Abraham Maslow Abraham Harold Maslow (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970) was an American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization.
Albert Ellis (psychologist) Albert Ellis (September 27, 1913 – July 24, 2007) was an American psychologist who in 1955 developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).
Alice Walker Alice Malsenior Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American author and activist.
Anthony B. Pinn Anthony B. Pinn is an American professor, prolific author, and public intellectual working at the intersections of African-American religion, constructive theology, and humanist thought.
Anthony David (singer) Anthony David Harrington (born December 4, 1971), better known as Anthony David, is an American R&B singer-songwriter.
Archie J. Bahm Archie John Bahm (21 August 1907 – 12 March 1996) was an American philosopher and professor of philosophy at the University of New Mexico.
Archie John Bahm Archie John Bahm (21 August 1907 – 12 March 1996) was an American philosopher and professor of philosophy at the University of New Mexico.
Arthur Harkins Arthur M. Harkins, Ph.D. (born March 8, 1936 in Olean, New York), is an American futurist who is an associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development and...
Barbara Ehrenreich Barbara Ehrenreich is an American writer and political activist who describes herself as "a myth buster by trade", and has been called "a veteran muckraker" by The New Yorker. During the 1980s and early 1990s she was a prominent figure in the Democratic Socialists of America.
Benjamin Spock Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 – March 15, 1998) was an American pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care, published in 1946, is one of the best-sellers of all time.
Bernard Malamud Bernard Malamud was an American author of novels and short stories. Along with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, he was one of the best known American Jewish authors of the 20th century. His baseball novel, The Natural, was adapted into a 1984 film starring Robert Redford.
Betty Friedan Betty Friedan (February 4, 1921 – February 4, 2006) was an American writer, activist, and feminist.
Bruce Bawer Theodore Bruce Bawer (born October 31, 1956, in New York City), who writes under the name Bruce Bawer, is an American writer who has been a resident of Norway since 1999.
Butterfly McQueen Thelma "Butterfly" McQueen (January 8, 1911December 22, 1995) was an American actress.
Candace Gingrich-Jones Candace Gingrich-Jones (born June 2, 1966) is an American LGBT rights activist at the Human Rights Campaign.
Carl Rogers Carl Ransom Rogers was an influential American psychologist and among the founders of the humanistic approach to psychology.
Carl Sagan Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences. His contributions were central to the discovery of the high surface temperatures of Venus.
Charles M. Schulz Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000), nicknamed Sparky, was an American cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Snoopy and Charlie Brown, among others).
Charles Strouse Charles Strouse (born June 7, 1928) is an American composer and lyricist.
Chester Wickwire Chester "Chet" L. Wickwire (December 11, 1913 – August 31, 2008) was chaplain emeritus of the Johns Hopkins University.
Christopher Hitchens Christopher Eric Hitchens was a British-American author, polemicist, debater, and journalist. Hitchens contributed to New Statesman, The Nation, The Atlantic, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and Vanity Fair.
Corliss Lamont Corliss Lamont (March 28, 1902 – April 26, 1995), was a socialist philosopher, and advocate of various left-wing and civil liberties causes.
Curtis W. Reese Curtis Williford Reese (September 3, 1887- June 5, 1961) was a Unitarian minister and humanist.
D. J. Grothe Douglas James "D. J." Grothe (born June 25, 1973) is an American writer and public speaker who talks about issues at the nexus of science, critical thinking, secularism, religion and the paranormal.
Dale McGowan Dale McGowan (born February 28, 1963) is an American author, speaker, and philanthropist who has written and edited several books related to atheism, particularly parenting without religion.
Daniel Dennett Daniel Clement "Dan" Dennett III (born March 28, 1942) is an American philosopher, writer and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of scie...
Daniel Handler Daniel Handler (born February 28, 1970) is an American author.
David Gross David Jonathan Gross (born February 19, 1941) is an American particle physicist and string theorist.
David Niose David Niose is the president of the Secular Coalition for America, an advocacy group for non-theistic viewpoints in the United States.
E. O. Wilson Edward Osborne "E. O." Wilson (born June 10, 1929) is an American biologist, researcher (sociobiology, biodiversity), theorist (consilience, biophilia), naturalist (conservationist) and author.
Edward Said Edward Wadie Said (إدوارد وديع سعيد, 1 November 1935 – 25 September 2003) was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, a literary theorist, and a public intellectual who was a founding figure of the critical-theory field of Post-colonialism.
