Desmond Tutu

1931 - 2021

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Desmond Tutu (7 October 1931 – 26 December 2021) was a South African Anglican bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, in both cases being the first Black African to hold the position. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Desmond Tutu has received more than 6,771,439 page views. His biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 87 in 2019). Desmond Tutu is the 520th most popular religious figure (down from 297th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from South Africa (down from 5th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular South African Religious Figure.

Desmond Tutu is most famous for his work as a human rights activist. He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

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Among religious figures, Desmond Tutu ranks 520 out of 3,187Before him are Jehoshaphat, Saint Menas, Rashi, Tamar, Abbas ibn Ali, and Suger. After him are Theodore of Amasea, Saint Rosalia, Ibrahim ibn Muhammad, Pope Zephyrinus, John Climacus, and Ja'far ibn Abi Talib.

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Among people born in 1931, Desmond Tutu ranks 24Before him are Alice Munro, Roger Penrose, Annie Girardot, Thomas Bernhard, Josef Masopust, and Anatoly Dyatlov. After him are Rupert Murdoch, Guy Debord, Leonard Nimoy, Ian Holm, João Gilberto, and Dries van Agt. Among people deceased in 2021, Desmond Tutu ranks 16Before him are Christopher Plummer, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Charlie Watts, Isamu Akasaki, Carlos Menem, and Bernie Madoff. After him are Raffaella Carrà, Bernard Tapie, Roh Tae-woo, Paul J. Crutzen, Abolhassan Banisadr, and Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Desmond Tutu ranks 10 out of 454Before him are Miriam Makeba (1932), Sarah Baartman (1788), J. M. Coetzee (1940), F. W. de Klerk (1936), Nadine Gordimer (1923), and Shaka (1787). After him are Christiaan Barnard (1922), Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), Max Theiler (1899), Charlize Theron (1975), Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942), and Jacob Zuma (1942).


Among religious figures born in South Africa, Desmond Tutu ranks 2Before him are Sarah Baartman (1788). After him are Wilfrid Napier (1941), Faf du Plessis (1984), and Daniel Stahl (null).