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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Alexei A. Abrikosov
Physicist
25-Jun-1928   Particle physicist, explored superconductivity
Louis Adamic
Author
23-Mar-1899 4-Sep-1951 Laughing in the Jungle
Valdas Adamkus
Head of State
3-Nov-1926   President of Lithuania, 2004-09
Ilesanmi Adesida
Educator
c. 1949   Dean, College of Engineering, UIUC
Robert Adler
Physicist
4-Dec-1913 15-Feb-2007 Invented wireless remote control
Licia Albanese
Singer
22-Jul-1913   Operatic soprano, La Bohème
Madeleine Albright
Diplomat
15-May-1937   Bill Clinton's Secretary of State
Frances Alda
Singer
31-May-1879 18-Sep-1952 Operatic soprano, NY Metropolitan Opera
Sholem Aleichem
Author
2-Mar-1859 13-May-1916 Fiddler on the Roof
Ernst F. W. Alexanderson
Inventor
25-Jan-1878 14-May-1975 Developed radio and television at GE and RCA
Kenneth Alibek
Biologist
c. 1951   Biological weapons designer
Ana Alicia
Actor
12-Dec-1956   Melissa Gioberti on Falcon Crest
Isabel Allende
Novelist
2-Aug-1942   The House of Spirits
Sara Allgood
Actor
31-Oct-1879 13-Sep-1950 How Green Was My Valley
Joaquim de Almeida
Actor
15-Mar-1957   Clear and Present Danger
Sidney Altman
Chemist
7-May-1939   Proved enzyme role of RNA
Albert Anastasia
Criminal
26-Feb-1902 25-Oct-1957 Gambino crime boss
Pamela Anderson
Actor
1-Jul-1967   Baywatch
Sigurd Anderson
Politician
22-Jan-1904 21-Dec-1990 Governor of South Dakota, 1951-55
Mario Andretti
Auto Racing
28-Feb-1940   Indy car racer
Paul Anka
Singer/Songwriter
30-Jul-1941   Put Your Head on My Shoulder
Anousheh Ansari
Business
12-Sep-1966   Telecom executive, space tourist
Piers Anthony
Novelist
6-Aug-1934   Xanth, Incarnations of Immortality
Rocky Aoki
Business
9-Oct-1938 10-Jul-2008 Benihana founder
Elizabeth Arden
Business
31-Dec-1878 18-Oct-1966 Founder, Elizabeth Arden Co.
Hannah Arendt
Philosopher
14-Oct-1906 4-Dec-1975 Origins of Totalitarianism
Ted Arison
Business
1924 1-Oct-1999 Founder of Carnival Cruise Line
Tommy Armour
Golf
24-Sep-1894 12-Sep-1968 Winner of 3 Majors
Desi Arnaz
Actor
2-Mar-1917 2-Dec-1986 Ricky Ricardo on I Love Lucy
Peter Arnett
Journalist
13-Nov-1934   Reporter during the Persian Gulf War
Daniel I. Arnon
Biologist
14-Nov-1910 20-Dec-1994 Photophosphorylation
J. Hugo Aronson
Politician
1-Sep-1891 25-Feb-1978 Governor of Montana, 1953-61
Isaac Asimov
Author
2-Jan-1920 6-Apr-1992 Foundation
Charles Atlas
Fitness Guru
30-Oct-1892 23-Dec-1972 Former 97-pound weakling
W. H. Auden
Poet
21-Feb-1907 29-Sep-1973 The Age of Anxiety
Leopold Auer
Violinist
7-Jun-1845 15-Jul-1930 Hungarian violinist, teacher
Roy L. Austin
Diplomat
13-Dec-1939   US Ambassador to Trinidad
Oswald Avery
Biologist
21-Oct-1877 20-Feb-1955 Antibodies and DNA
Ramani Ayer
Business
27-May-1947   CEO of The Hartford, 1997-2009
John Badham
Film Director
25-Aug-1939   Saturday Night Fever
Leo Baekeland
Scientist
14-Nov-1863 23-Feb-1944 Father of plastics
Ralph Baer
Inventor
8-Mar-1922   Inventor of the home video game console
Adolph Bandelier
Anthropologist
6-Aug-1840 18-Mar-1914 Native cultures of the American southwest
Albert Bandura
Psychologist
4-Dec-1925   Bobo doll experiments
Paul Baran
Engineer
29-Apr-1926 26-Mar-2011 Packet-sharing in computer communications
Rosemary Barkett
Judge
29-Aug-1939   11th Circuit Court of Appeals
Jim Barnes
Golf
8-Apr-1886 24-May-1966 Winner of 4 Majors
Georges Barrère
Musician
31-Oct-1876 14-Jun-1944 Franco-American flautist
Jacques Barzun
Historian
30-Nov-1907 25-Oct-2012 From Dawn to Decadence
Gregory Bateson
Anthropologist
9-May-1904 4-Jul-1980 Steps to an Ecology of Mind
Vicki Baum
Novelist
24-Jan-1888 29-Aug-1960 Grand Hotel
Carlos T. Bea
Judge
18-Apr-1934   9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Charles Bedaux
Business
26-Oct-1887 18-Feb-1944 Industrial efficiency expert
Brian Bedford
Actor
16-Feb-1935   The School for Wives
Alexander Graham Bell
Inventor
3-Mar-1847 2-Aug-1922 Inventor of the telephone
Catherine Bell
Actor
14-Aug-1968   Sarah MacKenzie on JAG
Baruj Benacerraf
Scientist
29-Oct-1920 2-Aug-2011 Gene control of HLA antigens
Eric Bentley
Critic
14-Sep-1916   The Life of the Drama
Victor L. Berger
Politician
28-Feb-1860 7-Aug-1929 Socialist Rep. from Wisconsin
Maximilian Berlitz
Business
14-Apr-1852 6-Apr-1921 Berlitz Language Schools
Hans Bethe
Physicist
2-Jul-1906 6-Mar-2005 Atomic scientist
Bruno Bettelheim
Psychologist
28-Aug-1903 13-Mar-1990 Fraudulent child psychologist
E. Power Biggs
Organist
29-Mar-1906 10-Mar-1977 Anglo-American organist
Elizabeth H. Blackburn
Scientist
26-Nov-1948   Co-Discoverer of telomerase
Elizabeth Blackwell
Doctor
3-Feb-1821 31-May-1910 America's first woman doctor
Tony Blankley
Pundit
21-Jan-1948 7-Jan-2012 McLaughlin Group pundit
H. P. Blavatsky
Author
12-Aug-1831 8-May-1891 Founded Theosophy; The Secret Doctrine
Günter Blobel
Scientist
21-May-1936   Protein signaling in cells
Erich Bloch
Business
9-Jan-1925   Director of NSF, 1984-90
Ernest Bloch
Composer
24-Jul-1880 15-Jul-1959 Schelomo
Felix Bloch
Physicist
23-Oct-1905 10-Sep-1983 Nuclear magnetic resonance
Konrad Bloch
Scientist
21-Jan-1912 15-Oct-2000 Cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism
Nicolaas Bloembergen
Physicist
11-Mar-1920   Nonlinear optics
W. Michael Blumenthal
Government
3-Jan-1926   US Secretary of the Treasury, 1977-79
Franz Boas
Anthropologist
9-Jul-1858 22-Dec-1942 Father of American Anthropology
Hector Boiardi
Chef
22-Oct-1897 21-Jun-1985 Chef Boy-Ar-Dee
Bart Jan Bok
Astronomer
28-Apr-1906 5-Aug-1983 Bok globules
Joseph Bonanno
Criminal
18-Jan-1905 12-May-2002 Bonanno crime family
Victor Borge
Pianist
3-Jan-1909 23-Dec-2000 Comedic pianist
Kenneth E. Boulding
Economist
