Desmond Tutu

1931 - Today

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Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African Anglican cleric and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was the Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then the 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 4,138,481 page views. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Desmond Tutu is the 501st most popular religious figure (down from 425th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from South Africa (down from 9th 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 501 out of 2,272Before him are Father Damien, Pope Anastasius IV, Mary of Egypt, William Laud, Abdullah ibn Umar, and Pope Nicholas II. After him are Januarius, Pope Celestine II, Louis de Montfort, Dominic Savio, Laban, and Pope Alexander I of Alexandria.

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Among people born in 1931, Desmond Tutu ranks 27Before him are Thomas Bernhard, Leonard Nimoy, Josef Masopust, D. B. Cooper, Jim Jones, and Guy Debord. After him are João Gilberto, Roger Penrose, John le Carré, William Shatner, Larry Hagman, and Rupert Murdoch.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Desmond Tutu ranks 11 out of 312Before him are Shaka (1787), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Behati Prinsloo (1988), Elon Musk (1971), F. W. de Klerk (1936), and Christiaan Barnard (1922). After him are Miriam Makeba (1932), Charlize Theron (1975), Paul Kruger (1825), Thabo Mbeki (1942), Jacob Zuma (1942), and P. W. Botha (1916).


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