Historical Figures Born in 1903

  • Jan 2 Anton van Duinkerken [Willem Jan Marie Anton Asselbergs], Dutch poet and academic, born in Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands (d. 1968)
  • Jan 2 Kane Tanaka, Japanese centenarian (world's 2nd oldest recorded person), born in Wajiro Village, Japan (d. 2022)
  • Jan 3 Charles Foulkes, Canadian general who accepted German WWIII surrender in Netherlands, born in Stockton-on-Tees, England, (d. 1969)
  • Jan 5 Harold Gatty, Australian aviator, navigator with Wiley Post, born in Campbell Town, Australia (d. 1957)
  • Jan 7 Albrecht Haushofer, German geographer and writer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1903)
  • Jan 9 Hem Vejakorn, Thai illustrator, born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 1969)

Alan PatonAlan Paton (1903-1988)

Jan 11 South African author (Cry, the Beloved Country, Too Late the Phalarope) and anti-apartheid activist, born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

  • Jan 12 Igor Kurchatov, Russian nuclear physicist, born in Sim, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia (d. 1960)
  • Jan 15 Paul A. Dever, 58th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • Jan 19 Alfred Beit, British politician and art philanthropist, born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • Jan 20 Sybil Marion Rosenfeld, English theatre historian, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • Jan 22 Fritz Houtermans, Polish physicist (d. 1966)
  • Jan 23 Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician, born in Cucunubá, Colombia (d. 1948)
  • Jan 24 Robert Gwathmey, American social realist artist (Arts & Letters), born in Manchester, Virginia (d. 1988)
  • Jan 27 John Eccles, Australian neurologist (1963 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for work on the synapse), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1997)
  • Jan 27 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (d. 1979)
  • Jan 28 Kathleen Lonsdale, Irish-born British pacifist and crystallographer (one of 1st two women elected to Royal Society), born in Newbridge, Ireland (d. 1971)
  • Jan 29 Cornelis Hendrik Edelman, Dutch geologist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • Jan 30 G. Evelyn Hutchinson, British zoologist (Treatise on Limnology), born in Cambridge, United Kingdom (d. 1991)
  • Jan 31 Gardner Cowles Jr., American publisher (Look Magazine)t, born in Algona, Iowa (d. 1985)
  • Feb 1 Georg Rendl, Austrian miner, beekeeper and writer (The Bees Novel) (d. 1972)
  • Feb 3 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor (1948 Olympics), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1975)
  • Feb 4 Alexander Oppenheim, British mathematician ( Oppenheim conjecture), born in Salford, England (d. 1997)
  • Feb 4 Frank L. Howley, American general (Commander of American sector of Berlin after WWII), born in Hampton, New York (d. 1993)
  • Feb 5 Nathaniel Owings, American architect (Oak Ridge, TN; Sears Tower), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1984)
  • Feb 6 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (Temptation of Poverty), born in Kortessem, Belgium (d. 1987)

Tunku Abdul RahmanTunku Abdul Rahman (1903-1990)

Feb 8 Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), born in Alor Star, Kedah

  • Feb 10 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (d. 1948)
  • Feb 13 Georges Simenon, Belgian born mystery writer (Maigret detective novels, Snow Was Black), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1989)
  • Feb 16 George-Henri Lévesque, Quebec priest and sociologist (d. 2000)
  • Feb 17 Johannes Linthorst Homan, director of the queen in Groningen
  • Feb 18 Nikolai Podgorny, Ukrainian Soviet statesman, Premier of the USSR (1965-77), born in n Karlovka, Russian Empire (d. 1983)
  • Feb 19 Kay Boyle, American novelist (Plagued by Nightingales), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1992)
  • Feb 19 Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Blind Person Owl), (d. 1951)
  • Feb 20 Ella Maillart, explorer
  • Feb 21 Anaïs Nin, French-Cuban writer (Delta of Venus), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1977)
  • Feb 21 Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
  • Feb 21 Raymond Queneau [M Presle], French author (Un Enfant a Dit), born in La Havre, France (d. 1976)
  • Feb 22 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (d. 1969)
  • Feb 22 Morley Callaghan, Canadian author (Toronto Star, Native Argosy)
  • Feb 23 Grigori V Aleksandrov, Russian director (Veselye Rebjata)
  • Feb 26 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
  • Feb 28 Vincente Minnelli, director (An American in Paris, Gigi), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • Mar 3 Gilbert Adrian [Greenberg], Naugatuck CT, costume designer
  • Mar 3 Rabbe A Enckell, Fins author/poet (Lutad about Brunnen)
  • Mar 4 John Scarne, American magician (d. 1985)
  • Mar 4 William C. Boyd, American immunochemist (d. 1983)
  • Mar 6 Empress Kōjun of Japan (d. 2000)
  • Mar 11 Dorothy Schiff, American owner and publisher (NY Post), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)