18-Jan-1910 18-Mar-1993 The Image: Knowledge of Life in Society
Louise Bourgeois
Sculptor
25-Dec-1911 31-May-2010 Crouching Spider
Antoinette Bower
Actor
30-Sep-1932   Fox Devlin on Neon Rider
George E. P. Box
Mathematician
18-Oct-1919 28-Mar-2013 Statistician at University of Wisconsin
Charles Boyer
Actor
28-Aug-1899 26-Aug-1978 Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Willard S. Boyle
Physicist
19-Aug-1924 7-May-2011 Digital photography
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Novelist
5-May-1933   Emma Harte saga
Eric Braeden
Actor
3-Apr-1941   The Young and the Restless
Egon Brecher
Actor
16-Feb-1880 12-Aug-1946 So Dark the Night
Joseph Brodsky
Poet
24-May-1940 28-Jan-1996 "Social parasite" turned Poet Laureate
Geraldine Brooks
Novelist
14-Sep-1955   March
Rodney Brooks
Scientist
30-Dec-1954   Robotics and artificial intelligence researcher
Pierce Brosnan
Actor
16-May-1951   Remington Steele, James Bond
Dirk Brouwer
Astronomer
1-Sep-1902 31-Jan-1966 Celestial mechanics
Ernest W. Brown
Astronomer
29-Nov-1866 22-Jul-1938 Tables of the Motion of the Moon
Georg Stanford Brown
Actor
24-Jun-1943   Officer Webster on The Rookies
Herbert C. Brown
Chemist
22-May-1912 19-Dec-2004 Discovered organoboranes
Tina Brown
Editor
21-Nov-1953   The Daily Beast and Newsweek
Coral Browne
Actor
23-Jul-1913 29-May-1991 The Killing of Sister George
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Government
28-Mar-1928   National Security Advisor, 1977-81
Algis Budrys
Author
9-Jan-1931 9-Jun-2008 Rogue Moon
David Buick
Engineer
17-Sep-1854 6-Mar-1929 Designed the first Buick motorcars
Gerald Bull
Inventor
8-Mar-1928 22-Mar-1990 Supergun builder
E. Margaret Burbidge
Astronomer
12-Aug-1919   Synthesis of the elements in stars
Geoffrey Burbidge
Astronomer
24-Sep-1925 26-Jan-2010 Quasi-steady state cosmology
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Novelist
24-Nov-1849 29-Oct-1924 Little Lord Fauntleroy
Mark Burnett
Film/TV Producer
17-Jul-1960   Survivor, Eco-Challenge, etc.
Arthur F. Burns
Economist
27-Apr-1904 6-Jun-1987 Chairman of the Federal Reserve, 1970-78
Adolphus Busch
Business
10-Jul-1839 10-Oct-1913 Made Anheuser's brewery profitable
Columba Bush
Relative
1953   Wife of Florida governor Jeb Bush
Stuart Butler
Activist
c. 1946   Heritage Foundation
Semyon Bychkov
Conductor
30-Nov-1952   Conductor, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Religion
15-Jul-1850 22-Dec-1917 Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
Joseph Cao
Politician
13-Mar-1967   Congressman from Louisiana, 2009-11
Robert Capa
Photographer
22-Oct-1913 25-May-1954 War photographer
Mario Capecchi
Scientist
6-Oct-1937   Knock-out mice
Frank Capra
Film Director
18-May-1897 3-Sep-1991 It's A Wonderful Life
Frederick Carder
Artist
18-Sep-1863 10-Dec-1963 "Aurene" glass artist
Anton J. Carlson
Biologist
29-Jan-1875 2-Sep-1956 The Machinery of the Body
Stokely Carmichael
Activist
29-Jun-1941 15-Nov-1998 Black separatist, Pan-Africanist
Rudolf Carnap
Philosopher
18-May-1891 14-Sep-1970 The Logical Syntax of Language
Jim Carrey
Actor
17-Jan-1962   Rubber-faced fartsmith
Oleg Cassini
Fashion Designer
11-Apr-1913 17-Mar-2006 Fashion designer
Carlos Castaneda
Author
25-Dec-1925 27-Apr-1998 The Teachings of Don Juan
Raúl H. Castro
Politician
12-Jun-1916   Governor of Arizona, 1975-77
Max Cavalera
Musician
4-Aug-1969   Sepultura frontman
Paul L. Cejas
Business
1943   US Ambassador to Belgium, 1998-2001
Henry Chadwick
Journalist
5-Oct-1824 20-Apr-1908 Father of baseball
Nanci Chambers
Actor
1-Oct-1963   Lt. Loren Singer on JAG
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
Astronomer
19-Oct-1910 21-Aug-1995 Evolutionary stages of stars
Eileen Chang
Author
30-Sep-1920 8-Sep-1995 Lust, Caution
Erwin Chargaff
Biologist
11-Aug-1905 20-Jun-2002 Biochemist at Columbia University
Charo
Singer
13-Mar-1941   Cuchi Cuchi
Leslie Charteris
Novelist
12-May-1907 15-Apr-1993 Created Simon Templar
Joan Chen
Actor
26-Apr-1961   The Last Emperor
Louis Chevrolet
Auto Racing
25-Dec-1878 6-Jun-1941 Designed the first Chevrolet
Christo
Artist
13-Jun-1935   Gift-wraps large monuments
Stoyan Christowe
Author
1-Sep-1898 28-Dec-1995 Heroes and Assassins
Winston Churchill
Head of State
30-Nov-1874 24-Jan-1965 WWII Prime Minister of England
Tansu Ciller
Politician
9-Oct-1946   Prime Minister of Turkey, 1993-96
Albert Claude
Scientist
23-Aug-1899 22-May-1983 Microstructure of the cell
James Clavell
Novelist
10-Oct-1924 7-Sep-1994 Shogun and The Great Escape
Andrei Codrescu
Author
20-Dec-1946   Exquisite Corpse
William Colgate
Business
25-Jan-1783 25-Jan-1857 Toothpaste empirebuilder
Nadia Comaneci
Gymnastics
12-Nov-1961   Olympic gymnast
Alistair Cooke
Journalist
20-Nov-1908 29-Mar-2004 Alistair Cooke's America
Helene Cooper
Journalist
22-Apr-1966   NY Times editorial board
Carl Cori
Scientist
5-Dec-1896 20-Oct-1984 Catalytic conversion of glycogen
Gerty Cori
Scientist
15-Aug-1896 26-Oct-1957 Catalytic conversion of glycogen
Allan M. Cormack
Physicist
23-Feb-1924 7-May-1998 Computerized axial tomography (CAT scans)
André F. Cournand
Scientist
24-Sep-1895 19-Feb-1988 Cardiac catheterization
Dinesh D'Souza
Author
25-Apr-1961   Conservative author
Lili Damita
Actor
19-Jul-1901 21-Mar-1994 The Bridge of San Luis Rey
George Dangerfield
Historian
28-Oct-1904 26-Dec-1986 The Strange Death of Liberal England
Denise Darcel
Actor
8-Sep-1925 23-Dec-2011 Vera Cruz
James J. Davis
Government
27-Oct-1873 22-Nov-1947 US Secretary of Labor, 1921-30
Richard Dawson
Game Show Host
20-Nov-1932 2-Jun-2012 Host of Family Feud, 1976-85
Yvonne De Carlo
Actor
1-Sep-1922 8-Jan-2007 Lily on The Munsters
André de Toth
Film Director
