People by name, N with Quotes

212 people with 3,850 quotes

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N. G. L. Hammond12Nicholas Geoffrey Lemprière Hammond (November 15, 1907 – March 24, 2001) was a British historian.
N. T. Rama Rao6Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (May 28, 1923 – January 18, 1996) known by his initials NTR or Anna garu, was an Indian film actor, director, producer, and politician. He acted in over 320 Telugu films and was considered as one of the leading method actors of Indian cinema, He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1968, recognizing his contribution to Telugu cinema. After his career in films, NTR entered politics. He founded the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1982 and served three tumultuous terms as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh between 1983 and 1995. At the national level, he was instrumental in the formation of the National Front, a coalition of non-Congress parties which governed India from 1989 until 1990.
Nabokov, Vladimir59Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (22 April (O.S. 10 April) 1899 – 2 July 1977) was a Russian-American writer. He wrote his first literary works in Russian, but rose to international prominence as a masterly prose stylist for the novels he composed in English; his Lolita (1955) is frequently cited as one of the most important novels of the 20th century.
Nachman of Breslov18Nachman of Breslov (April 4 1772 – October 16 1810), known as Reb Nachman of Breslov or simply as Rebbe Nachman, was the founder of the Breslov Hasidic dynasty.
Nadal, Rafael12Rafael Nadal (born June 3, 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently ranked No. 1 in the world.
Nadanian, Ashot10Ashot Nadanian (born 19 September 1972 in Baku) is an Armenian chess International Master, Honoured Coach of Armenia and FIDE Trainer. In chess opening theory there are two variations named after him: the Nadanian Variation in the Grünfeld Defence and the Nadanian Attack in the Queen's Pawn Opening.
Nadaud, Gustave5Gustave Nadaud (20 February 1820 – 1893) was a French songwriter and chansonnier.
Nadella, Satya2Satya Narayana Nadella (born 1967 in Hyderabad, India) is an Indian American business executive and the current chief executive officer of Microsoft. He was appointed CEO on 4 February 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer.
Nadelmann, Ethan7Ethan Nadelmann (born March 13, 1957, in New York City) is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a New York City-based non-profit organization working to end the war on drugs.
Nader Shah1Nāder Shāh Afshār (November 1688 or August 6, 1698 – June 19, 1747) ruled as Shah of Iran (1736–47) and was the founder of the Afsharid dynasty.
Nader, Ralph14Ralph Nader (born 27 February 1934) is an American lawyer and Green Party politician.
Nafisi, Azar15Azar Nafisi, Ph.D. (Persian: آذر نفیسی) (born December 1, 1955) is an Iranian professor and writer who currently resides in the United States.
Nagarjuna4Nāgārjuna (c. 150 – 250), called the "second Buddha", was an Indian Buddhist priest and thinker. He systematized Mahayana Buddhist philosophy around the central concept of the emptiness (shunyata) of all existents (dharmas).
Nagel, Thomas9Thomas Nagel (born 4 July 1937) is Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University.
Naggum, Erik117Erik Naggum (June 13, 1965 – June 17, 2009) was a Lisp programmer.
Nagin, Ray18Clarence Ray Nagin (born June 11, 1956, in New Orleans) is the Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Nagumo, Chuichi4Chuichi Nagumo (25 March 1887 – 6 July 1944) was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, overseeing the attack on Pearl Harbor. On July 6, during the last stages of the Battle of Saipan, Nagumo committed suicide; not in the traditional method of seppuku, but rather a pistol to the temple. His remains were later found by American Marines in the cave where he spent his last days as the commander of the Saipan defenders. He was posthumously promoted to admiral.
Naidu, Sarojini24Sarojini Naidu (13 February 1879 – 2 March 1949), full name Sarojini Chattopadhyaya (Bengali: সরোজিনী চট্টোপাধ্যায়), also known by the sobriquet as The Nightingale of India, was a child prodigy, Indian independence activist and poet. Naidu was one of the formers of the Indian Constitution. Naidu was the first Indian woman to become the President of the Indian National Congress and the first woman to become the Governor of Uttar Pradesh state. Her birthday is celebrated as Women's Day all over India.
Naipaul, V.S.15Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (born 17 August 1932) is a British writer who was born and raised in Trinidad. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.
Nairne, Carolina, Baroness5Carolina, Baroness Nairne (August 16, 1766 – October 26, 1845), also known as Lady Nairne, was a Scottish songwriter, born in the auld hoose of Gask, Perthshire.
Najib Razak4Najib Razak (born 1953) is a Malaysian politician who has been the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia since 2009. He previously held the post of Deputy Prime Minister from 7 January 2004 until he succeeded Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as Prime Minister on 3 April 2009, and The 13-party Barisan Nasional (National Front), led by Prime Minister Najib Razak, again secured 112 of the 222 parliamentary seats on 5 May 2013, Najib is President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). He is the son of Malaysia's second prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak, and the nephew of Malaysia's third prime minister, Tun Hussein Onn. Najib is also the Minister of Finance.
Najimy, Kathy1Kathy Ann Najimy (born 6 February 1957) is an American actress and comedian of Lebanese heritage, best known as Olive Massery on the television series Veronica's Closet, Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act, Mary Sanderson in Disney's Halloween comedy-drama film Hocus Pocus, and the voice of Peggy Hill on the animated television series King of the Hill.
