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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 6,544,225 page views. His biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). Desmond Tutu is the 298th most popular religious figure (up from 500th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from South Africa (up from 11th 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 298 out of 2,238Before him are Longinus, Sarah Baartman, Saint Veronica, Pope Honorius IV, Pope John X, and Pope Julius I. After him are Pope Gregory X, Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, Pope Dionysius, Brigham Young, Judas Maccabeus, and Pope Boniface I.

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Among people born in 1931, Desmond Tutu ranks 10Before him are A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Toni Morrison, James Dean, Raúl Castro, Chun Doo-hwan, and Monica Vitti. After him are Philip Kotler, Robert Duvall, Tomas Tranströmer, Alice Munro, Anita Ekberg, and Irvin D. Yalom. Among people deceased in 2021, Desmond Tutu ranks 11Before him are Mikis Theodorakis, Albert Bandura, Charlie Watts, Chun Doo-hwan, Jacques Rogge, and Abdelaziz Bouteflika. After him are Christopher Plummer, Abolhassan Banisadr, Roh Tae-woo, Karolos Papoulias, Colin Powell, and F. W. de Klerk.

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Among people born in South Africa, Desmond Tutu ranks 5 out of 374Before him are Nelson Mandela (1918), J. R. R. Tolkien (1892), Elon Musk (1971), and Sarah Baartman (1788). After him are J. M. Coetzee (1940), Shaka (1787), Christiaan Barnard (1922), F. W. de Klerk (1936), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Miriam Makeba (1932), and Charlize Theron (1975).


Among religious figures born in South Africa, Desmond Tutu ranks 2Before him are Sarah Baartman (1788). After him are Wilfrid Napier (1941), Nkosi Johnson (1989), and Faf du Plessis (1984).