Betty Williams

1943 - 2020

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Elizabeth Williams (née Smyth; 22 May 1943 – 17 March 2020) was a peace activist from Northern Ireland. She was a co-recipient with Mairead Corrigan of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work as a cofounder of Community of Peace People, an organisation dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Williams headed the Global Children's Foundation and was the President of the World Centre of Compassion for Children International. She was also the Chair of Institute for Asian Democracy in Washington D.C. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Betty Williams has received more than 31,443 page views. Her biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Betty Williams is the 88th most popular social activist (down from 76th in 2019), the 547th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 495th in 2019) and the 6th most popular British Social Activist.

Betty Williams is most famous for being a co-founder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement, which was responsible for the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Among social activists, Betty Williams ranks 88 out of 840Before her are Edmond James de Rothschild, Gabrielle d'Estrées, Errico Malatesta, Augusto César Sandino, Fra Dolcino, and Amílcar Cabral. After her are Toussaint Louverture, Marinus van der Lubbe, Thomas Cranmer, Jimmy Hoffa, Vasil Levski, and Kim Hyong-jik.

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Among people born in 1943, Betty Williams ranks 57Before her are Billie Jean King, Pervez Musharraf, Andreas Baader, Terrence Malick, Peter Zumthor, and Mohammed Badie. After her are Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Jean-Claude Killy, Ralph M. Steinman, Antonio Tabucchi, Masaru Emoto, and Klaus Maria Brandauer. Among people deceased in 2020, Betty Williams ranks 30Before her are Robert Hossein, Lee Teng-hui, Diana Rigg, Juliette Gréco, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Peart. After her are Christopher Tolkien, Arthur Ashkin, Dmitry Yazov, Jiří Menzel, Oliver E. Williamson, and Michael Lonsdale.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Betty Williams ranks 547 out of 8,785Before her are Roger Glover (1945), Gustav Holst (1874), Stanley Rous (1895), Bruce Dickinson (1958), Thomas Bayes (1702), and George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859). After her are David McCallum (1933), David Lean (1908), Geoffrey of Monmouth (1090), Jane Seymour (1951), Thomas Cranmer (1489), and Christian Bale (1974).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United Kingdom

Among social activists born in United Kingdom, Betty Williams ranks 6Before her are Nicholas Winton (1909), Robert Owen (1771), Guy Fawkes (1570), Lady Godiva (990), and Emmeline Pankhurst (1858). After her are Thomas Cranmer (1489), Annie Besant (1847), Mairead Maguire (1944), Emily Davison (1872), Max Mosley (1940), and Sylvia Pankhurst (1882).