Nakshawani, Ammar3Sayed Ammar Nakshawani (born 1981) is an Islamic historian, lecturer, and author
Namboodiripad, E. M. S.23E. M. S. Namboodiripad, born Elamkulam Manakkal Sankaran Namboodiripad, (Malyalam: ഏലങ്കുളം മനക്കല്‍ ശങ്കരന്‍ നമ്പൂതിരിപ്പാട്; June 13, 1909 – March 19, 1998), popularly called E. M. S., was an Indian Communist leader, Socialist-Marxist theorist, revolutionary, author, historian, and social commentator. He was the first non-Indian National Congress Chief Minister in Kerala in the Republic of India as the leader of the first democratically elected Communist government in India.
Nanak24Guru Nanak (April 15, 1469 – September 22, 1539) also addressed as Baba Nanak or Nanak Shah founded the religion of Sikhism. He was the first of the ten Sikh Gurus, while the Guru Granth Sahib is considered as the eleventh guru. He travelled widely through out the country propagating the message of one God who dwells in every one of God's creations and constitutes the eternal Truth. His birth is celebrated world-wide on Kartik Puranmashi, the full-moon day which falls on different dates each year in the month of Kartik, October–November.
Nanda, Gulzarilal39Gulzarilal Nanda (July 4, 1898 – January 15, 1998) was an Indian politician and Economist who specialized in labour issues. He was the Prime Minister of India for two short periods following the deaths of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964 and Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966. Both his terms ended after the ruling Indian National Congress's parliamentary party elected a new prime minister. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1997.
Nano, Fatos2Fatos Nano (born September 16, 1952, in Tirana) is an Albanian politician and economist.
Napier, Charles James4Sir Charles James Napier (10 August 1782 – 29 August 1853) was a British general and Commander-in-Chief in India. The city of Napier, New Zealand, is named after him. He is famous for conquering the Sindh province now in present-day Pakistan.
Napier, William Francis Patrick1Sir William Francis Patrick Napier (December 7, 1785 – February 12, 1860) was an Irish soldier in the British Army and a military historian.
Napoleon I of France229Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military general who rose to prominence in the French Revolution, becoming the ruler of France as First Consul of the French Republic (11 November 1799 - 18 May 1804), and then Emperor of the French and King of Italy under the name Napoleon I (18 May 1804 - 6 April 1814, and again briefly from 20 March - 22 June 1815).
Napoleon III8Napoleon III, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (20 April 1808 – 9 January 1873) was President of the French Republic (1849–1852) and Emperor of the French (1852–1870).
Napolitano, Andrew1Andrew Paolo Napolitano (born June 6, 1950) is a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge and now a political and legal analyst for Fox News Channel. Napolitano started on the channel in 1998, and currently serves as the network's senior judicial analyst, commenting on legal news and trials. He also hosts the talk show Freedom Watch on Fox Business Channel.
Narayan, R. K.9R. K. Narayan (10 October 1906 – 13 May 2001), full name Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami, was an Indian writer, best known for his works set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He is one of three leading figures of early Indian literature in English (alongside Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao), and is credited with bringing the genre to the rest of the world. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times, but never won the honor.
Narayan, Ram4Ram Narayan (born 25 December 1927) is an Indian classical musician who became the first internationally successful sarangi player.
Narayanananda, Swami10Swami Narayanananda (12 April 1902 – 26 February 1988) was a teacher of Vedanta philosophy. Born in India, he wrote extensively and founded ashramas (monasteries) and centres in India, Denmark, Germany, the United States and other countries. He was the founder of a tradition he called The Universal Religion, implying independence of racial, national, sectarian, or gender distinctions.
Nariman, Fali Sam23Fali Sam Nariman (born January 10, 1929) is an Indian legal legend, a Constitutional jurist and senior advocate to the Supreme Court of India. He is also an internationally recognised authority on international arbitration. He was also Additional Solicitor General of India, Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament of India, and President of the Bar Association of India. He has played a key role in establishing and enforcing the law in India. He has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award of India, and Gruber Prize for Justice.
Narlikar, Jayant Vishnu38Jayant Vishnu Narlikar (born July 19, 1938) is an Indian astrophysicist. Narlikar is a proponent of steady state cosmology. He developed with Sir Fred Hoyle the conformal gravity theory, commonly known as Hoyle–Narlikar theory.
Nas49Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (born September 14, 1973), known as Nas and formerly as Nasty Nas, is an African-American rapper from Queens, New York. He's one of the most influential rappers of the 90's.
Nascimento, Milton1Mlton Nascimento (born 26 October 1942) is a Brazilian singer, composer and musician.
Nash, John1John Nash (11 April 1893 – 23 September 1977) was an English painter, illustrator, and engraver. Nash was the younger brother of Paul Nash and fought in World War I from 1916 to 1918, working as an official war artist from 1918.
Nash, John Forbes15John Forbes Nash, Jr. (June 13, 1928 — May 23, 2015) was an American mathematician, who shared the 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with game theorists Reinhard Selten and John Harsanyi. His works in game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations have provided insight into the factors that govern chance and events inside complex systems in daily life. His theories are used in market economics, computing, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, accounting, politics and military theory.
Nash, Ogden105Ogden Nash (19 August 1902 – 19 May 1971) was an American poet.
Nash, Paul (artist)2Paul Nash (11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946) was an English war artist,landscape painter and noted English surrealist.
Nashe, Thomas7Thomas Nashe (November 1567 – c. 1601) was an English Elizabethan pamphleteer, poet and satirist.
Nasheed, Mohamed8Mohamed Nasheed (born 17 May 1967) is a Maldivian politician and one of the founders of the Maldivian Democratic Party, who served as the fourth President of the Maldives from 2008 to 2012.
