Whittaker Chambers

1901 - 1961

Whittaker Chambers

Whittaker Chambers, born Jay Vivian Chambers (April 1, 1901 – July 9, 1961), was an American writer-editor and former Communist spy who, in 1948, testified about Communist espionage, thereafter earning respect from the American Conservative movement. After early years as a Communist Party member (1925) and Soviet spy (1932–1938), he defected from the Soviet underground (1938) and joined Time magazine (1939–1948). Under subpoena in 1948, he testified about the Ware group in what became the Hiss case for perjury (1949–1950), all described in his 1952 memoir Witness. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Whittaker Chambers has received more than 541,939 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 4,380th most popular writer.

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Among writers, Whittaker Chambers ranks 4,372 out of 4,883Before him are Khushwant Singh, Chaz Bono, Barbara Ehrenreich, George Farquhar, Ann Coulter, and Swami Rama. After him are Bessie Head, Miho Mosulishvili, Joe Sacco, Ann Bannon, Angie Sage, and Jerry Pournelle.

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Among people born in 1901, Whittaker Chambers ranks 203Before him are Bud Houser, Louis Clarke, Dorothy Hansine Andersen, C. L. R. James, Mary Eaton, and Alex James. After him are Francisco Guilledo, Brian Donlevy, Pauline Starke, Nelson Eddy, Rudy Vallée, and Chester Morris. Among people deceased in 1961, Whittaker Chambers ranks 124Before him are Albert Oldman, Victor d'Arcy, Jean de Bie, Alfred Carlton Gilbert, George Formby, and Earle Page. After him are Gail Russell, Ruth Chatterton, Augustus John, Ernest Payne, and Tony Bettenhausen.

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In Turkmenistan

Among people born in Turkmenistan, Whittaker Chambers ranks 34 out of 48Before him are Kurban Berdyev (1952), Muhammetnazar Gapurow (1922), Dennis Christopher (1955), Betty Holberton (1917), Ash Carter (1954), and Bill Holland (1907). After him are Inha Babakova (1967), Oleg Kononenko (1964), Imogene Coca (1908), Gökdeniz Karadeniz (1980), Stuart Pankin (null), and Elnur Hüseynov (1987).