James Franklin HydeJames Franklin Hyde (1903-1999)

Mar 11 American inventor who created silica, born in Solvay, New York

  • Mar 11 Ronald Syme, New Zealand classicist and historian, born in Eltham, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • Mar 14 Adolph Gottlieb American painter (d. 1974)
  • Mar 14 Mustafa al-Barzani, Kurdish leader (KDP), born in Barzan, Iraqi Kurdistan (d. 1979)
  • Mar 16 Mike Mansfield, American politician (Sen-D-Montana 1953-77) majority whip, born in New York City (d. 2001)
  • Mar 19 Benjamin M Telders, president of Dutch Liberal States Party
  • Mar 19 Jim Bullock, English colliery manager, unionist and pit reformist, born in Bower's Row, England (d.
  • Mar 22 James Sargent Russell, US pilot and admiral (WW II Pacific Ocean), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1996)
  • Mar 22 Jochen Klepper, German writer, born in Beuthen, Silesia (d. 1942)
  • Mar 24 Adolph F J Butenandt, German bio-chemist (Nobel 1939)
  • Mar 24 Malcolm Muggeridge, English writer (Observer of Life)
  • Mar 25 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (d. 1990)
  • Mar 30 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (d. 1984)
  • Apr 2 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (Canadian Member of Parliament), born in Cornwall, Ontario (d. 1987)
  • Apr 3 Peter Huchel, German poet, born near Berlin (d. 1981)
  • Apr 6 Harold Edgerton, foremost high-speed photographer
  • Apr 9 Gregory Pincus, American biologist and inventor (birth control pill), born in Woodbine, New Jersey (d. 1903)
  • Apr 9 Willem Pee, Belgian linguist, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • Apr 10 Clare Boothe Luce, American politician and U.S. ambassador to Italy, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • Apr 12 Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist (Plan of Labor, Nobel 1969), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • Apr 15 Erich Arendt, German poet and writer, born in Neuruppin, Germany (d. 1984)
  • Apr 19 Eliot Ness, US Federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • Apr 21 Hans Hedtoft, 14th Prime Minister of Denmark (1947-50, 53-55), born in Århus, Denmark (d. 1955)
  • Apr 23 Guy Simonds, Canadian army, youngest General officer, born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England (d. 1974)
  • Apr 24 Jose A Primo de Rivera, Spanish lawyer and politician (founder of Spanish Falange), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1936)
  • Apr 24 Siegfried Frederick Nadel, Austrian-British anthropologist (Black Byzantium), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1956)
  • Apr 25 Andrey Nikolayevich Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (theory of probability), born in Tambov, Russia (d. 1987)
  • Apr 27 Frank Belknap Long, American writer (Rim of the Unknown), born in Harlem, Manhattan (d. 1994)
  • Apr 27 Hans Kosterlitz, German-British biochemist (endorphins), born in Berlin (d. 1996)

Benjamin SpockBenjamin Spock (1903-1998)

May 2 American pediatrician and writer (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut

  • May 5 James Beard, American culinary expert and author (Delights & Prejudices), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1985)
  • May 7 Basil Nield, British judge and politician (Conservative Party) (d. 1996)
  • May 9 Walter Dehmel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • May 10 Otto Bradfisch, Nazi leader (d. 1994)
  • May 13 Alfred Pugsley, English civil engineer (R101 airship), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • May 15 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)
  • May 17 Douglas Packard, British Lieutenant General (d. 2000)
  • May 21 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney, minister and Prime Minister of Indonesia (1953-7), born in Grabag, Central Java, Dutch West Indies (d. 1975)
  • May 21 Manly Wade Wellman, Angolan born American sci-fi author (After Dark, Devil's Planet), born in Kamundongo, Portuguese West Africa (d. 1986)
  • May 21 Pedro Aramburu, Argentine army leader, President and Dictator of Argentina (1955-58), born in Río Cuarto, Argentina (d. 1970)
  • May 22 Yves Rocard, French physicist (helped develop the atomic bomb for France), born in Vannes, France (d. 1992)
  • May 26 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), born in Madisonville, Tennessee (d. 1963)
  • May 28 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Golden Sail), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • May 30 Countee Cullen, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ & Other Poems), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 30 Ray Howard-Jones, artist
  • Jun 1 Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky C.Ss.R Bishop and Martyr (d. 1973)
  • Jun 8 Gerrit Cornelis Berkouwer, Dutch theologist (Dogmatic Studies), born in Amsterdam (d. 1996)
  • Jun 8 Marguerite Yourcenar, French-American novelist (Memoirs of Hadrian, The Abyss), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • Jun 8 Ralph Webster Yarborough, American politician, U.S. Senator from Texas (1957-71), born in Chandler, Texas (d. 1996)
  • Jun 11 Ernie Nevers, American College, Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback, coach (Stanford, Chicago Cardinals), born in Willow River, Minnesota (d. 1976)
  • Jun 14 Alonzo Church, American Mathematician whose work provided foundation for computer science, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1995)
  • Jun 14 Arthur McDonald, Royal Air Force officer and radar pioneer, born in South Africa (d. 1996)
  • Jun 17 Mikhail Svetlov, Russian poet and writer, born in Yekaterinoslav, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • Jun 17 Ruth Wakefield, American inventor (created the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie), born in East Walpole, Massachusetts (d. 1977)
  • Jun 18 Raymond Radiguet, French journalist/writer (Le diable ouch corps)
  • Jun 19 Hans Litten, German jurist (d. 1938)
  • Jun 21 Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (NINA, NY Times), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)

