List of Humanists

This is a partial list of famous modern humanists, including both secular and religious humanists.










  • Albert Jacquard, French geneticist and essayist.
  • Penn Jillette, American illusionist, comedian, musician, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller in the team Penn & Teller, and advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, libertarianism and free market capitalism.





  • Erwin Neher: German biophysicist and Nobel Laureate in Medicine. Was one of 21 Nobel Laureates who signed the Humanist Manifesto.[6]
  • Huey P. Newton, African-American political and urban activist who, along with Bobby Seale, co-founded the Black Panther Party.
  • Kathleen Nott, British poet, novelist, critic, philosopher and editor.
  • Gary Numan, English singer, composer, and musician.
  • Bill Nye, American science educator, comedian, television host, actor, mechanical engineer, and scientist. Named Humanist of the Year in 2010 by the American Humanist Association.[16]








  • Gore Vidal, American author, playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and political activist.[90] Vidal was Honorary President of the American Humanist Association from April 2009 until his death in 2012,[91] and was presented with the organization's Humanist Arts Award in 1984.
  • Kurt Vonnegut, American author and satirist. Vonnegut was Honorary President of the American Humanist Association from 1992 until his death in 2007, and was named Humanist of the Year in 1992.[8][92] He was a Humanist Laureate in the International Academy of Humanism.[2]



  • Thom Yorke, English musician and singer-songwriter who is the lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Radiohead.


  • Frank Zappa, American composer, singer-songwriter, electric guitarist, record producer and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa wrote rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works.[80]
  • Howard Zinn, American historian, academic, author, playwright, and social activist.[97]

See also

Notes and references

    the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, California. Looking back: 'Twilight Zone' writer challenged prejudice, by Kimberly French, UU World magazine, Vol. XXI, Nol 4, Winter 2007.
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