Nasrallah, Hassan11Hassan Nasrallah (born 1960) is the current Secretary General of the Lebanese Islamist party Hezbollah.
Nasser, Gamal Abdel15Gamal Abdel Nasser (January 15, 1918 – September 28, 1970; Arabic: جمال عبد الناصر name also transliterated as Jamal Abd al-Naser , "Jamal Abd An-Nasser", and other variants) was the leader of Egypt from 1954 until his death in 1970. He is considered one of the most important political figures in modern Arab history, and in Developing World politics of the 20th century. He was well-known for his nationalist policies and his version of pan-Arabism also referred to as Nasserism, which won a great following in the Arab World during the 1950s and 1960s. Many in the general Arab populace still view Nasser as a symbol of Arab dignity and freedom.
Natan Sharansky6Natan Sharansky (Russian: Натан Щаранский, born January 20, 1948) is a notable Soviet dissident, Israeli politician and writer.
Nathaniel Lindley, Baron Lindley19Nathaniel Lindley, Baron Lindley SL PC FRS (29 November 1828 – 9 December 1921) was an English judge.
Natsume Soseki1Natsume Soseki (February 9, 1867 – December 9, 1916) was the pen name of Natsume Kinnosuke (夏目金之助 ), who is widely considered to be the foremost Japanese novelist of the Meiji Era. He is best known for his novels Kokoro and I Am a Cat. He was also a scholar of British literature and composer of haiku, Chinese-style poetry, and fairy tales.
Nauman, Bruce3Bruce Nauman (born December 6, 1941) is an American artist. His practice spans a broad range of media including sculpture, photography, neon, video, drawing, printmaking, and performance. Nauman lives near Galisteo, New Mexico.
Nawaz, Maajid8Maajid Nawaz (born 2 November 1978) is a British activist, author and politician.
Neal A. Maxwell6Neal Ash Maxwell (1926-07-06 – 2004-07-21) Elder Neal A. Maxwell served as a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from July 23, 1981 to July 21, 2004. He served as a member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy from 1976 to 1981, and as an Assistant to the Twelve from 1974 to 1976.
Neaves, Charles2Lord Charles Neaves (1800–1876) was a Scottish theologian, judge and writer.
Nechayev, Sergey10Sergey Gennadiyevich Nechayev (also Sergei Nechaev, Сергей Геннадиевич Нечаев), born October 2, 1847, died either November 21 or December 3, 1882) was a Russian revolutionary figure associated with the Nihilist movement and known for his single-minded pursuit of revolution by any means necessary, including political violence.
Nechvatal, Joseph4Joseph Nechvatal (born 1951) is a post-conceptual digital artist and art theoretician who creates computer-assisted paintings and computer animations, often using custom-created computer viruses.
Necro (rapper)2Necro (Ron Raphael Braunstein) (born June 7, 1976) is an American rapper, record producer, business owner, actor and director.
Ned Rorem4Ned Rorem (born 23 October 1923) is a composer.
Néel, Louis1Louis Eugène Félix Néel (November 22, 1904 – November 17, 2000) was a French physicist born in Lyon. He was corecipient (with the Swedish astrophysicist Hannes Alfvén) of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1970 for his pioneering studies of the magnetic properties of solids.
Neerman, Johan3Johan Neerman (born May 24, 1959, Kortrijk, West Flanders) is a Belgium architect, inventor, industrial designer, system thinker focusing on urban mobility, transport systems, naval design and architecture.
Nefertiti2Neferneferuaten Nefertiti (ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC) was the Great Royal Wife (chief consort) of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh. Nefertiti and her husband were known for a religious revolution, in which they worshiped one god only, Aten, or the sun disc
Negroponte, Nicholas17Nicholas Negroponte (born 1 December 1943) is a Greek-American computer scientist best known as founder and director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab.
Nehamas, Alexander7Alexander Nehamas (born 1946 in Athens, Greece) is Professor of philosophy and Edmund N. Carpenter, II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He works on Greek philosophy, aesthetics, Nietzsche, Foucault, and literary theory.
Nehru, Jawaharlal56Jawaharlal Nehru (14 November 1889 – 27 May 1964) was an Indian politician and the first Prime Minister of India.
Neil Peart50Neil Ellwood Peart (born September 12, 1952) is a Canadian writer, lyricist, and drummer for the band Rush.
Neill, A. S.5Alexander Sutherland Neill (17 October 1883 – 23 September 1973), known as A. S. Neill, was a Scottish educator and author known for his school, Summerhill School, and its philosophies of freedom from adult coercion and community self-governance. He wrote 20 books in his lifetime, and his best seller was the 1960 Summerhill, a compilation of four previous books about his school. The book was a common ancestor to activists in the 60s free school movement.
Neill, Sam3Nigel John Dermot "Sam" Neill, DCNZM, OBE (born 14 September 1947) is a Northern Irish-born New Zealand actor.
Neilson, Shaw1John Shaw Neilson (22 February 1872 – 12 May 1942), was an Australian poet.
Neiman, Susan11Dr. Susan Neiman (born 1955) is Director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. A moral philosopher, she is the author of books in English and German, including: Evil in Modern Thought: An alternative history of philosophy; The Unity of Reason: Rereading Kant; and Slow Fire: Jewish notes from Berlin. Her latest book, Moral Clarity: A guide for grownup idealists, was published on 2008-05-01.
Nelli, Pietro5Pietro Nelli (1511–1572) was an Italian poet.
Nelson, Horatio38Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a British naval officer.
Nelson, James C.1James C. Nelson (born February 20, 1944) is a justice on the Montana Supreme Court.
