 – August 12, 1999) was a Canadian lawyer and politician who served as mayor of Montreal from 1954 to 1957 and from 1960 to 1986.
Dravid, Rahul4Rahul Sharad Dravid (born 11 January 1973) is a former Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian Test cricket and One Day International teams.
Drayton, Michael10Michael Drayton (1563 – December 23, 1631) was an English poet who came to prominence in the Elizabethan era.
Drechsler, Wolfgang3Wolfgang Drechsler (born 6 June 1963) is a Public Administration, Political Philosophy and Innovation Policy scholar. He is Professor and Chair of Governance, and one of the founders and directors of the Technology Governance program, at the Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia.
Dreiser, Theodore16Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser (August 27, 1871 – December 28, 1945) was an American naturalist author known for dealing with the gritty reality of life.
Drell, Sidney1Sidney Drell (born September 13, 1926) is an American theoretical physicist and arms control expert.
Drenova, Aleksandër Stavre1Aleksandër Stavre Drenova (11 April 1872 – 1947), best known under his pen name Asdreni, was one of the most well-known Albanian poets.
Drew, Ronnie4Joseph Ronald "Ronnie" Drew (16 September 1934 – 16 August 2008) was an Irish singer, songwriter, and guitarist who achieved international fame during a fifty year career recording with The Dubliners
Drewermann, Eugen10Eugen Drewermann (born June 20, 1940) is a German theologian, psychotherapist, author, peace activist and former Roman Catholic priest.
Drezner, Daniel2Daniel W. Drezner (born August 28, 1968) is an American professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, an author of books and op-ed pieces, a blogger, and a commentator.
Driftwood, Jimmy8James Corbitt Morris (20 June 1907 – 12 July 1998), more famous as Jimmy Driftwood or Jimmie Driftwood, was a prolific American folk songwriter and musician, most famous for his songs "The Battle of New Orleans" and "Tennessee Stud".
Driscoll, Mark9Mark A. Driscoll (born 11 October 1970) is an American pastor and author. The founder and preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, he co-founded the Acts 29 Network and Churches Helping Churches, and has contributed to the "Faith and Values" section of the Seattle Times and the "On Faith" section of the Washington Post. He helped start the Resurgence, a repository of missional theology resources.
Drucker, Peter125Peter Ferdinand Drucker (November 19 1909 – November 11 2005) was an Austrian-born American writer, management consultant and university professor. In 1943 he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He taught at New York University and Claremont Graduate University respectively.
Drummond, Thomas1Captain Thomas Drummond (1797–1840) was a Scottish civil engineer who was the inventor of the Drummond light which was employed in the trigonometrical survey of Great Britain and Ireland. A supporter of the Whigs, he helped with the work preparatory to the great Reform Bill of 1832 and he was later rewarded with the post of Irish Under-Secretary, a position he held from 1835 until his death in 1840.
Drummond, William13William Drummond of Hawthornden (13 December 1585 – 4 December 1649) was a Scottish poet.
Druyan, Ann4Ann Druyan (born June 13, 1949) is an American author and producer specializing in productions about cosmology and popular science. She was a co-writer of the 1980 PBS documentary series Cosmos, hosted by the late Carl Sagan whom she married in 1981. She is the creator/producer/writer of the follow-up, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
Dryden, John200John Dryden (19 August 1631 {9 August O.S.} – 12 May 1700 {1 May O.S.}) was an influential English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright. He was Poet Laureate, 1668–1689.
Dsouza, Dinesh46Dinesh Joseph D'Souza (born April 25, 1961) is an Indian-American political commentator, filmmaker, and author.
Du Bartas, Guillaume de Salluste48Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas (1544 – July 1590) was a French poet.
Du Fu2Du Fu (712 – 770) was a prominent Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty. Along with Li Bai (Li Po), he is frequently called the greatest of the Chinese poets.
Du Sautoy, Marcus3Marcus du Sautoy (born 26 August 1965) is a British mathematician and TV Documentary presenter.
Du Wenxiu2Du Wenxiu (杜文秀) (1823–1872), a Hui, was born in Yunnan, China. He was the leader of the Panthay Rebellion.
Duane Gish5Duane Tolbert Gish (born February 17, 1921 - March 5, 2013) was an American young earth creationist, and former vice-president of the Institute for Creation Research.