15-May-1912 27-Oct-2002 House of Wax
Nicholas L. Deak
Business
8-Oct-1905 18-Nov-1985 Deak-Perera
John Gunther Dean
Diplomat
24-Feb-1926   US Ambassador to India, 1985-88
Gerard Debreu
Economist
4-Jul-1921 31-Dec-2004 Supply and demand theorist
Peter Debye
Physicist
24-Mar-1884 2-Nov-1966 Studied molecular structure, dipoles
Hans G. Dehmelt
Physicist
9-Sep-1922   Co-Inventor of the ion trap
Johann Deisenhofer
Chemist
30-Sep-1943   Proteins of photosynthesis
Max Delbrück
Scientist
4-Sep-1906 10-Mar-1981 Molecular structure of viral genes (phages)
John Demjanjuk
Criminal
3-Apr-1920 17-Mar-2012 Retired auto worker convicted for Nazi past
Charles J. Van Depoele
Inventor
27-Apr-1846 18-Mar-1892 Trolley car pioneer
John Derbyshire
Author
3-Jun-1945   Conservative pundit
Martin Deutsch
Physicist
29-Jun-1917 16-Aug-2002 Discovered positronium
Marlene Dietrich
Actor
27-Dec-1901 6-May-1992 The Blue Angel
T. G. Dobzhansky
Scientist
25-Jan-1900 18-Dec-1975 Genetics and the Origin of Species
Ernst von Dohnányi
Composer
27-Jul-1877 9-Feb-1960 Opus 25
Antal Doráti
Conductor
9-Apr-1906 13-Nov-1988 Conductor, Minneapolis Symphony, 1949-60
Robert Dornhelm
Film Director
17-Dec-1947   Anne Frank: The Whole Story
John William Draper
Chemist
5-May-1811 4-Jan-1882 Radiant energy and portrait photography
Peter Drucker
Business
19-Nov-1909 11-Nov-2005 Management guru
Marcel Duchamp
Artist
28-Jul-1887 2-Oct-1968 Lead proponent of Dadaism
Renato Dulbecco
Scientist
22-Feb-1914 20-Feb-2012 Tumor viruses and host genetics
Dermot Dunphy
Business
15-Apr-1932   CEO of Sealed Air, 1971-99
Robert C. Dynes
Educator
8-Nov-1942   President, University of California, 2003-08
Freeman Dyson
Physicist
15-Dec-1923   Theoretical physicist at Institute for Advanced Study
Victor J. Dzau
Doctor
1946   CEO of Duke University Health System
Sheena Easton
Singer
27-Apr-1959   My Baby Takes The Morning Train
Sibel Edmonds
Government
1969   Former FBI translator
Gus Edwards
Songwriter
18-Aug-1879 7-Nov-1945 By the Light of the Silvery Moon
André Eglevsky
Dancer
21-Dec-1917 4-Dec-1977 Preeminent ballet dancer
Samuel Eilenberg
Mathematician
30-Sep-1913 30-Jan-1998 Category theory
Hermann Eilts
Diplomat
23-Mar-1922 12-Oct-2006 US Ambassador to Egypt, 1973-79
Albert Einstein
Physicist
14-Mar-1879 18-Apr-1955 Theory of relativity
Alfred Eisenstaedt
Photographer
6-Dec-1898 23-Aug-1995 Life magazine photographer
David James Elliott
Actor
21-Sep-1960   JAG
Mischa Elman
Violinist
20-Jan-1891 5-Apr-1967 Ukrainian-American violin prodigy
John Ericsson
Inventor
31-Jul-1803 8-Mar-1889 Built the ironclad USS Monitor
Erik Erikson
Psychologist
15-Jun-1902 12-May-1994 Eight Stages of Development
Jaime Escalante
Educator
31-Dec-1930 30-Mar-2010 Celebrated high school calculus teacher
Maurice Evans
Actor
3-Jun-1901 12-Mar-1989 Dr. Zaius in Planet of the Apes
Patrick Ewing
Basketball
5-Aug-1962   New York Knicks, 1986-2000
Sergei Fedorov
Hockey
13-Dec-1969   Columbus Blue Jackets
Colin Ferguson
Actor
22-Jul-1972   Eureka
Craig Ferguson
Talk Show Host
17-May-1962   "It's a great day for America"
Enrico Fermi
Physicist
29-Sep-1901 29-Nov-1954 First controlled nuclear chain reaction
Jim Ferrier
Golf
24-Feb-1915 13-Jun-1986 Winner, 1947 PGA Championship
Emanuel Feuermann
Cellist
22-Nov-1902 25-May-1942 Cellist
Paul K. Feyerabend
Philosopher
13-Jan-1924 11-Feb-1994 Against Method
Rudolf Firkusny
Pianist
11-Feb-1912 19-Jul-1994 Czech-American piano prodigy
Siegfried Fischbacher
Magician
13-Jun-1939   Siegfried and Roy
Edmond H. Fischer
Scientist
6-Apr-1920   Protein phosphorylation
Errol Flynn
Actor
20-Jun-1909 14-Oct-1959 Robin Hood
Megan Follows
Actor
14-Mar-1968   Anne of Green Gables
Glenn Ford
Actor
1-May-1916 30-Aug-2006 Gilda, Blackboard Jungle
Milos Forman
Film Director
18-Feb-1932   One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Werner Fornos
Activist
1933   The Population Institute
Rosemary Forsyth
Actor
6-Jul-1943   The War Lord
Lukas Foss
Conductor
15-Aug-1922 1-Feb-2009 Director, Buffalo Philharmonic, 1963-71
Michael J. Fox
Actor
9-Jun-1961   Back to the Future
William Fox
Film/TV Producer
1-Jan-1879 8-May-1952 Founder of 20th Century Fox
Peter Frampton
Musician
22-Apr-1950   Do You Feel Like We Do
James Franck
Physicist
26-Aug-1882 21-May-1964 Franck-Hertz experiment
Max Frankel
Journalist
3-Apr-1930   The New York Times
Charles Fried
Government
15-Apr-1935   US Solicitor General, 1985-89
William Friedman
Scientist
24-Sep-1891 12-Nov-1969 Cryptography pioneer
David Frum
Pundit
30-Jun-1960   Coined "Axis of Evil"
Alfred C. Fuller
Business
13-Jan-1885 4-Dec-1973 Founder of Fuller Brush Company
Elizabeth Furse
Politician
13-Oct-1936   Congresswoman from Oregon, 1993-99
Brigitte Gabriel
Activist
21-Oct-1964   American Congress for Truth
John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist
15-Oct-1908 29-Apr-2006 Modern economics renegade
James Gamble
Business
3-Apr-1803 29-Apr-1891 Co-Founder of Procter & Gamble
George Gamow
Physicist
4-Mar-1904 19-Aug-1968 Proponent of Big Bang Theory
John C. Garand
Inventor
1-Jan-1888 16-Feb-1974 M-1 semiautomatic rifle
Greta Garbo
Actor
18-Sep-1905 15-Apr-1990 Vanted to be alone
Mary Garden
Singer
20-Feb-1874 3-Jan-1967 Operatic soprano
Peter Gay
Historian
20-Jun-1923   The Enlightenment: An Interpretation
Frank Gehry
Architect
28-Feb-1929   Postmodern architect
Yousif B. Ghafari
Business
27-Sep-1952   US Ambassador to Slovenia
Domenico Ghirardelli
Business
21-Feb-1817 17-Jan-1894 Founder of Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
Riccardo Giacconi
Astronomer
6-Oct-1931   Discovered cosmic X-ray sources
Ivar Giaever
Physicist
5-Apr-1929   Tunneling through superconductors
Khalil Gibran
Poet
6-Jan-1883 10-Apr-1931 The Prophet