Edwin H. Wilson Edwin Henry Wilson (August 23, 1898 – March 26, 1993) was an American Unitarian leader and humanist who helped draft the Humanist Manifesto.
Edwin Kagin Edwin Frederick Kagin, J.D., (November 26, 1940 March 27, 2014) was an attorney at law in Union, Kentucky, and a founder of Camp Quest, the first secular summer camp in the United States for th...
Eleanor Duckworth Eleanor Ruth Duckworth (born 1935) is a cognitive psychologist, educational theorist and constructivist educator.
Emery Emery Emery Emery (born December 25, 1963) is an American comedian, film editor and producer, and outspoken atheist, known for his contribution to numerous comedy-related films and TV shows, his two p...
Eric Britton Francis Eric Knight Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris, France since 1969.
Erich Fromm Erich Seligmann Fromm (March 23, 1900 – March 18, 1980) was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist.
Eugenie Scott Eugenie Carol Scott (born October 24, 1945) is an American physical anthropologist, a former university professor and a one of the strongest voices challenging the teaching of young earth creati...
Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director.
Fred Edwords Fred Edwords, born July 19, 1948, in San Diego, California, is a longtime agnostic (or ignostic) humanist leader in Washington DC.
Félix Martí Ibáñez Félix Martí-Ibáñez (December 25, 1911—May 24, 1972) was a Spanish physician, psychiatrist, author, and publisher, who emigrated to the United States in 1939 following the Spanish Civil War when ...
Gene Roddenberry Eugene Wesley Roddenberry — known as Gene Roddenberry — was an American television screenwriter, producer, and futurist. He is best known for creating the original Star Trek television series and thus the Star Trek science fiction franchise.
Geoffrey O'Brien Geoffrey O'Brien is an American poet, editor, book and film critic, translator, and cultural historian.
Gloria Steinem Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the ...
Gore Vidal Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays.
Greg Epstein Greg M. Epstein is the current Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, and is author of the New York Times Bestselling book Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe.
Greg Graffin Gregory Walter Graffin, Ph.D. is an American punk rock musician, college professor, and author. He is most recognized as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and only constant member of the noted Los Angeles band Bad Religion, which he co-founded in 1979.
Hermann Joseph Muller Hermann Joseph Muller (or H. J. Muller) (December 21, 1890 – April 5, 1967) was an American geneticist, educator, and Nobel laureate best known for his work on the physiological and genetic effects of radiation (X-ray mutagenesis) as well as his outspoken political beliefs.
Hisham Sharabi Hisham Sharabi (1927 Jaffa, Palestine–2005 Beirut, Lebanon) was Professor Emeritus of History and Umar al-Mukhtar Chair of Arab Culture at Georgetown University, where he was a specialist in Eur...
Hubert Harrison Hubert Henry Harrison (April 27, 1883 – December 17, 1927) was a West Indian-American writer, orator, educator, critic, and radical socialist political activist based in Harlem, New York.
Huey P. Newton Huey Percy Newton was an African-American political and urban activist who, along with Bobby Seale, co-founded the Black Panther Party in 1966. Newton had a long series of confrontations with law enforcement, including several convictions, while he participated in political activism.
J. Robert Oppenheimer Julius Robert Oppenheimer was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Jack Steinberger Hans Jakob "Jack" Steinberger (born May 25, 1921) is a physicist currently residing near Geneva, Switzerland.
James J. Andrews (mathematician) James J. Andrews (March 18, 1930 – July 28, 1998) was an American mathematician, a professor of mathematics at Florida State University who specialized in knot theory, topology, and group theory.
James Randi James Randi is a Canadian-American stage magician and scientific skeptic best known for his challenges to paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Randi is the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation.
Jeffrey Schaler Jeffrey Schaler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the American University.
Joel Augustus Rogers Joel Augustus Rogers (September 6, 1880 – March 26, 1966) was a Jamaican-American author, journalist, and historian who contributed to the history of Africa and the African diaspora, especially ...
John Dewey John Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey is one of the primary figures associated with philosophy of pragmatism and is considered one of the founders of functional psychology.
John Figdor John Figdor is the current Humanist Chaplain at Stanford University where he organizes events and programs for both students and community members of the San Francisco Bay Area.
John H. Dietrich John Hassler Dietrich (born 1878) was a Unitarian minister, born at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is called the "Father of Religious Humanism".