John DillingerJohn Dillinger (1903-1934)

Jun 22 Notorious American bank robber, born in Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Jun 23 Anthony Veiller, American writer (Night of Iguana, Moulin Rouge), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 23 Hans C Branner, Danish writer (Two Minutes of Silence), born in Ordrup, Denmark (d. 1966)
  • Jun 23 Paul Joseph James Martin, Canadian politician (d. 1992)

George OrwellGeorge Orwell (1903-1950)

Jun 25 British author (Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four), born in Motihari, British India

  • Jun 26 Ashley Clarke, British diplomat to Italy and president (Venice in Peril Fund) (d. 1994)
  • Jun 29 Alan Blumlein, English electronics engineer, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1942)

Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson (1903-1941)

Jul 1 British pilot, first female pilot to fly alone Britain to Australia, born in Kingston upon Hull, England

Alec Douglas-HomeAlec Douglas-Home (1903-1995)

Jul 2 British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1963-64), born in London

  • Jul 2 Olav V, King of Norway (1957-91), born in Appleton House, Sandringham, Norfolk (d. 1991)
  • Jul 4 Rudolf Breslauer, German Jewish photographer (documented Westerbork transit camp), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1945)
  • Jul 6 (Axel) Hugo Theorell, Swedish biochemist (Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology, 1955, for discovery of oxidoreductase enzymes), born in Linköping, Sweden (d. 1982)
  • Jul 10 John Wyndham, American sci-fi author (Day of the Triffids), born in Dorridge, Warwickshire, England (d. 1969)
  • Jul 10 Werner Best, German Nazi leader, jurist and convicted war criminal, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1989)
  • Jul 11 Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (d. 1976)
  • Jul 13 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (Civilisation), born in London, England (d. 1983)
  • Jul 14 Irving Stone, American author (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life)
  • Jul 15 Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian politician (d. 1975)
  • Jul 20 Jef van de Wiele, Belgian politician
  • Jul 21 Roy Neuberger, American financier and art patron (Neuberger Museum of Art), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 2010)
  • Jul 27 Michail Stasinopoulos, Greek politician and 1st President of Greece, born in Kalamata, Kingdom of Greece (d. 2002)
  • Aug 1 Paul Horgan, American Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (Mountain Standard Time), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1995)

Louis LeakeyLouis Leakey (1903-1972)

Aug 7 British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (Olduvai Gorge; 1964 Richard Hooper Medal), born in Kabete, Kenya

