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International Academy of Humanism

ORGANIZATION

"The International Academy of Humanism was established to recognize distinguished humanists and to disseminate humanistic ideals and beliefs. The members of the academy, listed below, (1) are devoted to free inquiry in all fields of human endeavor, (2) are committed to a scientific outlook and the use of the scientific method in acquiring knowledge, and (3) uphold humanist ethical values and principles. The academy's goals include furthering respect for human rights, freedom, and the dignity of the individual; tolerance of various viewpoints and willingness to compromise; commitment to social justice; a universalistic perspective that transcends national, ethnic, religious, sexual, and racial barriers; and belief in a free and open pluralistic and democratic society." Its President is Paul Kurtz.

Official Website:
http://www.secularhumanism.org/academy/

Founding Date:
1980

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Steve Allen
Talk Show Host
26-Dec-1921 30-Oct-2000 The Tonight Show
Isaac Asimov
Author
2-Jan-1920 6-Apr-1992 Foundation
Arthur C. Clarke
Novelist
16-Dec-1917 19-Mar-2008 2001: A Space Odyssey
Francis Crick
Scientist
8-Jun-1916 28-Jul-2004 Co-Discoverer of the structure of DNA
Richard Dawkins
Biologist
26-Mar-1941   Zoologist and evolutionary biologist
Umberto Eco
Author
5-Jan-1932   Foucault's Pendulum, The Name of the Rose
Betty Friedan
Activist
4-Feb-1921 4-Feb-2006 Rights for women spokesperson
Murray Gell-Mann
Physicist
15-Sep-1929   Quarks and strangeness
Vitaly L. Ginzburg
Physicist
4-Oct-1916 8-Nov-2009 Type-II superconductors
Stephen Jay Gould
Biologist
10-Sep-1941 20-May-2002 Evolutionary scientist
Paul Kurtz
Philosopher
21-Dec-1925   The pope of unbelievers
Jean-Marie Lehn
Chemist
30-Sep-1939   Synthesis of molecules
Salman Rushdie
Novelist
19-Jun-1947   The Satanic Verses
Carl Sagan
Astronomer
9-Nov-1934 20-Dec-1996 Popular astronomer, host of Cosmos
George Soros
Business
12-Aug-1930   Financial speculator
Kurt Vonnegut
Novelist
11-Nov-1922 11-Apr-2007 Slaughterhouse Five
James Watson
Scientist
6-Apr-1928   Co-Discoverer of DNA
Harvey Weinstein
Film/TV Producer
19-Mar-1952   Miramax and The Weinstein Co.
Edward O. Wilson
Biologist
10-Jun-1929   Father of Sociobiology


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