John Henry Silva John Henry Silva (born 1980, in Chicago, Illinois) is an Author, Entrepreneur and Veteran.
John Miles Foley John Miles Foley was a scholar of comparative oral tradition, particularly medieval and Old English literature, Homer and Serbian epic.
Jonas Salk Jonas Edward Salk (October 28, 1914June 23, 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist.
Jonathan Young (psychologist) Jonathan Young (born September 29, 1944) is a psychologist who became the founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives.
Joss Whedon Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon is an American screenwriter, film and television director, film and television producer, comic book author, composer, and actor. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures.
Joyce Carol Oates Joyce Carol Oates is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction.
Julia Scheeres Julia Scheeres ', is a journalist and nonfiction author.
Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer.
Lawrence M. Krauss Lawrence Maxwell Krauss is an American theoretical physicist and cosmologist who is Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University and director of its Origins Project.
Les Golden Les Golden is an American gambling writer who writes extensively on various casino games.
Lester Mondale The Reverend Robert Lester Mondale (May 28, 1904 – August 19, 2003) was an American Unitarian minister and Humanist.
Lester R. Brown Lester Russel Brown (born March 28, 1934) is a United States environmental analyst, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, and founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, a nonprofit rese...
Lewis Gordon Lewis Ricardo Gordon (born 1962) is an American philosopher who works in the areas of Africana philosophy, philosophy of human and life sciences, phenomenology, philosophy of existence, social a...
Lifetrack Therapy Lifetrack Therapy was founded by Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, a psychiatrist who grew up in Japan and later studied and worked in the West.
Linus Pauling Linus Carl Pauling (February 28, 1901 – August 19, 1994) was an American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author, and educator.
Lloyd Morain Lloyd L. Morain (2 April 1917 – 13 July 2010) was an American businessman, philanthropist, writer, environmentalist, art collector and film producer, who uniquely served two terms as President o...
Louis Appignani Louis Appignani, (born March 30, 1933, in Manhattan, New York City), is an entrepreneur and philanthropist from Miami, Florida.
Margaret Sanger Margaret Higgins Sanger was an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term birth control, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Mark Lindley Mark Lindley (born 1937) is a noted musicologist and, more recently, a historian of modern India, and a teacher of economics.
Mary Calderone Mary Steichen Calderone (July 1, 1904 – October 24, 1998) was a physician and a public health advocate for sexual education.
Mary Morain Mary Stone Dewing Morain (1911 - 14 June 1999) was an American therapist, social reformer and prominent secular humanist, the co-author, with her husband Lloyd Morain, of Humanism As The Next ...
Matt Harding Matthew "Matt" Harding (born September 27, 1976), is an American traveler, video game designer, and Internet celebrity known as Dancing Matt for his viral videos that show him dancing in f...
Mel Lipman Melvin S. Lipman, aka Mel Lipman (born in 1936 in Brooklyn, New York) is an attorney, civil libertarian and humanist (nontheist/atheist) activist.
Metamotivation Metamotivation is a term coined by Abraham Maslow to describe the motivation of people who are self actualized and striving beyond the scope of their basic needs to reach their full potential.
Michael Shermer Michael Brant Shermer (born September 8, 1954) is an American science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic, which is lar...
Mordecai Kaplan Mordecai Menahem Kaplan (June 11, 1881 – November 8, 1983), was a rabbi, essayist and Jewish educator and the co-founder of Reconstructionist Judaism along with his son-in-law Ira Eisenstein.
Morris Berman Morris Berman (born 1944), is an American historian and social critic.
Murray Gell-Mann Murray Gell-Mann (born September 15, 1929) is an American physicist who received the 1969 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles.
Neil Postman Neil Postman (March 8, 1931 – October 5, 2003) was an American author, media theorist and cultural critic, who is best known by the general public for his 1985 book about television, Amus...
Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the desig...
Paul Blanshard Paul Beecher Blanshard (August 27, 1892 – January 27, 1980) was an American author, assistant editor of The Nation magazine, lawyer, socialist, secular humanist, and from 1949 an outsp...
Paul Kurtz Paul Kurtz (December 21, 1925 – October 20, 2012) was a prominent American skeptic and secular humanist.
Penn Jillette Penn Fraser Jillette (born March 5, 1955) is an American illusionist, comedian, musician, inventor, actor, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller in the team Penn & Teller.