Nelson, Willie20Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed at the end of the 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.
Neneh Cherry1Neneh Cherry (born 10 March 1964) is a musician who blended hip hop with other influences to some mainstream success.
Nerman, Ture4Ture Nerman (18 May 1886 – 7 October 1969) was a Swedish communist politician.
Nero4Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (15 December AD 37 - 9 June AD 68), born Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, was Emperor of Rome from AD 54 to AD 68.
Neruda, Pablo18Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973) was a Chilean poet, born Neftalí Reyes Basoalto (in full, Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto)
Netanyahu, Benjamin31Benjamin Netanyahu (born October 21, 1949), often called Bibi, was the 9th and is the current Prime Minister of Israel and is Chairman of the Likud Party.
Nettleton, Asahel2Asahel Nettleton (April 21, 1783 – May 16, 1844) was an American theologian and pastor from Connecticut who was highly influential during the Second Great Awakening.
Neumann, John von25John von Neumann (28 December 1903 – 8 February 1957) was a Hungarian-American-German-Jewish mathematician and computer scientist, generally regarded as one of the foremost mathematicians of the 20th century.
Nevelson,Louise1Louise Berliawsky Nevelson (September 23, 1899 – April 17, 1988), born Leah Berliawsky, was a U.S. (Ukrainan-born) sculptor.
Neway, Mengistu3Brigadier-General Mengistu Neway (1919 – 30 March 1961) was the commander of the Ethiopian Imperial Bodyguard during the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie. He is noted for being one of the early dissidents of the Emperor's regime and for organizing the 1960 coup attempt with his younger brother Germame.
Newbigin, Lesslie8Lesslie Newbigin (8 December 1909 – 30 January 1998) was a Christian theologian and bishop involved in missiology and the Gospel & Our Culture Movement.
Newbolt, Henry John5Sir Henry John Newbolt (6 June 1862 – 19 April 1938) was an early 20th century English poet, best known for "Vitai Lampada".
Newcomb, Simon7Simon Newcomb (March 12, 1835 – July 11, 1909) was a Canadian-American astronomer and mathematician, and Professor of Mathematics in the U.S. Navy and at Johns Hopkins. Though he had little conventional schooling, he made important contributions to timekeeping as well as writing on economics and statistics and authoring a science fiction novel.
Newell, Allen8Allen Newell (March 19 1927 – July 19 1992) was an American researcher in computer science and cognitive psychology at the RAND corporation and at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science and Turing Award laureates in 1957 with Herbert Simon.
Newell, Gabe6Gabe Newell (born November 3, 1962) is the co-founder and managing director of game development company Valve Corporation.
Newey, Adrian4Adrian Newey (born 26 December 1958) is a British Formula One engineer. He is currently the chief technical officer of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team.
Newkirk, Ingrid57Ingrid Newkirk (born July 11, 1949) is a British-born animal rights activist, and the co-founder and current president of PETA, the world's largest animal rights organization.
Newman, Barnett12Barnett Newman (29 January 1905 – 4 July 1970) was an American artist. He is seen as one of the major figures in abstract expressionism and one of the foremost of the color field painters.
Newman, John Henry30Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (21 February 1801 – 11 August 1890) was an English convert to Catholicism, later made a cardinal.
Newman, Paul38Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor and film director. He won numerous awards, including Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival Award and an Emmy award. Considered an iconic figure in Hollywood history, he was also the founder of Newman's Own, a food company that donates all profits and royalties to charity.
Newman, Robert4Robert "Rob" Newman (born 7 July 1964) is a British stand-up comedian, author and political activist.
Newmark, Craig1Craig Alexander Newmark (born December 6, 1952) is an American Internet entrepreneur best known for being the founder of the San Francisco-based international website Craigslist.
Newsom, Joanna45Joanna Newsom (born 1982) is an American singer-songwriter. She plays the harp, as well as the piano and the harpischord.
Newton, Helmut6Helmut Newton (31 October 1920 – 23 January 2004), born Helmut Neustädter, was a German-Australian photographer.
Newton, Huey P.10Huey Percy Newton (17 February 1942 – 22 August 1989) was co-founder and leader of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, an African-American radical organization that began in October 1966 in Oakland, California.
Newton, John14John Newton (24 July 1725 – 21 December 1807) was a British slave trader who later became an abolitionist and converted to Christianity. He came to be a clergyman and songwriter. He is most famous for writing the lyrics to the historical hymn, Amazing Grace.
Newton, Sir Isaac165Sir Isaac Newton (January 4, 1643 – March 31 1727 or in Old Style: December 25, 1642 – March 20, 1727) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, alchemist, inventor, theologian and natural philosopher. He is often regarded as the most influential scientist in history and is most famous for discovering the Laws of Gravity.
Newton, Virgil Miller15Virgil Miller Newton III (born 1938), also known as Father Cassian, is an American Antiochian Orthodox priest best known for his rehabilitative youth centers.
Nguyen Khanh20Nguyễn Khánh (8 November 1927 – 11 January 2013) was a South Vietnamese military officer and Army of the Republic of Vietnam general who served in various capacities as head of state and prime minister of South Vietnam while at the head of a military junta from January 1964 until February 1965. He was involved in or against many coup attempts, failed and successful, from 1960 until his defeat and exile from South Vietnam in 1965. Khanh lived out his later years with his family, in exile in the United States.
Nguyen Minh Triet1Nguyễn Minh Triết (born in 1942) has been the President of Vietnam since 2006. He was formerly the local head of the Communist Party of Vietnam in Hồ Chí Minh City.