Kurt Gödel
Mathematician
28-Apr-1906 14-Jan-1978 Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems
Alexander Godunov
Dancer
28-Nov-1949 18-May-1995 Bolshoi, ABT ballet dancer
Maria Goeppert-Mayer
Physicist
28-Jun-1906 20-Feb-1972 Shell nuclear model
Erving Goffman
Sociologist
11-Jun-1922 19-Nov-1982 The Presentation of Self
Maurice Goldhaber
Physicist
18-Apr-1911 11-May-2011 Neutrons
Emma Goldman
Anarchist
27-Jun-1869 14-May-1940 Anarchist and feminist libertarian
Samuel Goldwyn
Film/TV Producer
17-Aug-1882 31-Jan-1974 Put the G in MGM
Samuel Gompers
Labor Leader
27-Jan-1850 13-Dec-1924 First President of the AFL
Fredi Gonzalez
Baseball
28-Jan-1964   Manager, Atlanta Braves
Richard R. Goodmanson
Business
1947   COO of DuPont
William Russell Grace
Business
10-May-1832 21-Mar-1904 Founder of W. R. Grace & Company
Oskar Maria Graf
Author
22-Jul-1894 28-Jun-1967 Wir sind Gefangene
Percy Grainger
Composer
8-Jul-1882 20-Feb-1961 Country Gardens
Stewart Granger
Actor
6-May-1913 16-Aug-1993 King Solomon's Mines
Jennifer Granholm
Politician
5-Feb-1959   Governor of Michigan, 2003-11
Cary Grant
Actor
18-Jan-1904 29-Nov-1986 North by Northwest
Zvi Griliches
Economist
12-Sep-1930 4-Nov-1999 Technology, Education, and Productivity
Walter Gropius
Architect
18-May-1883 5-Jul-1969 Founder of the Bauhaus school
Ulu Grosbard
Film Director
9-Jan-1929 19-Mar-2012 The Subject Was Roses
George Grosz
Artist
26-Jul-1893 6-Jul-1959 German social caricaturist
Victor Gruen
Architect
18-Jul-1903 14-Feb-1980 Popularized the shopping mall
Edgar Guest
Poet
20-Aug-1881 5-Aug-1959 A Heap o' Livin'
Meyer Guggenheim
Business
1-Feb-1828 15-Mar-1905 Patriarch of Guggenheim fortune
Roger Guillemin
Scientist
11-Jan-1924   Hypothalamic hormones (brain peptides)
Ozzie Guillen
Baseball
20-Jan-1964   Former Manager, Miami Marlins
Vin Gupta
Business
c. 1948   CEO, InfoUSA
Carlos Gutierrez
Government
4-Nov-1953   US Secretary of Commerce, 2005-09
Mohan Gyani
Business
c. 1951   CEO of AT&T Wireless, 2000-03
Andrew Smith Hallidie
Inventor
16-Mar-1836 24-Apr-1900 Designed the first cable car system
Jan Hammer
Musician
17-Apr-1948   Wrote the theme for Miami Vice
Pamela Harriman
Diplomat
20-Mar-1920 5-Feb-1997 Socialite and Ambassador to France, 1993-97
Frank Harris
Author
14-Feb-1856 26-Aug-1931 My Life and Loves
John C. Harsanyi
Economist
29-May-1920 9-Aug-2000 Game theory
Geoffrey Hartman
Critic
11-Aug-1929   The Unmediated Vision
Phil Hartman
Actor
24-Sep-1948 28-May-1998 Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure
Martin Harwit
Astronomer
9-Mar-1931   Helium-cooled rockets and infrared spectroscopy
Derek C. Hathaway
Business
c. 1945   CEO of Harsco, 1994-2007
S. I. Hayakawa
Politician
19-Jul-1906 27-Feb-1992 Semanticist and US Senator
Shirley Hazzard
Novelist
30-Jan-1931   The Transit of Venus
Jascha Heifetz
Violinist
2-Feb-1901 10-Dec-1987 Violin virtuoso
Teresa Heinz
Relative
5-Oct-1938   Wife of John Kerry
Skitch Henderson
Conductor
27-Jan-1918 1-Nov-2005 Original Tonight Show bandleader
Peter Blair Henry
Economist
30-Jul-1969   Dean, Stern School of Business
Victor Herbert
Composer
1-Feb-1859 24-May-1924 Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life
Victor Francis Hess
Physicist
24-Jun-1883 17-Dec-1964 Proved cosmic origin of radiation
James Hillier
Physicist
22-Aug-1915 15-Jan-2007 Electron microscope
Christopher Hitchens
Journalist
13-Apr-1949 15-Dec-2011 Agent provocateur
David Ho
Doctor
3-Nov-1952   AIDS researcher
James Hoban
Architect
c. 1758 8-Dec-1831 Architect of the White House
Pete Hoekstra
Politician
30-Oct-1953   Congressman from Michigan, 1993-2011
Nicholas J. Hoff
Engineer
3-Jan-1906 4-Aug-1997 Aluminum in aircraft design
Roald Hoffmann
Chemist
18-Jul-1937   Woodward-Hoffmann reaction
Stanley Hoffmann
Historian
27-Nov-1928   Gulliver's Troubles
Hans Hofmann
Painter
21-Mar-1880 17-Feb-1966 Abstract expressionist, art teacher
Johannes Holtfreter
Zoologist
9-Jan-1901 13-Nov-1992 Chemotaxis
Bob Hope
Comic
29-May-1903 27-Jul-2003 Centenarian comic
Anthony Hopkins
Actor
31-Dec-1937   Hannibal Lecter
Roy Horn
Magician
3-Oct-1944   Siegfried and Roy
Karen Horney
Psychologist
16-Sep-1885 4-Dec-1952 Disputed Freud's concept of "penis envy"
Vladimir Horowitz
Pianist
1-Oct-1903 5-Nov-1989 Virtuoso pianist
Mieczyslaw Horszowski
Pianist
23-Jun-1892 22-May-1993 Polish-American pianist
Sally Ann Howes
Actor
20-Jul-1930   Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Norman Hsu
Philanthropist
Oct-1951   Notorious Democratic donor
David H. Hubel
Scientist
27-Feb-1926   Neurophysiology of vision
Conrad Hubert
Business
15-Apr-1856 12-Mar-1928 Flashlights
William Hung
Singer
13-Jan-1983   Hong Kong Ricky Martin on American Idol
Sol Hurok
Theatre Producer
9-Apr-1888 5-Mar-1974 American impresario
Leonid Hurwicz
Economist
21-Aug-1917 24-Jun-2008 Mechanism design theory
Jock Hutchison
Golf
6-Jun-1884 27-Sep-1977 Winner of 2 Majors
Oscar Hammerstein I
Theatre Producer
8-May-1847 1-Aug-1919 Olympia Theatre
Martin Indyk
Diplomat
c. 1951   US Ambassador to Israel, 1995-97, 2000-01
Neeme Järvi
Conductor
7-Jun-1937   Principal Conductor, Residentie Orchestra
Tony Jay
Actor
2-Feb-1933 13-Aug-2006 Voice and character actor
Peter Jennings
Journalist
29-Jul-1938 7-Aug-2005 Former anchor, ABC World News Tonight
Hans Jonas
Philosopher
10-May-1903 5-Feb-1993 Gnostic philosopher
John Percival Jones
Politician
27-Jan-1829 12-Nov-1912 US Senator from Nevada, 1873-1903
Andrea Jung
Business
1959   CEO of Avon
Joseph M. Juran
Scientist
24-Dec-1904 28-Feb-2008 The Pareto Principle
Louis Kahn
Architect
20-Feb-1901 17-Mar-1974 Prominent architect
Otto Kahn
Business
21-Feb-1867 29-Mar-1934 Banker with Kuhn, Loeb & Co.