Pete Stark Fortney Hillman "Pete" Stark, Jr. (born November 11, 1931) is an American politician who was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1973 to 2013.
Philip K. Paulson Philip Kevin Paulson (1947 – October 25, 2006) was a U.S. Army combat veteran of the Vietnam War who, as an atheist, was the lead plaintiff in a series of lawsuits to remove a Christian cross fr...
R. Radhakrishnan Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan, commonly known as R. Radhakrishnan, is Chancellor's Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, and is considered one of the leading postcolonial theorists and literary critics in the United States.
Ralph Asher Alpher Ralph Asher Alpher (February 3, 1921 – August 12, 2007) was an American cosmologist.
Ralph Siu Ralph Gun Hoy Siu was a distinguished American author, scholar, military, and civil servant.
Raya Dunayevskaya Raya Dunayevskaya (Ра́я Дунае́вская; 1 May 1910 – 9 June 1987) was the American founder of the philosophy of Marxist Humanism in the United States of America.
Raymond Bragg Raymond Bennett Bragg (1902–1979) was an American Unitarian minister who played a key role in the writing of the Humanist Manifesto and eventually signing Humanist Manifesto.
Rebecca Goldstein Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (born February 23, 1950) is an American novelist and philosopher.
Rob Ford Robert Bruce "Rob" Ford (born May 28, 1969) is a Canadian politician and businessman.
Robert G. Ingersoll Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 – July 21, 1899) was a lawyer, a Civil War veteran, political leader, and orator of United States during the Golden Age of Freethought, noted for h...
Roger Ebert Roger Joseph Ebert (June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013) was an American film critic, journalist and screenwriter.
Ronald A. Lindsay Ronald A. Lindsay is president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry and of its affiliates, the Council for Secular Humanism and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
Roy Speckhardt Roy Speckhardt, born January 24, 1973, in Carmel, New York, is the executive director of the American Humanist Association, a non-profit civil liberties organization in Washington DC.
Roy Wood Sellars Roy Wood Sellars (1880 – September 5, 1973) was an American philosopher of critical realism and religious humanism, and a proponent of emergent evolution.
Sam Harris (author) Samuel B. "Sam" Harris (born April 9, 1967) is an American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist.
Sheldon Lee Glashow Sheldon Lee Glashow (born December 5, 1932) is a Nobel Prize winning American theoretical physicist.
Sherwin Wine Sherwin Theodore Wine (January 25, 1928 – July 21, 2007) was a rabbi and a founding figure in Humanistic Judaism.
Steve Allen Stephen Valentine Patrick William "Steve" Allen was an American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best known for his television career.
Steve Benson (cartoonist) Stephen Reed Benson (born January 2, 1954 in Sacramento, California) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. editorial cartoonist for The Arizona Republic.
Steven Pinker Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954) is a Canadian experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author.
Teller (entertainer) Teller (born Raymond Joseph Teller; February 14, 1948) is an American magician, illusionist, comedian, writer, and the frequently silent half of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller, along w...
Teller (magician) Teller (born Raymond Joseph Teller on February 14, 1948) is an American magician, illusionist, comedian, writer, and the frequently silent half of the comedy magic duo known as Penn & Tel...
Thomas Gordon (psychologist) Dr. Thomas Gordon was an American clinical psychologist and colleague of Carl Rogers. He is widely recognized as a pioneer in teaching communication skills and conflict resolution methods to parents, teachers, leaders, women, youth and salespeople.
Thomas Szasz Thomas Stephen Szasz (April 15, 1920 – September 8, 2012) was a psychiatrist and academic.
Thomas W. Flynn Thomas W. Flynn is an author, journalist, novelist, entertainer, folklorist, Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, and Editor of its journal Free Inquiry magazine.
Tom Flynn (author) Thomas W. "Tom" Flynn (born 1955 in Erie, PA) is an American author, journalist, novelist, Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, and editor of its journal, Free Inquiry mag...
Vashti McCollum Vashti Cromwell McCollum (November 6, 1912 – August 20, 2006) was the plaintiff in a landmark 1948 Supreme Court case that struck down religious education in the public schools.
Walt Whitman Walter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist.
Walter J. Ong The Reverend Father Walter Jackson Ong, PhD (November 30, 1912 – August 12, 2003), was an American Jesuit priest, professor of English literature, cultural and religious historian and phil...
Warren Allen Smith Warren Allen Smith (born 27 October 1921) is an American gay rights activist, writer and humanities humanist.