Articles in the category People

Karl Marx

(5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) Karl Heinrich Marx was a German political philosopher who wrote about economics and politics. His ideas played a significant role in the development of modern communism. Marx argued that capitalism, like previous socioeconomic systems, would inevitably produce internal tensions which would lead to its destruction. Just as capitalism […]

Joseph Conrad

(3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924) Joseph Conrad has been called one of the greatest writers of the English novel. Yet English was not his first language. He was born in the Ukraine into a Polish family and learned English only later in life. He disliked the narrowness of his upbringing, particularly his father’s […]

Viscount Morley

(24 December, 1838 – 23 September, 1923) John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn OM, PC was was Liberal Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne 1883 – 1895 and later Montrose Burghs. Sorry, this article hasn’t been completed yet. Would you like to write it for us? Humanist Heritage relies on contributions from users so […]

Paul Dirac

(8 August 1902 – 20 October 1984) Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac was probably the greatest English physicist since Sir Isaac Newton. He was born in Bristol to a Swiss immigrant father and Cornish mother. Physicist At the University of Bristol he obtained a degree in electrical engineering in 1921 and a BA in applied mathematics in […]

Margaret Knight

(November 23, 1903 – May 10, 1983) Margaret Kennedy Knight was a psychologist, broadcaster and humanist. Born in Hertfordshire, England, Knight went to Girton College, Cambridge University. In her third year there she found the “moral courage”, as she put it, to finally abandon the religious beliefs she had long been uneasy with. Psychologist Between 1926 and 1936 […]

Joseph Priestly

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William Godwin

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Michael Wright

Michael Wright was a Leicester businessman who along with Josiah Gimson bought the majority of share in a Leicester Secular Hall Company in order to finance the construction of Leicester Secular Hall, home of Leicester Secular Society. Sorry, this article hasn’t been completed yet. Would you like to write it for us? Humanist Heritage relies on contributions from […]

Charles Watts

Charles Watts was a prominent freethinker. His son Charles Albert Watts founded of the Rationalist Press Association.

Charles Albert Watts

Charles Albert Watts was the son of the prominent freethinker Charles Watts and founder of the Rationalist Press Association. He founded it to “assist in securing the amendment of the law which sanctions the confiscation of property left for anti-theological purpose, and to promote the issuing, advertising, and circulation of publication devoted Freethought and Advanced Religious reform.”  (Blasphemy Depot, […]