Daniel Kahneman
Psychologist
5-Mar-1934   The psychology of economics
Eric R. Kandel
Scientist
7-Nov-1929   Signal transduction in the nervous system
Charles K. Kao
Scientist
4-Nov-1933   Fiber optics
Theodore von Kármán
Mathematician
11-May-1881 7-May-1963 Kármán vortices
Vera Katz
Politician
3-Aug-1933   Mayor of Portland Oregon, 1993-2005
Munr Kazmir
Business
c. 1957   CEO, Direct Meds, Inc.
Joyce L. Kennard
Judge
6-May-1941   Justice, California Supreme Court
Arthur E. Kennelly
Physicist
17-Dec-1861 18-Jun-1939 Kennelly-Heaviside layer
Graham Kerr
Chef
22-Jan-1934   The Galloping Gourmet
H. Gobind Khorana
Scientist
9-Jan-1922 9-Nov-2011 RNA's role in protein synthesis
Jay C. Kim
Politician
27-Mar-1939   Congressman from California, 1993-99
Henry Kissinger
Government
27-May-1923   US Secretary of State, 1973-77
Maria M. Klawe
Educator
5-Jul-1951   President, Harvey Mudd College
Otto Klemperer
Conductor
14-May-1885 6-Jul-1973 Prominent German conductor
Werner Klemperer
Actor
22-Mar-1920 6-Dec-2000 Col. Klink on Hogan's Heroes
Hildegard Knef
Actor
28-Dec-1925 1-Feb-2002 The Murderers Are Among Us
Max Kohl
Business
12-May-1901 14-Dec-1981 Kohl's Department Stores
Walter Kohn
Chemist
9-Mar-1923   Density-functional theory
Willem Johan Kolff
Scientist
14-Feb-1911 11-Feb-2009 Artificial kidney, artificial heart
Paul Kollsman
Inventor
22-Feb-1900 17-Mar-1982 Barometric altimeter
Milton R. Konvitz
Educator
12-Mar-1908 5-Sep-2003 Cornell Professor, Labor and Industrial Relations
Tjalling C. Koopmans
Economist
28-Aug-1910 26-Feb-1985 Linear programming
André Kostelanetz
Conductor
22-Dec-1901 13-Jan-1980 André Kostelanetz Presents
Serge Koussevitzky
Conductor
26-Jul-1874 4-Jun-1951 Music Director, Boston Symphony, 1924-49
James L. Kraft
Business
11-Dec-1874 Feb-1953 Inventor of processed cheese
Fritz Kreisler
Violinist
2-Feb-1875 29-Jan-1962 Austrian violin virtuoso
Kurt Kreuger
Actor
23-Jul-1916 12-Jul-2006 The Enemy Below
Johan Kriek
Tennis
5-Apr-1958   Winner, 1981 and 1982 Australian Open
Ryszard Kuklinski
Spy
13-Jun-1930 10-Feb-2004 Polish Cold War era spy who worked with CIA
Sanjay Kumar
Business
1962   Former CEO, Computer Associates
Polykarp Kusch
Physicist
26-Jan-1911 20-Mar-1993 Magnetic moment of the electron
Marquis de Lafayette
Military
6-Sep-1757 20-May-1834 French revolutionary in America
Hedy Lamarr
Actor
9-Nov-1913 19-Jan-2000 Actress, invented frequency hopping
Elsa Lanchester
Actor
28-Oct-1902 26-Dec-1986 Bride of Frankenstein
George W. Landau
Diplomat
4-Mar-1920   US Ambassador to Venezuela, 1982
Elissa Landi
Actor
6-Dec-1904 21-Oct-1948 The Count of Monte Cristo
Karl Landsteiner
Scientist
14-Jun-1868 26-Jun-1943 Discovered blood typing
Franklin K. Lane
Government
15-Jul-1864 18-May-1921 US Secretary of the Interior, 1913-20
Lillie Langtry
Socialite
13-Oct-1853 12-Feb-1929 Mistress of future King Edward VII
Angela Lansbury
Actor
16-Oct-1925   Murder She Wrote
Meyer Lansky
Criminal
2-Jul-1902 15-Jan-1983 The brains behind the Mafia's money
Charles Laughton
Actor
1-Jul-1899 15-Dec-1962 Island of Lost Souls
Tsung-Dao Lee
Physicist
25-Nov-1926   Violations of parity law
Wen Ho Lee
Victim
21-Dec-1939   Allegedly spied for China
Yuan T. Lee
Chemist
29-Nov-1936   Crossed molecular beam experiments
Eva Le Gallienne
Actor
11-Jan-1899 3-Jun-1991 New York Civic Repertory Theater
Anthony J. Leggett
Physicist
26-Mar-1938   Particle physicist, explored superfluidity
Lotte Lehmann
Singer
27-Feb-1888 26-Aug-1976 German-American operatic soprano
Erich Leinsdorf
Conductor
4-Feb-1912 11-Sep-1993 Music Director, Boston Symphony, 1962-69
Ivan Lendl
Tennis
7-Mar-1960   The Father of Modern Tennis
Wassily Leontief
Economist
5-Aug-1906 5-Feb-1999 Structure of the American Economy
Abba Lerner
Economist
28-Oct-1903 27-Oct-1982 The Economics of Control
Gerda Lerner
Historian
30-Apr-1920 2-Jan-2013 The Woman in American History
Denise Levertov
Poet
24-Oct-1923 20-Dec-1997 With Eyes at the Back of Our Heads
Rita Levi-Montalcini
Scientist
22-Apr-1909 30-Dec-2012 Nerve and skin cell growth factors
Kurt Lewin
Psychologist
9-Sep-1890 12-Feb-1947 Field theorist, group dynamicist
Bernard Lewis
Scholar
31-May-1916   Middle East scholar
Willy Ley
Author
2-Oct-1906 24-May-1969 The Conquest of Space
Hadassah Lieberman
Relative
Mar-1948   Wife of Joseph Lieberman
Viveca Lindfors
Actor
29-Dec-1920 25-Oct-1995 Night Unto Night
Bai Ling
Actor
10-Oct-1970   Anna and the King
Art Linkletter
TV Personality
17-Jul-1912 26-May-2010 Kids Say the Darndest Things
Fritz Lipmann
Scientist
12-Jun-1899 24-Jul-1986 Carbohydrate oxidation
Rich Little
Comic
26-Nov-1938   Comic and voice impressionist
Nastia Liukin
Gymnastics
30-Oct-1989   Five medals in 2008 Beijing Olympics
John Loder
Actor
3-Jan-1898 26-Dec-1988 Sabotage
Otto Loewi
Scientist
3-Jun-1873 25-Dec-1961 Acetylcholine as a neurotransmitter
Raymond Loewy
Designer
5-Nov-1893 14-Jul-1986 Father of industrial design
Karina Lombard
Actor
21-Jan-1964   The L Word
Guy Lombardo
Musician
19-Jun-1902 5-Nov-1977 The Royal Canadians
