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August 12: George Soros (1930)

It was on this date, August 12, 1930, that Hungarian-born American multi-billionaire, business magnate, investor and philanthropist George Soros was born Schwartz György in Budapest. His family name was changed in 1936 from Schwartz to Soros because of systemic anti-Semitism.

Posted in Business, Economics, Philosopher, Social Reformer

July 6: Peter Singer (1946)

It was on this date, July 6, 1946, that Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer was born Peter Albert David Singer in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The product of Viennese Jewish parents who emigrated after Austria’s annexation by Nazi Germany, three of

Posted in Education, Philosopher, Social Reformer, Writer

June 14: Che Guevara (1928)

It was on this date, June 14, 1928, that Argentine-born Marxist revolutionist, physician and military leader Che Guevara was born Ernesto Guevara (Lynch) in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. He grew up in a family which already had leftist leanings, but

Posted in Journalism/Media, Medicine, Philosopher, Poet, Politics, Social Reformer, Writer

May 20: John Stuart Mill

Mill said he believed in a “probable God,” or a “limited liability God,” but disbelieved in miracles and immortality.

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Posted in Famous Freethinkers, Philosopher, Politics, Writer

May 7: David Hume

Boswell reported that whenever Hume “heard a man was religious, he concluded that he was a rascal.”

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January 8: Stephen Hawking (1942)

It was on this date, January 8, 1942, that English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author of A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford. He entered Oxford University in 1959, showing an interest in classical music and

Posted in Education, Philosopher, Science

December 7: Noam Chomsky (1928)

It was on this date, December 7, 1928, that American linguist, logician, political commentator and activist Noam Chomsky was born Avram Noam Chomsky into an affluent Jewish family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His family was highly educated and instilled in Chomsky

Posted in Education, Philosopher, Politics, Psychology, Writer

November 27: Bruce Lee (1940)

It was on this date, November 27, 1940, that Chinese-American martial artist, actor and creator of Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee (李小龍) was born Lee Jun-fan (李振藩) in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the son of a Chinese opera star father and

Posted in Entertainer, Film, Philosopher

November 23: Jennifer Michael Hecht (1965)

It was on this date, November 23, 1965, that American poet, historian, philosopher, and author Jennifer Michael Hecht was born on Long Island, in New York. By 1995 she had earned her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Columbia

Posted in Education, History, Journalism/Media, Philosopher, Poet, Religion, Science

September 8: Michael Shermer (1954)

It was on this date, September 8, 1954, that American science writer and science historian Michael Shermer was born Michael Brant Shermer in Glendale, California. Shermer earned a B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, an M.A. in experimental psychology from

Posted in Education, Famous Freethinkers, Philosopher, Science, Writer
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