DuBois, W.E.B41William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (23 February 1868 – 27 August 1963) was an American civil rights activist, sociologist, educator, historian, author, editor, and scholar.
Dubroff, Jessica5Jessica Whitney Dubroff (May 5, 1988 – April 11, 1996) was a seven-year-old pilot trainee who died attempting to become the youngest person to fly an airplane across the United States.
Dubuffet, Jean27Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet (July 31, 1901 – May 12, 1985) was one of the most famous European painters and sculptors of the second half of the 20th century. Dubuffet coined the term Art Brut for the art produced by non-professionals working outside aesthetic norms, such as art by children, mental patients, prisoners. The material in Art Brut is essential. Dubuffet's art is representational, in which he strives for the general and the popular meaning.
Dubus, Andre9Andre Dubus (August 11 1936 – February 24 1999) was an American short story writer, essayist, novelist and autobiographer.
Duchamp, Marcel13Marcel Duchamp (28 July 1887 – 2 October 1968) was a French artist who became an American citizen in 1955. His work and ideas had considerable influence on the development of post-World War Two Western art. His advice to modern art collectors helped shape the tastes of the Western art world.
Duckworth, Robinson2Robinson Duckworth (4 December 1834 – 20 September 1911) was an English clergyman. He was Chaplain-in-Ordinary to Queen Victoria from 1870 to 1901 and Honorary Chaplain for the Prince of Wales from 1875 to 1901.
Duclaux, Agnes Mary Frances1Agnes Mary Frances Duclaux (1857–1944), born Agnes Mary Frances Robinson, known after her first marriage as Agnes-Marie-François Darmesteter, was an English writer and scholar on many subjects connected with France and French literature, and a poet.
Dudeja, Saurabh12Saurabh Dudeja (born 10 September 1989) is an Indian author and motivational speaker known for his best selling debut novel Love You Forever Only In That Way.
Dudley, Dud4Dudd (Dud) Dudley (1600–1684) was an English metallurgist, who fought on the Royalist side in the English Civil War as a soldier, military engineer, and supplier of munitions. He was one of the first Englishmen to smelt iron ore using coke.
Dudley, Underwood1Underwood Dudley (born January 6, 1937) is an American mathematician and author, known for his popular books on mathematical topics such as numerology, circle-squaring and mathematical cranks.
Dudycz Lupescu, Valya7Valya Dudycz Lupescu (born 4 February 1974) is a Ukrainian American author of magic realism and speculative fiction.
Duesberg, Peter3Peter H. Duesberg (born December 2, 1936, in Germany) is an award-winning professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His controversial claims regarding HIV are considered to be fringe by most of the established scientific community.
Duff, Hillary18Hilary Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American singer and actress.
Dufferin and Claneboye, Helen Blackwood, Baroness4Helen Blackwood, Baroness Dufferin and Claneboye, later Helen Selina Hay, Countess of Gifford, born Helen Selina Sheridan, (1807–1867), was a British song-writer, poet, and author. As well as being admired for her wit and literary talents, she was a fashionable beauty and a well-known figure in London society of the mid-19th century.
Duffy, Carol Ann12Carol Ann Duffy, CBE (born 23 December 1955) is a Scottish poet, playwright, freelance writer and current Poet Laureate, the first woman to hold that title.
Dugan, Regina E.20Regina E. Dugan (born 19 March 1963) is American businesswoman, inventor, and technology developer. She served as the 19th Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In March 2012, she left government to take an executive role at Google.
Duhamel, Georges23Georges Duhamel (June 30, 1884 – April 13, 1966), was a French author.
Duhem, Pierre2Pierre Maurice Marie Duhem (10 June 1861 – 14 September 1916) was a French physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science, best known for his writings on the indeterminacy of experimental criteria and on scientific development in the Middle Ages. Duhem also made major contributions to the science of his day, particularly in the fields of hydrodynamics, elasticity, and thermodynamics.
Duke Ellington10Edward Kennedy Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an African American jazz composer, pianist, and band leader who has been one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music.
Duke, David15David Duke (born July 1, 1950) is a former Louisiana State Representative, a candidate in presidential primaries for the Democratic and Republican parties, and former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Duke unsuccessfully ran for the Louisiana Senate, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Governor of Louisiana and twice for President of the United States. He is known primarily for his advocacy of racial separation and white national identity.