Johnny Longden
Jockey
14-Feb-1907 14-Feb-2003 Winner, 1943 Triple Crown
Claudine Longet
Musician
29-Jan-1942   TV actress got 30 days for murder
Bernard Lown
Doctor
7-Jun-1921   Inventor of defibrillator, peace activist
Bela Lugosi
Actor
20-Oct-1882 16-Aug-1956 Dracula
Paul Lukas
Actor
26-May-1887 15-Aug-1971 Watch on the Rhine
Keye Luke
Actor
18-Jun-1904 12-Jan-1991 Charlie Chan's No. 1 Son, Lee
Salvador Luria
Biologist
13-Aug-1912 6-Feb-1991 Natural selection in bacteria
Ranan Lurie
Cartoonist
26-May-1932   Hugely popular political cartoonist
Willem J. Luyten
Astronomer
7-Mar-1899 21-Nov-1994 Stellar mortician
Alan G. MacDiarmid
Chemist
14-Apr-1927 7-Feb-2007 Metallic polymers
Norm MacDonald
Comic
17-Oct-1963   Former Weekend Update host on SNL
Charlotte MacLeod
Novelist
12-Nov-1922 14-Jan-2005 Mystery novelist, Peter Shandy Series
Patrick Macnee
Actor
6-Feb-1922   Mr. Steed on The Avengers
Joseph Magliocco
Criminal
29-Jun-1898 28-Dec-1963 Colombo Family Boss, 1962-63
Joseph Maher
Actor
29-Dec-1933 17-Jul-1998 Chancellor Willoughby on Goode Behavior
John Mahoney
Actor
20-Jun-1940   Martin Crane on Frasier
Mako
Actor
10-Dec-1933 21-Jul-2006 Akiro "The Wizard" in the Conan series
Judith Malina
Actor
4-Jun-1926   Co-Founder, The Living Theatre
Howie Mandel
Comic
29-Nov-1955   Host of Deal Or No Deal
Thomas Mann
Novelist
6-Jun-1875 12-Aug-1955 Buddenbrooks
David Manners
Actor
30-Apr-1901 23-Dec-1998 Dracula
Rudolph A. Marcus
Chemist
21-Jul-1923   Electron-transfer reactions
Herbert Marcuse
Philosopher
19-Jul-1898 29-Jul-1979 One-Dimensional Man
Hans Mark
Physicist
17-Jun-1929   US Air Force Secretary, 1979-81
Margaret H. Marshall
Judge
1-Sep-1944   Massachusetts Chief Justice
Mel Martinez
Government
23-Oct-1946   US Senator from Florida, 2005-09
Jamie Masada
Business
c. 1963   Laugh Factory owner
Ilona Massey
Actor
16-Jun-1910 20-Aug-1974 Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Raymond Massey
Actor
30-Aug-1896 29-Jul-1983 Things to Come
Louis B. Mayer
Film/TV Producer
4-Jul-1885 29-Oct-1957 The final M in MGM
Peter Mayhew
Actor
19-May-1944   Chewbacca in Star Wars
Ernst Mayr
Biologist
5-Jul-1904 3-Feb-2005 Evolutionary biologist
John McCormack
Singer
14-Jun-1884 16-Sep-1945 Operatic tenor, Irish balladeer
Dean McDermott
Actor
16-Nov-1966   Constable Turnbull on Due South
Claude McKay
Novelist
15-Sep-1890 22-May-1948 Home to Harlem
Victor McLaglen
Actor
11-Dec-1883 7-Nov-1959 The Informer
Marian McPartland
Jazz Musician
20-Mar-1918   Piano Jazz
John McVie
Bassist
26-Nov-1945   Bassist for Fleetwood Mac
Mike Medavoy
Business
21-Jan-1941   TriStar, Orion, Phoenix Pictures chairman
Ved Mehta
Author
21-Mar-1934   Face to Face
Christoph Meili
Victim
21-Apr-1968   Whistleblower, fired by Union Banque Suisse
Lauritz Melchior
Singer
20-Mar-1890 18-Mar-1973 Wagnerian operatic tenor
Thomas Mellon
Business
3-Feb-1813 3-Feb-1908 Patriarch of the Mellon dynasty
Michael Melvill
Astronaut
11-Nov-1941   First private astronaut in space
Ana Mendieta
Performance Artist
18-Nov-1948 8-Sep-1985 Feminist performance artist
Ottmar Mergenthaler
Inventor
11-May-1854 28-Oct-1899 Automated typesetting
Albert A. Michelson
Physicist
19-Dec-1852 9-May-1931 Measured the speed of light
Ivana Milicevic
Actor
26-Apr-1974   Head Over Heels
Ray Milland
Actor
3-Jan-1907 10-Mar-1986 The Lost Weekend
Czeslaw Milosz
Poet
30-Jun-1911 14-Aug-2004 Polish novelist and poet, The Captive Mind
Nathan Milstein
Violinist
31-Dec-1904 21-Dec-1992 Virtuoso violinist, interpreter of Bach
Stephan Minikes
Attorney
29-Aug-1938 24-Sep-2011 US Ambassador to the OSCE, 2001-05
Rudolph Minkowski
Astronomer
28-May-1895 4-Jan-1976 Galaxies in collision
Jessica Mitford
Journalist
11-Sep-1917 23-Jul-1996 The American Way of Death
Dimitri Mitropoulos
Conductor
1-Mar-1896 2-Nov-1960 Conductor, NY Philharmonic, 1949-58
Franco Modigliani
Economist
18-Jun-1918 25-Sep-2003 Life-cycle theory
Donald Moffat
Actor
26-Dec-1930   British-American character actor
Mario J. Molina
Chemist
19-Mar-1943   Ozone depletion
Ashley Montagu
Anthropologist
28-Jun-1905 26-Nov-1999 The Natural Superiority of Women
Pierre Monteux
Conductor
4-Apr-1875 1-Jul-1964 Music Director, SF Symphony, 1935-52
Matt Moore
Actor
8-Jan-1888 20-Jan-1960 Irish-American character actor
Owen Moore
Actor
12-Dec-1886 9-Jun-1939 Irish-American character actor
Tom Moore
Actor
1-May-1883 12-Feb-1955 Irish-American character actor
Oskar Morgenstern
Economist
24-Jan-1902 26-Jul-1977 Game theorist
Alanis Morissette
Singer
1-Jun-1974   Jagged Little Pill
Alan Mowbray
Actor
18-Aug-1896 25-Mar-1969 Founding member, Screen Actors Guild
John Muir
Activist
21-Apr-1838 24-Dec-1914 Patron saint of Yosemite National Park
Bharati Mukherjee
Novelist
27-Jul-1940   The Tiger's Daughter
William Mulholland
Engineer
11-Sep-1855 22-Jul-1935 Los Angeles Aqueduct
Steven Muller
Educator
22-Nov-1927 19-Jan-2013 President of Johns Hopkins, 1972-90
Talbot Mundy
Novelist
23-Apr-1879 5-Aug-1940 King of the Khyber Rifles
Rupert Murdoch