Nhat Tu, Thich13Thích Nhật Từ (born 1 April 1969) is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, a Buddhist reformer, an author, a poet, a psychological consultant, and an active social worker.
Nhu, Ngo Dinh9Madame Nhu (April 15, 1924 – April 24, 2011), also known as Madame Ngô Đình Nhu and born Trần Lệ Xuân, was considered the First Lady of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1963. In 1943, she married Ngô Đình Nhu, and converted from Mahayana Buddhism to Roman Catholicism, her husband's religion. She was influential on government policy and, since her brother-in-law Ngô Đình Diệm was unmarried, was regarded as the "First Lady" of Vietnam. Madame Nhu was sometimes called the "Dragon Lady". She often caused controversy because of her strong anti-Buddhist, pro-Catholic ideology. On November 1, 1963 her brother-in-law and her husband were assassinated in a coup d'état led by General Dương Văn Minh with the understanding that the United States would not intervene. At that time she was in the United States. The military government of Vietnam under General Dương Văn Minh confiscated all of her family's property in Saigon and she was not allowed to return to South Vietnam. She lived in exile in Europe until her death.
Nicholas of Cusa52Nicholas of Cusa (1401 – August 11, 1464), also referred to as Nicolaus Cusanus and Nicholas of Kues, was a German philosopher, theologian, jurist, astronomer, cardinal and mystic of the Catholic Church. One of the first German proponents of Renaissance humanism, he made spiritual and political contributions in European history. A notable example of this is his mystical or spiritual writings on "learned ignorance," as well as his participation in power struggles between Rome and the German states of the Holy Roman Empire.
Nichols, Aidan1John Christopher "Aidan" Nichols OP (born 17 September 1948) is an English academic and Catholic priest.
Nicholson, Ben1Ben Nicholson OM (April 10, 1894 – February 6, 1982) was an English abstract painter. His father was the painter Sir William Nicholson and his sister was Nancy Nicholson.
Nicholson, William13William Benedict Nicholson FRSL (born 12 January 1948) is a British screenwriter, playwright, and novelist who has been nominated twice for an Oscar.
Nicklaus, Jack3Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), also known as "The Golden Bear", is generally regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time.
Nicks, Stevie23Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career.
Nicky Wire7Nicky Wire (born January 20 1969) is a bassist and lyricist for the Manic Street Preachers.
Nico15Nico (16 October 1938 – 18 July 1988), born Christa Päffgen, was a German fashion model, actress, singer, and composer.
Nicolae Paulescu3Nicolae Paulescu (October 30, 1869 – July 17, 1931) was a Romanian physiologist, professor of medicine, and the discoverer of insulin. He is also notable for his teaming up with the anti-Semitic professor A.C. Cuza and influencing Corneliu Zelea Codreanu.
Nicoll, James55James Davis Nicoll (born March 18, 1961) is a Canadian freelance game and speculative fiction reviewer, former role-playing game store owner, and also works as a first reader for the Science Fiction Book Club.
Nicolson, Harold3Sir Harold George Nicolson KCVO CMG (21 November 1886 – 1 May 1968) was an English diplomat, author, diarist and politician.
Niebuhr, Reinhold43Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (June 21 1892 – June 1 1971) was an American Protestant theologian most famous for his efforts to relate the Christian faith to the realities of politics and diplomacy. He is a crucial contributor to modern thinking about what a just war would be.
Niehans, Jürg7Jürg Niehans (Bern, 8 November 1919 - Palo Alto , California, 23 April 2007) was a Swiss economist.
Nielsen, Carl1Carl Nielsen (9 June 1865 – 3 October 1931) was a Danish composer, conductor and violinist.
Nielsen, Rasmus1Rasmus Nielsen (born ca. 1970) is an American biologist and Professor of computational biology at UC Berkeley.
Niemeyer, Oscar12Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho (born 1907-12-15) is a Brazilian architect who is considered one of the most important names in international modern architecture.
Niemöller, Martin17Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller (14 January 1892 – 6 March 1984) was a Protestant pastor and social activist.
Nietzsche, Friedrich338Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, whose critiques of contemporary culture, religion, and philosophy centered on a basic question regarding the foundation of values and morality.
Nieuwenhuizen, Peter van1Peter van Nieuwenhuizen (born October 26, 1938) is a Dutch physicist, best-known for his discovery of supergravity with Sergio Ferrara and Daniel Z. Freedman.
Niffenegger, Audrey6Audrey Niffenegger (born June 13, 1963, in South Haven, Michigan) is an American writer, artist and academic.
Nightingale, Florence65Florence Nightingale (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was a British nurse, a pioneer of modern nursing, and a noted statistician.
Niinistö, Ville3Ville Matti Niinistö (born July 30, 1976) is a Finnish politician. He is a member of the Parliament of Finland, current chairperson of the Green League and served as Minister of the Environment from 2011 to 2014.
Nijinsky, Vaslav5Vaslav Fomich Nijinsky (March 12, 1890 – April 8, 1950) was a famous Russian ballet dancer.
Nikiforova, Maria9Maria Nikiforova (or Marusya; 1885–1919) was an anarchist partisan leader whose activities in the Ukrainian War of Independence influenced the Ukrainian revolutionary Nestor Makhno.
Nikolaj Velimirović2St. Nikolaj Velimirović (Serbian Cyrillic: Николај Велимировић, also spelled Nikolai Velimirovich) (December 23, 1880 (Old Style) – March 18, 1956 (New Style)) was bishop of Ohrid and of Zica of the Serbian Orthodox Church, an influential theological writer and an very gifted orator, therefore also known as The New Chrysostom.