Dulles, John Foster1John Foster Dulles (February 25, 1888 – May 24, 1959) served as U.S. Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1959. He was a significant figure in the early Cold War era, advocating an aggressive stance against communism around the world.
Dumas fils, Alexandre8Alexandre Dumas (July 27, 1824 – November 27, 1895) was a popular French novelist and playwright, best known for his novel and play, La Dame aux camélias. The word fils (son) is usually added to his name to distinguish him from his father, Alexandre Dumas, père.
Dumas, Alexandre23Alexandre Dumas, père (24 July 1802 – 5 December 1870) was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him the most widely read French author in the world. See also: Alexandre Dumas, fils.
Dumile, Daniel35Daniel Dumile (IPA: duːməleɪ) (born January 9, 1971, in London, England) is an American hip hop artist who has taken on several stage names in his career - originally Zev Love X, most famously MF DOOM, and in side projects as King Geedorah, Metal Fingers and Viktor Vaughn. In considering Dumile's quoteable lyrics it is just as important to observe single lines as is how they fit in the context of a complex set of lines or verse.
Dummett, Michael2Sir Michael Anthony Eardley Dummett FBA D.Litt (27 June 1925 – 27 December 2011) was a British philosopher in the analytic tradition, known most notably as an interpreter of Frege.
Dunant, Henry4(Jean) Henri Dunant (May 8, 1828 – October 30, 1910) was a Swiss businessman and social activist. His memoir A Memory of Solferino inspired the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1863, of which he was a founding member. The 1864 Geneva Convention was based on Dunant's ideas. In 1901 he received the first Nobel Peace Prize together with Frédéric Passy.
Dunbar, Paul Laurence5Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906) was an American poet and writer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dunbar gained national recognition for his 1896 book of poems, Lyrics of a Lowly Life.
Dunbar, William4William Dunbar (c. 1460 – c. 1520) was a makar or Scottish Chaucerian poet. He was taken as a model by those writers of the Scottish Renaissance who followed Hugh MacDiarmid's slogan "Dunbar – not Burns!".
Duncan, Isadora29Isadora Duncan (May 27, 1877 – September 14, 1927) was a dancer, considered by many to be the creator of modern dance. Duncan had many lovers and bore two children, Deirdre (born September 24, 1906), by theatre designer Gordon Craig, and Patrick (born 1 May 1910), by Paris Singer; both children drowned in a car accident on the Seine River on 19 April 1913, and Duncan herself died years later in another when her long scarf caught in the tires of an automobile in which she was riding, breaking her neck.
Dundy, Elaine8Elaine Dundy (1 August 1921 – 1 May 2008) was an American novelist, biographer, journalist, actress and playwright.
Dunham, Jeff33Jeffrey Dunham (born April 18, 1962) is a ventriloquist, stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and comedian. He has performed on numerous comedy shows, including Comedy Central Presents in 2003. He has released four DVDs, pending a fifth: Arguing With Myself, released in April 2006, Spark of Insanity, in September 2007, Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special, in November 2008, "Controlled Chaos", in 2011, and "Minding the Monsters", in 2013. Some of his usual puppets include a woozle named Peanut, a bitter old man named Walter, and José Jalapeño, a talking jalapeño pepper on a stick. In performances, Jeff plays the straight-man, opposite his various puppets' personalities.
Dunkels, Andrejs1Andrejs Dunkels (15 October, 1939 – 30 December, 1998) was a Swedish mathematics teacher, mathematician, and writer.
Dunlop, Ian1Ian Dunlop (born 1925) is an art critic.
Dunn, Irina1Patricia Irene (Irina) Dunn (born 1948) is an Australian writer, and served in the Australian Senate between 1988 and 1990.
Dunne, Finley Peter6Finley Peter Dunne (July 10, 1867 – April 24, 1936) was a Chicago-based U.S. author, writer and humorist. He wrote Mr. Dooley in Peace and War in 1898. "Mr. Dooley" became one of the first nationally syndicated newspaper features. Set in a South Side Chicago Irish pub, Mr. Dooley, the owner and bartender, would expound upon political and social issues of the day, using the thick verbiage and accent of an Irish immigrant. Dunne's sly humor and political acumen won the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, a frequent target of Mr. Dooley's barbs.