Business
11-Mar-1931   Founder and CEO of News Corp
Conrad Murray
Doctor
19-Feb-1953   Michael Jackson's personal physician
Elon Musk
Business
28-Jun-1971   CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors
Mike Myers
Comic
25-May-1963   Austin Powers
Vladimir Nabokov
Novelist
23-Apr-1899 2-Jul-1977 Lolita
James Naismith
Basketball
6-Nov-1861 28-Nov-1939 Inventor of Basketball
Yoichiro Nambu
Physicist
18-Jan-1921   Spontaneous broken symmetry
Graham Nash
Musician
2-Feb-1942   Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Thomas Nast
Cartoonist
27-Sep-1840 7-Dec-1902 American political caricaturist
Martina Navratilova
Tennis
18-Oct-1956   Nine-time Wimbledon winner
Alla Nazimova
Actor
22-May-1879 13-Jul-1945 Blood and Sand
Liam Neeson
Actor
7-Jun-1952   Rob Roy, Gangs of New York
Pola Negri
Actor
31-Dec-1894 1-Aug-1987 Sultry silent film diva
Ragnvald A. Nestos
Politician
12-Apr-1877 15-Jul-1942 Governor of North Dakota, 1921-25
Gerry Neugebauer
Astronomer
3-Sep-1932   Infrared astronomy
Richard John Neuhaus
Religion
14-May-1936 8-Jan-2009 Catholic priest
Haing S. Ngor
Victim
22-Mar-1940 25-Feb-1996 The Killing Fields
Leslie Nielsen
Actor
11-Feb-1926 28-Nov-2010 Airplane!
John W. Nordstrom
Business
15-Feb-1871 1-Oct-1963 Founder of Nordstrom
Milo O'Shea
Actor
2-Jun-1926 2-Apr-2013 Ulysses
Severo Ochoa
Scientist
24-Sep-1905 1-Nov-1993 Synthesized RNA
Shavo Odadjian
Bassist
22-Apr-1974   Bassist, System of a Down
Soon-Tek Oh
Actor
29-Jan-1943   Frequently on M*A*S*H
Masi Oka
Actor
27-Dec-1974   Hiro Nakamura on Heroes
Michel Oksenberg
Scholar
12-Oct-1938 22-Feb-2001 Leading sinologist
George A. Olah
Chemist
22-May-1927   Isolated carbonium ions
Hakeem Olajuwon
Basketball
21-Jan-1963   Houston Rockets
Claes Oldenburg
Sculptor
28-Jan-1929   Pop-Art sculptor
Lars Onsager
Chemist
27-Nov-1903 5-Oct-1976 Fourth Law of Thermodynamics
Marian P. Opala
Judge
20-Jan-1921 11-Oct-2010 Justice, Oklahoma Supreme Court, 1978-2010
Eugene Ormandy
Conductor
18-Nov-1899 12-Mar-1985 Music Director, Philadelphia Orchestra, 1938-80
Bohdan Paczynski
Astronomer
8-Feb-1940 19-Apr-2007 Gravitational microlensing
Nam June Paik
Artist
20-Jul-1932 29-Jan-2006 Korean-American video artist
George E. Palade
Scientist
19-Nov-1912 7-Oct-2008 Microstructure of the cell
John M. Palms
Physicist
6-Jun-1935   President, University of South Carolina, 1991-2002
Pief Panofsky
Physicist
24-Apr-1919 24-Sep-2007 Stanford Linear Accelerator
Andreas Papandreou
Head of State
5-Feb-1919 23-Jun-1996 Twice Prime Minister of Greece
George Papanicolaou
Scientist
13-May-1883 19-Feb-1962 Pap smear
Cecilia Parker
Actor
26-Apr-1905 25-Jul-1993 Marian Hardy in Andy Hardy series
Joe Pasternak
Film/TV Producer
19-Sep-1901 13-Sep-1991 Destry Rides Again
Elizabeth Paté-Cornell
Educator
17-Aug-1948   Risk analysis expert, Stanford professor
Isabel Paterson
Author
22-Jan-1886 10-Jan-1961 The God of the Machine
Vivek Paul
Business
1958   Vice Chairman of Wipro, 1999-2005
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
Astronomer
10-May-1900 7-Dec-1979 Hydrogen in the Sun
Charles J. Pedersen
Chemist
3-Oct-1904 26-Oct-1989 Synthesis of crown ethers
P. James E. Peebles
Astronomer
25-Apr-1935   Galaxy formation
I. M. Pei
Architect
26-Apr-1917   Designed Louvre's glass pyramid
Leonard Peikoff
Philosopher
15-Oct-1933   Proseletyzer of objectivism
Arno Penzias
Astronomer
26-Apr-1933   Detected primordial radiation
Charles Pfizer
Chemist
1824 19-Oct-1906 Founder of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Graham H. Phillips
Business
c. 1939   CEO of Young & Rubicam, 1999-2000
Gregor Piatigorsky
Cellist
17-Apr-1903 6-Aug-1976 Russian-American cello virtuoso
Jean Piccard
Aviator
28-Jan-1884 28-Jan-1963 Extreme balloonist
Christina Pickles
Actor
17-Feb-1935   Judy Geller on Friends
Frances Fox Piven
Activist
10-Oct-1932   Regulating The Poor
Charles Platt
Author
1945   Science fiction novelist
James D. Plummer
Educator
3-Dec-1944   Dean of Stanford's Engineering School
Lily Pons
Singer
12-Apr-1898 13-Feb-1976 French-American coloratura soprano
Éleuthère Irénée du Pont
Business
24-Jun-1771 31-Oct-1834 Founder of DuPont
William J. Porter
Diplomat
1-Sep-1914 15-Mar-1988 US Ambassador to Algeria, Vietnam, Korea
Dith Pran
Journalist
27-Sep-1942 30-Mar-2008 Subject of The Killing Fields
Heinz C. Prechter
Business
19-Jan-1942 6-Jul-2001 The sunroof king
André Previn
Pianist
6-Apr-1929   Concert pianist and orchestral conductor
William Procter
Business
7-Dec-1801 4-Apr-1884 Co-Founder of Procter & Gamble
Joe Profaci
Criminal
2-Oct-1897 7-Jun-1962 Colombo Family Boss, 1928-62
Wolfgang Puck
Chef
8-Jan-1949   Spago restaurant
Isidor Isaac Rabi
Physicist
29-Jul-1898 11-Jan-1988 Magnetic beam resonances
Sergei Rachmaninov
Composer
20-Mar-1873 28-Mar-1943 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Bogdan Raczynski
Electronic Musician
c. 1977   Boku Mo Wakaran
Rosa Raisa
Singer
30-May-1893 28-Sep-1963 Operatic soprano
David Rakoff
Author
27-Nov-1964 9-Aug-2012 Don't Get Too Comfortable