Nile Kinnick27Nile Kinnick (July 9, 1918 – June 2, 1943) was the 1939 Heisman Trophy winner.
Nimitz, Chester30Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz (24 February 1885 – 20 February 1966) was a US Navy officer who was Commander in Chief of Pacific Forces (CINCPAC) for the United States and Allied forces during World War II.
Nimoy, Leonard5Leonard Nimoy (born March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015), best known as "Mr. Spock" in Star Trek, was an American actor and poet.
Nimzowitsch, Aron1Aron Nimzowitsch (Latvian: Ārons Ņimcovičs; born Aron Niemzowitsch and also known as Aaron Nimzovich) (7 November 1886 – 16 March 1935) was a Latvian-born Danish unofficial chess grandmaster1 and a very influential chess writer. He was the foremost figure amongst the hypermoderns.
Nin, Anaïs101Anaïs Nin (Spanish pronunciation: anaˈiz ˈnin; 21 February 1903 – 14 January 1977), born Angela Anais Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, was a French-born author of Spanish, Cuban, and Danish descent who became famous for her published journals, which span more than sixty years, and for her erotica.
Ninio, Jacques1Jacques Ninio (born in Cairo, 1942) is a French specialist in visual perception at the Centre National des Recherches Scientifiques, Paris.
Nirmal Chandra Chatterjee4Nirmal Chandra Chatterjee was the president of the Bengal Hindu Mahasabha and the vice-president of the All-India Hindu Mahasabha.
Nisargadatta Maharaj125Nisargadatta Maharaj (17 April 1897 – 8 September 1981) was a spiritual teacher of nonduality, who lived and taught in Bombay, India. He was very much admired for his direct and informal teaching. He is most famous for the work I Am That.
Nishitani, Keiji5Keiji Nishitani (February 27, 1900 – November 24, 1990) was a Japanese philosopher of the Kyoto School and a disciple of Kitaro Nishida.
Niven, Larry70Laurence van Cott Niven (born 30 April 1938) is an American science fiction author, most famous as the author of Ringworld (1970), his "Known Space" stories, and Niven's laws.
Nix, Garth51Garth Nix (born 19 July 1963) is an Australian author of fantasy novels for young adults.
Nixon, Richard Milhouse103Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974, when he became the only president to resign the office. Nixon had previously served as a Republican U.S. Representative and Senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.
Nizer, Louis4Louis Nizer (6 February 1902 – 10 November 1994) British-born U.S. lawyer; Author of My Life in Court, Thinking On Your Feet, Reflections Without Mirrors
Nkomo, Joshua1Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo (19 June 1917 – 1 July 1999) was a Zimbabwean politician and the founder of the Zimbabwe African People's Union.
Nkrumah, Kwame12Kwame Nkrumah (21 September 1909 – 27 April 1972) was the leader of Ghana from 1951 to 1966.
Noam, Eli1Eli Noam (born August 22, 1946) is a professor of Finance and Economics at the Columbia Business School. He is the director of the Columbia University Institute for Tele-Information.
Nobbs, David1David Nobbs (born 13 March 1935) is an English comedy writer.
Nobel, Alfred3Alfred Nobel (21 October 1833 – 10 December 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, armaments manufacturer and the inventor of dynamite. In his last will, he used his enormous fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes.
Nock, Albert Jay49Albert Jay Nock (13 October 1873 – 19 August 1945) was an influential American author, educational theorist, capitalist anarchist, social critic of the early and middle 20th century, and a philosophical founder of the modern, libertarian conservative movement later embraced by Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and Ron Paul.
Noel, Roden Berkeley Wriothesley2Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel (August 27, 1834 – May 26, 1894), also known as Noël, was an English poet.
Noel, Thomas2Thomas Noel (11 May 1799 – 22 May 1861) was an English poet.
Noem, Kristi6Kristi Lynn Arnold Noem (born November 30, 1971) is the U.S. Representative for South Dakota At-Large. She is a member of the Republican Party and has been appointed to the House Republican Leadership for the 112th United States Congress as one of their two "Freshman Representatives" ("freshman" meaning serving a first term in Congress). She formerly represented the 6th District in the South Dakota House of Representatives and served as the Assistant Majority Leader.
Nolan, Albert14Albert Nolan, O.P. (born 1934) is a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Dominican Order in South Africa.
Nolan, Christopher2Christopher Nolan (born 30 July 1970, in London, England) is a Film director. His films are: Following, Insomnia, Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, and Interstellar.
Nolde, Emil2Emil Nolde (7 August 1867 – 13 April 1956) was a German painter. He was one of the first Expressionists, a member of Die Brücke, and is considered to be one of the great watercolor painters of the 20th century.
Noonan, John T., Jr.3John T. Noonan, Jr. (born October 24, 1936) is a Senior Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Noonan, Peggy13Peggy Noonan (born 7 September 1950) is an author, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and a commentator on broadcast and cable television news shows. She was also a speechwriter for U.S. presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
Noory, George9George Noory (born June 4, 1950) is the weekday host of the late-night radio talk show Coast to Coast AM.
Nooteboom, Cees 12Cees Nooteboom (born July 31, 1933, in The Hague), Dutch author, frequently mentioned for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Nooyi, Indra45Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi (born October 28, 1955) is an Indian-born American businesswoman who is credited with restructuring and diversification of soft-drink manufacturer PepsiCo,Inc.’s brands and making it a profitable enterprise. She became Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world by net revenue in 2006. She Chairman of the board since 2007. She has consistently ranked among the World's 100 Most Powerful Women. In 2013, she has been ranked 10th in the list of Forbes World's 100 most powerful women.