Dunne, Irene57Irene Dunne (December 20, 1898 – September 4, 1990) was an American film actress and singer of the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s. Dunne was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Dunne, John William1John William Dunne FRAeS (1875–1949) was an Irish aeronautical engineer and author. As a pioneering aeronautical engineer in the early years of the 20th century, Dunne worked on early military aircraft, concentrating on tailless designs to achieve an inherently stable aircraft. In the field of philosophy, he achieved a pre-eminence through his theories on the nature of time, which he described as "serial".
Dunst, Kirsten3Kirsten Caroline Dunst (born April 30, 1982) is an American actress.
Duplessis, Maurice7Maurice Duplessis (born April 20, 1890, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada; died September 7, 1959, Schefferville, Québec, Canada); controversial Premier of Québec from 1936 to 1940 and 1944 to 1959.
Duquette, Lon Milo9Lon Milo DuQuette (born 11 July 1948), aka Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford, is an American occultist, lecturer and humorist.
Durant, Will23William James Durant (5 November 1885 – 7 November 1981) was an American historian, philosopher and writer, most famous for his works The Story of Philosophy, and The Story of Civilization.
Durante, Jimmy12James Francis Durante (10 February 1893 – 29 January 1980) American pianist, actor, comedian, composer, and singer; usually known as Jimmy Durante, also nicknamed "The Schnozzola", and "The Schnoz", in reference to his large nose.
Duras, Marguerite7Marguerite Donnadieu (April 4, 1914 – March 3, 1996), better known as Marguerite Duras, was a French writer and film director.
Durbin, Richard4Richard Durbin (born November 21, 1944) is the senior U.S. Senator from Illinois, a Democrat, and is now Democratic Whip, the second highest position in the party leadership in the Senate.
Dürer, Albrecht7Albrecht Dürer (May 21 1471 – April 6 1528) was a German painter and printmaker, most famous for his series of prints, individual engravings and numerous painted self-portraits.
Durkheim, Émile23Émile Durkheim (April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917) was a French sociologist whose contributions were instrumental in the formation of sociology, anthropology and religious studies. His work and editorship of the first journal of sociology (L'Année Sociologique) helped establish sociology within the academy as an accepted social science. Durkheim lectured and published sociological studies on subjects such as education, crime, religion, suicide and other aspects of society. He is often referred to as "The Father of Sociology".
Durova, Nadezhda1Nadezhda Andreyevna Durova (September 17, 1783 – March 21, 1866), also known as Alexander Durov, Alexander Sokolov and Alexander Andreevich Alexandrov, was a woman who became a decorated soldier in the Russian cavalry during the Napoleonic wars. She was the first known female officer in the Russian military. Her memoir is a significant document of its era because few junior officers of the Napoleonic wars published their experiences and The Cavalry Maiden is one of the earliest autobiographies in the Russian language.
Durrani, Ahmad Shah1Ahmad Shāh Abdālī (c. 1723 – 1773), also known as Ahmad Shāh Durrānī, was the founder of the Durrani Empire and is therefore often regarded as the founder of modern Afghanistan. To Pashtuns, he is also known as Ahmad Shāh Bābā.
Durrell, Gerald26Gerald "Gerry" Malcom Durrell (7 January 1925 – 30 January 1995) was a naturalist, zookeeper, author, and television presenter, most famous for founding what is now called the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust on the Channel Island of Jersey and for writing a number of books based on his animal-collecting and conservation expeditions. He was the brother of Lawrence Durrell.
Durrell, Lawrence31Lawrence George Durrell (27 February 1912 – 7 November 1990) was an expatriate British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer, though he resisted affiliation with Britain and preferred to be considered cosmopolitan. It has been posthumously suggested that Durrell never had British citizenship, though, more accurately, he became defined as a non-patrial in 1968, due to the amendment to the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962. His most famous work is the Alexandria Quartet. His brother was Gerald Durrell.
Durrenmatt, Friedrich7Friedrich Dürrenmatt (January 5, 1921 – December 14, 1990) was a Swiss author and dramatist.