Vera Ralston
Actor
12-Jun-1921 9-Feb-2003 Dakota
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
Scientist
1952   Ribosomes
Manny Ramirez
Baseball
30-May-1972   12-time All-Star outfielder
Ayn Rand
Author
2-Feb-1905 6-Mar-1982 Atlas Shrugged
James Randi
Magician
7-Aug-1928   The Amazing Randi
Prem Rawat
Religion
10-Dec-1957   Guru Maharaj Ji
Ian C. Read
Business
c. 1953   CEO of Pfizer
Helen Reddy
Singer/Songwriter
25-Oct-1941   She is Woman
Lynn Redgrave
Actor
8-Mar-1943 2-May-2010 The Happy Hooker
Roger Rees
Actor
5-May-1944   Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Wilhelm Reich
Scientist
24-Mar-1897 3-Nov-1957 Founder of Orgonomy
Fritz Reiner
Conductor
19-Dec-1888 15-Nov-1963 Music Director, Chicago Symphony, 1953-62
Max Reinhardt
Theater Director
9-Sep-1873 30-Oct-1943 Filmed A Midsummer Night's Dream
Eric Reissner
Mathematician
5-Jan-1913 1-Nov-1996 Reissner shear-deformation plate theory
Erich Maria Remarque
Novelist
22-Jun-1898 25-Sep-1970 All Quiet on the Western Front
Oscar de la Renta
Fashion Designer
22-Jul-1932   Colorful and flirty fashion designer
Rick Rescorla
Victim
27-May-1939 11-Sep-2001 Anticipated both WTC attacks, died in 9/11
Harry Revel
Composer
21-Dec-1905 3-Nov-1958 Poor Little Rich Girl
Alejandro Rey
Actor
8-Feb-1930 21-May-1987 Carlos Ramirez on The Flying Nun
Nicholas A. Rey
Business
23-Jan-1938 14-Jan-2009 US Ambassador to Poland, 1993-97
Tony Rezko
Business
1955   Chicago chain restaurateur
Nicholas V. Riasanovsky
Historian
21-Dec-1923 14-May-2011 A History of Russia
Marc Rich
Criminal
18-Dec-1934   Pardoned by Clinton
Natasha Richardson
Actor
11-May-1963 18-Mar-2009 Widows' Peak
Meshulam Riklis
Business
2-Dec-1923   Corporate raider
Irv Robbins
Business
6-Dec-1917 5-May-2008 Co-Founder of Baskin-Robbins
Sabato Rodia
Artist
12-Feb-1879 19-Jul-1965 Watts Towers
Félix Rodríguez
Spy
31-May-1941   Bay of Pigs, Iran-Contra operative
Artur Rodzinski
Conductor
2-Jan-1892 27-Nov-1958 Conductor, NY Philharmonic, 1943-47
Felix Rohatyn
Business
29-May-1928   Financier, Lazard Frères
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Architect
27-Mar-1886 17-Aug-1969 The Glass Skyscraper
O. E. Rölvaag
Novelist
22-Apr-1876 5-Nov-1931 Giants in the Earth
Sigmund Romberg
Composer
29-Jul-1887 9-Nov-1951 The New Moon
Ernestine Rose
Activist
13-Jan-1810 4-Aug-1892 Suffragette and abolitionist
Abe Rosenthal
Journalist
2-May-1922 10-May-2006 NY Times Executive Editor, 1977-86
Bruno Rossi
Astronomer
13-Apr-1905 21-Nov-1993 Rossi curve and magnetopause
Mstislav Rostropovich
Cellist
27-Mar-1927 27-Apr-2007 Cellist and conductor
Nouriel Roubini
Economist
29-Mar-1958   Dr. Doom, Roubini Global Economics
Ilana D. Rovner
Judge
21-Aug-1938   7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Artur Rubinstein
Pianist
28-Jan-1887 20-Dec-1982 Polish-American piano virtuoso
Max Rudolf
Conductor
15-Jun-1902 28-Feb-1995 Director, Cincinnati Symphony, 1958-71
Hector Ruiz
Business
25-Dec-1945   CEO of Advanced Micro Devices
Eero Saarinen
Architect
20-Aug-1910 1-Sep-1961 Designed Gateway Arch in St. Louis
Albert Sabin
Biologist
26-Aug-1906 3-Mar-1993 Developed oral polio vaccine
Sabu
Actor
27-Jan-1924 2-Dec-1963 Jungle Book
Ruben Salazar
Journalist
3-Mar-1928 29-Aug-1970 L.A. Times reporter killed on the job
Edwin E. Salpeter
Astronomer
3-Dec-1924 26-Nov-2008 Quantitative electron microscopic autoradiography
Carlos Santana
Musician
20-Jul-1947   House is dark, pots are cold
Wallace Sargent
Astronomer
15-Feb-1935   Astrophysicist at CalTech
George Sarton
Historian
31-Aug-1884 22-Mar-1956 Introduction to the History of Science
Andrew V. Schally
Scientist
30-Nov-1926   Hypothalamic hormones (brain peptides)
Catherine Schell
Actor
17-Jul-1944   Maya on Space: 1999
Béla Schick
Doctor
16-Jul-1877 6-Dec-1967 Schick test for diphtheria
Jacob Schiff
Business
10-Jan-1847 25-Sep-1920 New York banker
Heinrich Schliemann
Archaeologist
6-Jan-1822 26-Dec-1890 Discoverer of ancient Troy
Maarten Schmidt
Astronomer
28-Dec-1929   Co-Discoverer of quasars
Artur Schnabel
Pianist
17-Apr-1882 15-Aug-1951 Pianist and classical composer
Rose Schneiderman
Labor Leader
16-Apr-1882 11-Aug-1972 Union leader of the 1920s-'50s
Arnold Schoenberg
Composer
13-Sep-1874 13-Jul-1951 Emancipated dissonance
Bernard A. Schriever
Military
14-Sep-1910 20-Jun-2005 US Air Force space program
Jean Schwartz
Songwriter
4-Nov-1878 30-Nov-1956 Chinatown, My Chinatown
Frederick A. O. Schwarz
Business
18-Oct-1836 17-May-1911 Founder of FAO Schwarz
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor
30-Jul-1947   Governor of California, 2003-11
Martin Schwarzschild
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2-Dec-1973   Winner of 9 Majors
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Golf
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George Soros
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c. 1940   Former Dow Chemical/Amoco executive
Sammy Sosa
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