Norberg, Johan7Johan Norberg (born 27 August 1973) is a Swedish writer devoted to promoting globalisation and individual liberty.
Norden, Denis4Denis Mostyn Norden (born 6 February 1922) is an English comedy writer and television presenter.
Norell, Mark7Mark Norell (born July 26, 1957) is an American paleontologist and molecular geneticist, acknowledged as one of the most important living vertebrate paleontologists. He is currently the chairman of paleontology and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. He is best known as the discoverer of the first theropod embryo and for the description of feathered dinosaurs.
Norman Hunter (author)1Norman Hunter (23 November 1899 – 23 February, 1995) was a British children's author, creator of Professor Branestawm.
Norman Malcolm7Norman Malcolm (11 June 1911 – 4 August 1990) was an American philosopher.
Norman, Don25Donald Arthur Norman (born December 25, 1935) is a professor emeritus of cognitive science at University of California, San Diego and a Professor of Computer science at Northwestern University.
Norman, Jessye1Jessye Norman (born September 15, 1945) is an American opera singer.
Norman, John3John Norman (born 3 June 1931) is an American philosopher and science fiction writer.
Norman, Marsha3Marsha Norman (born September 21, 1947) is an American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist most noted for her play 'night Mother, which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Norquist, Grover7Grover Norquist (born October 19, 1956) is an American political advocate, who is founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes all tax increases.
Norris, Chuck4Carlos Ray Norris Jr. (born March 10, 1940) is an American martial artist, action star, and Hollywood actor who is best known for playing Cordell "Cord" Walker on Walker, Texas Ranger, his training with Bruce Lee and for his iconically tough image.
Norris, David10David Norris (born July 1, 1944) is an Irish scholar, independent Senator and civil rights activist.
Norris, John2John Norris (1657–1711) was a philosopher and poet. Born at Collingbourne, Kingston, Wiltshire, 1657, he was educated at Winchester School, and Exeter College, Oxford, gaining a B.A. in 1680. He was later appointed a fellow of All Souls (M.A. 1684). He took orders, and lived a quiet and placid life as a country parson and thinker.
Norris, Kathleen2Kathleen Thompson Norris (July 16, 1880 – January 18, 1966) was a popular American novelist and newspaper columnist. She was one of the most widely read and highest paid women writers in the United States for nearly fifty years, from 1911 to 1959. Her stories appeared in the Atlantic, The American Magazine, McClure's, Everybody's, Ladies' Home Journal and Woman's Home Companion, and she wrote 93 novels, many of which were best sellers. She used her fiction to promote values including the sanctity of marriage, the nobility of motherhood, and the importance of service to others.
North, Douglass12Douglass Cecil North (born November 5, 1920) is an American economist known for his work in economic history. He is the co-recipient with Robert William Fogel of the 1993 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
North, Marianne1Marianne North (24 October 1830 – 30 August 1890), an English naturalist and flower-painter, was born at Hastings, the eldest daughter of a Norfolk landowner, descended from Roger North.
North, Roger1Roger North KC (3 September 1653 – 1 March 1734) was an English lawyer, biographer and amateur musician. He was the sixth son of the 4th Baron North.
North, Ryan15Ryan North (born October 20, 1980) is the creator and author of Dinosaur Comics, and co-creator of Whispered Apologies.
Northcote, James1James Northcote RA (22 October 1746 – 13 July 1831) was an English painter.
Norton, Caroline Elizabeth Sarah8Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (22 March, 1808– 15 June, 1877) was an English feminist, social reformer, and author of the early and mid-nineteenth century.
Norton, Charles Eliot1Charles Eliot Norton (November 16, 1827 – October 21, 1908) was a leading American author, social critic, and professor of art. He was a militant idealist, a progressive social reformer, and a liberal activist whom many of his contemporaries considered the most cultivated man in the United States. Today, his name is borne by a series of lectures (Charles Eliot Norton Lectures) held annually by distinguished professors at Harvard.
Norton, David L.13David Lloyd Norton (March 27, 1930 – July 24, 1995) was an American philosopher, who taught at the University of Delaware for 29 years. In 1976 Princeton University Press published his book Personal Destinies: A Philosophy of Ethical Individualism, which received wide notice.
Norton, Edward1Edward H Norton (born August 18, 1969) is an Oscar-nominated American actor and film director.
Norton, Eleanor Holmes1Eleanor Holmes Norton (born June 13, 1937) is a member of the United States House of Representatives but is not a full voting member. She is a Delegate to Congress representing the District of Columbia, a position which carries more limited voting powers compared to full House members.
Norton, Joshua A.12Joshua Abraham Norton (also known as Emperor Norton I) (c. 1819 – 8 January 1880) was an eccentric resident of San Francisco who proclaimed himself Emperor of the United States.
Nostradamus6Michel de Notredame or Michel de Nostredame (14 December 1503 – 1 July 1566) French physician, astrologer, occultist and author of almanacs, most famous for his book Les Propheties; known primarily as Nostradamus, the latinization of his given name.
Notley, Rachel2Rachel Anne Notley (born April 17, 1964) is a Canadian politician and lawyer and the current Premier of Alberta. She is currently the member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-Strathcona, and leader of the Alberta New Democratic Party.
Nouwen, Henri18Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen (January 24, 1932 – September 21, 1996) was a Dutch Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life.
Nouy, Pierre Lecomte du2Pierre Lecomte du Noüy (1883–1947) was a French biophysicist and philosopher.
