Some Great Minds from History Who Had No Children

International Childfree DayJ.O. Raber’s new book, Famous – But No Childrenhas some great lists of people from history who did not have children. Between now and the nomination deadline for the 2014 Childfree Man/Woman of the year, I will highlight a few of Raber’s lists.Here is one —

Nobel Prize winners who did not sire/bear children:

First, the guy himself: Alfred Bernhard Nobel-He established the Nobel Prize for peace, literature, science, etc.!
Jane Addams: Nobel Prize for Peace 1931 US
Vicente Aleixandre: Nobel Prize for Literature 1977 Spain
Ivo Andric: Nobel Prize for Literature 1961 Yugoslavia
Sir Norman Angell: Nobel Prize for Peace 1933 UK
Francis William Aston: Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1922 UK
Emily Greene Balch: Nobel Prize for Peace 1946 US
Samuel Beckett: Nobel Prize for Literature 1969 Ireland
Georg von Bekesy: Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine 1961 US
Jacinto Benavente: Nobel Prize for Literature 1922 Spain
Aristide Briand: Nobel Prize for Peace 1926 France
Louis de Broglie: Nobel Prize for Physics 1929 France
James McGill Buchanan: Nobel Prize for Economics 1986 US
Alexis Carrel: Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine 1912 France
Robert Cecil: Nobel Prize for Peace 1937 UK
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar: Nobel Prize for Physics 1983 US
Donald J. Cram: Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1987 US
Randal Cremer: Nobel Prize for Peace 1903 UK
Peter Henrik Dam: Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine 1943, Denmark
Jean Henri Dunant aka Henry Dunant: Nobel Prize for Peace 1901 Switzerland
Gertrude B. Elion: Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine, 1988 US
T.S. Eliot: Poet, Nobel Prize for Literature, 1948 UK
Odysseus Elytis: Nobel Prize for Literature 1979 Greece
Ernest Otto Fischer: Nobel for Chemistry 1973 (West) Germany
Hans Fischer: Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1930 Germany
Dennis Gabor: Nobel Prize for Physics 1971 UK
John Galsworthy: Novelist; Nobel Prize for Literature 1932 UK
Herbert Spencer Gasser: Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine 1944 US
Karl Gjellerup: Nobel Prize for Literature 1917 Denmark
Dag Hammarskjold: Nobel Prize for Peace 1961 Sweden
Arthur Harden: Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1929 UK
Odd Hassel: Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1969 Norway
Verner von Heidenstam: Nobel Prize for Literature 1916 Sweden
John Richard Hicks: Nobel Prize for Economics 1972 UK
Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood: Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1956 UK
Sir Godfrey Hounsfield: Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine 1979 UK
Cordell Hull: Nobel Price for Peace 1945 US
Frank B. Kellogg: Nobel Prize for Peace 1929 US
Henry W. Kendall: Nobel prize for Physics 1990 US
Sir John Cowdery Kendrew: Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1962 UK
Imre Kertész: Nobel Prize for Literature 2002 Hungary

And this is not even all of them! Check out Famous – But No Children for the rest.

Of course, there are so many amazing childfree without the big awards, etc. I bet you know at least one…don’t hesitate to nominate him/her for Childfree man/Woman of the Year!

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2 thoughts on “Some Great Minds from History Who Had No Children

    • I will give more on the way to August 1, International Childfree Day! Raber’s book has a great list that I will cite here ~ Laura

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