Durruti, Buenaventura13Buenaventura Durruti (July 14, 1896 – November 20, 1936) was a Spanish-born anarchist, a central figure in Spanish anarchism during the period leading up to and during the Spanish Civil War.
Dushku, Eliza10Eliza Patricia Dushku (born December 30, 1980) is an American actress and star of the television series Tru Calling. She is also well known for her recurring appearances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel as Faith, the once rogue, now redeemed, Slayer.
Dutch Schultz12Dutch Schultz, whose given name was Arthur Flegenheimer (6 August 1902–24 October 1935), was a New York City-area Jewish gangster of the 1920s and '30s. Born in the Bronx, he made his fortune in bootlegging illegal alcohol and the numbers racket in Harlem. Shot while urinating in the bathroom of a bar in New Jersey in 1935, he lived for 24 hours after the bullet tore through his abdominal wall, lung, gall bladder, and liver, before exiting at the small of his back; during the hours before his death, a delirious Schultz gave a several thousand word long "confession" which has become the object of much speculation in the years since his death, as nearly seven million dollars of his fortune was never accounted for, and many (including his rivals) believed that the location of the money was hidden in his dying words.
Dutt, Michael Madhusudan1Michael Madhusudan Dutt or Michael Madhusudan Dutta Bengali: মাইকেল মধুসূদন দত্ত Maikel Modhushudôn Dôtto (25 January 1824 – 29 June 1873) was a popular 19th century Bengali poet and dramatist.
Dutton, Denis1Denis Dutton (9 February 1944 – 28 December 2010) was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and co-founder and co-editor of the Web publication Arts & Letters Daily.
Duvalier, François4Dr. François "Papa Doc" Duvalier (14 April 1907 – 21 April 1971) was the President of Haiti from 1957 until his death in 1971.
Dvořák, Antonín4Antonín Leopold Dvořák (September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904) was a composer from Bohemia in the Austrian Empire. He wrote in a Romantic and often Czech nationalist style.
Dvorak, August1Dr. August Dvorak (May 5, 1894 – October 10, 1975) was an educational psychologist and professor of education at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He and his brother-in-law, Dr. William Dealey, are best known for creating the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard layout in the 1930s as a replacement for the QWERTY layout. In the 1940s, Dvorak designed keyboard layouts for people with the use of one hand.
Dvorak, John C.21John Charles Dvorak (born 5 April 1952) is an American columnist and broadcaster in the areas of technology and computing.
Dwight, Timothy3Timothy Dwight (May 14, 1752 – January 11, 1817) was an American academic and educator, theologian and author, and Congregationalist minister. He was the eighth president of Yale College (1795–1817).
Dwight,John Sullivan5John Sullivan Dwight (13 May 1813 – 5 September 1893) was a Unitarian minister, transcendentalist and was America's first influential classical music critic.
Dworkin, Andrea46Andrea Rita Dworkin (September 26, 1946 – April 9, 2005) was an American radical feminist and writer.
Dworkin, Ronald5Ronald Dworkin (11 December 1931 - 14 February 2013) was an American legal philosopher.
Dyer, Edward2Sir Edward Dyer (died May 1607) was an English courtier and poet.
Dyer, Geoff15Geoff Dyer (born June 5, 1958) is a British writer. He lives in London. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction including But Beautiful, which won the Somerset Maugham Award, the novel Paris Trance, Out of Sheer Rage (a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award), and the travel memoir Yoga For People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It.
Dyer, John4John Dyer (1699–1757) was a Welsh poet who wrote in the English language.
Dyke, Henry van59Henry van Dyke (10 November 1852 – 10 April 1933) was an American author, educator, poet, playwright, and clergyman.
Dylan, Bob358Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American folk and rock singer-songwriter, born in Duluth, Minnesota.
Dylan, Jakob10Jakob Luke Dylan (born 9 December 1969) is the lead singer and songwriter of the rock band The Wallflowers, a solo artist, and the son of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.
Dyson, Freeman73Freeman John Dyson (born 15 December 1923) is an English-born American physicist, mathematician, and futurist, famous for his work in quantum mechanics, nuclear weapons design and policy, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He was the winner of the Templeton Prize in the year 2000.
Dzagoev, Alan6Alan Yelizbarovich Dzagoev (born June 17, 1990) is a Russian international football midfielder who plays for CSKA Moscow.
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