Novack, George1George Novack (1905 – 1992) was an American Communist politician and Marxist theoretician.
Novak, Michael1Michael Novak (born 9 September 1933) is an American Catholic philosopher, journalist, novelist, and diplomat. The author of more than twenty-five books on the philosophy and theology of culture, Novak is most widely known for his book The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism (1982).
Novalis91Baron Georg Philipp Friedrich von Hardenberg (2 May 1772 – 25 March 1801) was an author, philosopher and poet of early German Romanticism. He is most commonly known by the pseudonym Novalis (denoting a "clearer of new land" — derived from a tradition of his ancestors, who had called themselves de Novali).
Novella, Steven17Dr. Steven P. Novella (born 29 July 1964) is an American clinical neurologist, assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine, and skeptic.
Novin, Guity16Guity Novin (born April 21, 1944, in Kermanshah) is an Iranian-Canadian painter best known for her style of painting, called Transpressionism.
Novoselic, Krist16Krist Anthony Novoselic II (16 May 1965 – present) is an American rock musician, best known for being the bassist and co-founder of the grunge band Nirvana.  Apart from his musical endeavors, Novoselic has been active politically, including the creation of the political action committee JAMPAC (Joint Artists and Musicians Political Action Committee).  Since 2008 he has been board chair of the electoral reform organization FairVote.
Noyce, Robert1Robert Norton Noyce (December 12, 1927 – June 3, 1990), nicknamed "the Mayor of Silicon Valley", co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1337 and Intel in 1337. He is also credited (along with Jack Kilby) with the invention of the integrated circuit or microchip.
Noyes, Alfred40Alfred Noyes (16 September 1880 – 28 June 1958) was an English poet, short-story writer and playwright.
Nozick, Robert32Robert Nozick (16 November 1938 – 23 January 2002) was an American libertarian philosopher and Pellegrino University Professor at Harvard University.
Nugent, Ted18Ted Nugent (born December 13, 1948), (aka the Nuge and "the Motor City Madman"), is a guitarist from Detroit, Michigan, originally gaining fame as a member of the Amboy Dukes.
Nunberg, Geoffrey1Geoffrey Nunberg (born June 1, 1945) is an American linguist and an adjunct professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information. Nunberg has taught at Stanford University and served as a principal scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center from the mid-1980s to 2000.
Nunn, Sam1Samuel Augustus Nunn, Jr. (born September 8, 1938), known as Sam Nunn, is an American Democratic politician and businessman who served as United States Senator from Georgia (1972–1997).
Nurse, Paul7Sir Paul Maxime Nurse, FRS (born 25 January 1949) is a British biochemist. He was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Leland H. Hartwell and R. Timothy Hunt for their discoveries regarding cell cycle regulation by cyclin and cyclin dependent kinases.
Nutter, Michael3Michael Anthony "Mike" Nutter (born June 29, 1957) is the current Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Nyanaponika Thera18Nyanaponika Thera (born Siegmund Feniger) or Nyaniponika Mahathera (July 21, 1901, Hanau – 19 October 1994, Forest Hermitage, Kandy, Ceylon) was a German-born Sri-Lanka-ordained Theravada monk, co-founder of the Buddhist Publication Society, contemporary author of numerous seminal Theravada books, and teacher of contemporary Western Buddhist leaders such as Bhikkhu Bodhi.
Nydahl, Ole20Ole Nydahl (born March 19, 1941), also known as Lama Ole, is a Danish Lama in the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Since the early 1970s, Nydahl has toured the world giving lectures and meditation courses. With his wife, Hannah Nydahl (1946-2007), he founded Diamond Way Buddhism, a worldwide Karma Kagyu Buddhist organization of lay practitioners.
Nye, Bill71William Sanford "Bill" Nye (born November 27, 1955), popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, scientist and former mechanical engineer, best known as the host of the Disney/PBS children's science show Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993–98) and for his many subsequent appearances in popular media as a science educator.
Nye, Edgar Wilson2Edgar Wilson "Bill" Nye (1850–1896) was a distinguished American journalist, who later became widely known as a humorist. He was also the founder and editor of the Laramie Boomerang.
Nye, Joseph27Joseph Samuel Nye, Jr. (born January 19, 1937) is an American political scientist and former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently holds the position of University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University where he has been a member of the faculty since 1964. In 2011, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers.
Nyerere, Julius)5Julius Kambarage Nyerere (April 13, 1922 – October 14, 1999) served as the first President of Tanzania and previously Tanganyika, from the country's founding in 1964 until his retirement in 1985.
Nygaard, Kristen2Kristen Nygaard (1926–2002) was a Norwegian mathematician, programming language pioneer and politician.
Nyro, Laura14Laura Nyro (18 October 1947 – 8 April 1997) was an American singer, pianist and songwriter; born Laura Nigro.
Nyusi, Filipe1Filipe Jacinto Nyusi (born 9 February 1959), also spelt Nyussi, is a Mozambican politician who served as Mozambique's Minister of Defense from 2008 to 2014. He was the candidate of the ruling party, Frelimo, in the 2014 presidential election.
Nzhdeh, Garegin32Garegin Ter-Harutyunyan, better known by his nome de guerre Garegin Nzhdeh (1 January 1886 – 21 December 1955), was an Armenian statesman and military strategist. As a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, he was involved in national liberation struggle and revolutionary activities during the First Balkan War and World War I. Garegin Nzhdeh was one of the key political and military leaders of the First Republic of Armenia (1918-1921), and is widely admired as a charismatic national hero by Armenians.
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