  • Aug 8 August Cool, Belgian union leader/minister of state
  • Aug 11 Michael Whalley Wickham, artist
  • Aug 12 Frances Clode, CEO (WRVS)
  • Aug 14 John Ringling North, American circus director (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1937-43), born in Baraboo, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • Aug 14 Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
  • Aug 19 James Gould Cozzens, American novelist (1949 Pulitzer-Guard of Honor), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • Aug 22 René Wellek, Czech-American writer (Concepts of Criticism), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1995)
  • Aug 23 Mauritius van Haegendoren, Flemish historian and senator, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1994)
  • Aug 24 Karl Hanke, Official of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) of Nazi Germany, born in Lubań, Poland (d. 1945)
  • Aug 27 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nocturno de los Angeles), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1950)
  • Aug 28 Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-American psycho-analyst (Uses of Enchantment), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1990)
  • Aug 29 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), born in Zeitz, Germany (d. 1972)
  • Aug 31 Vladimir Jankélévitch, French philosopher, born in Bourges, France (d. 1985)
  • Sep 3 Willem Kooiman, Dutch theologist and church historian (d. 1968)
  • Sep 9 Phyllis Whitney, American writer (d. 2008)
  • Sep 11 Theodor W. Adorno, German philosopher and sociologist, born in Frankfurt (d. 1969)
  • Sep 22 Joseph Valachi, American gangster (Genovese mafia family), born in New York City (d. 1971)
  • Sep 25 Mark Rothko [Marcus Rothkovich], Latvian-American abstract expressionist (Green on Blue), born in Daugavpils, Russian Empire (now Latvia) (d. 1970)
  • Sep 25 Olive Ann Beech, American businesswoman (Co-Founder of Beech Aircraft Company), born in Waverly, Kansas (d. 1993)
  • Sep 26 Gerhard Nebel, German writer, born in Dessau (d. 1974)
  • Sep 29 Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper's Bazaar; Vogue), born in Paris (d. 1989)
  • Oct 4 Bona Arsenault, French Canadian politician, historian and genealogist, born in Bonaventure, Quebec (d. 1993)
  • Oct 5 M. King Hubbert, American geologist and geophysicist, born in San Saba, Texas (d. 1989)
  • Oct 6 Ernest Walton, Irish physicist (Nobel Prize 1951 for work building earliest particle accelerator), born in Abbeyside, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • Oct 10 Charles Théodore Henri Antoine Meinrad de Belgique, Count of Flanders, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1983)
  • Oct 12 Grayson L. Kirk, 14th President of Columbia University (1953-68), born in Jeffersonville, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • Oct 16 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (d. 2003)
  • Oct 17 Nathanael West, American novelist (Day of the Locusts)
  • Oct 22 George Beadle, US biologist (Nobel 1958)
  • Oct 24 Charlotte Perriand, French architect and furniture designer (Unité d'habitation), born in Paris, France (d. 1999)

Melvin PurvisMelvin Purvis (1903-1960)

Oct 24 American FBI agent that lead the manhunt for outlaws Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dillinger, born in Timmonsville, South Carolina

  • Oct 25 Harry Shoulberg, American expressionist painter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • Oct 25 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1976)
  • Oct 28 Evelyn Waugh, English author (Brideshead Revisited, Scoop), born in London, England (d. 1966)
  • Nov 1 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian Rules Football midfielder (winner inaugural Brownlow Medal 1924), born in Warragul, Victoria (d. 1963)
  • Nov 1 Gerard Nabrink, Dutch anarchist and co-founder (NVSH), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Nov 1 Jean Tardieu, French dramatist, born in St Germain de Joux (d. 1995)
  • Nov 3 Walker Evans, American photographer (Fortune Magazine), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • Nov 7 Albert Helman [Lou Lichtveld], Suriname politician and novelist, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 1996)
  • Nov 7 Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist and ethologist (Man & His Ideas, Nobel Prize 1973), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1989)
  • Nov 9 Leon-Etienne Duval, French prelate and cardinal of the Catholic Church in Algeria, born in Chênex, Haute-Savoie, France (d. 1996)
  • Nov 9 Margaret Fay Shaw, American photographer and folklorist known for her work in the Scottish Hebrides, born in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Nov 11 Charles Bruce Perry, Professor of Medicine (Bristol University) (d. 1996)
  • Nov 11 Thomas Allibone, English physicist (Manhattan Project, high-voltage particle acceleration), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England (d. 2003)
  • Nov 19 Fritz Schmidt, German Commissioner-General for Political Affairs and Propaganda (Netherlands, 1940-43), born in Porta Westfalica, Westphalia, Germany (d. 1943)
  • Nov 20 Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani historian and educationist, born in Patyali, near Allahabad, United Provinces of British India (d. 1981)
  • Nov 22 Herbert Sally Frankel, South African born economist (d. 1996)
  • Nov 30 Madame Grès [Germaine Emilie Krebs], French haute couturier (Grès), born in Paris, France (d. 1993)
  • Dec 4 A. L. Rowse, British author and historian, born in Tregonissey, St Austell, Cornwall (d. 1997)
  • Dec 4 Al Leader, Canadian-American Hockey Hall of Fame player, referee and administrator (Western Hockey League), born in Barnsley, Manitoba (d. 1982)
  • Dec 4 Cornell Woolrich, American writer (El Angel Negro), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)

Cecil Frank PowellCecil Frank Powell (1903-1969)

Dec 5 English physicist who discovered pion (pi-meson), a subatomic particle (Nobel 1950), born in Tonbridge, England

  • Dec 7 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician, born in Osijek, Austria-Hungary (d. 1987)
  • Dec 8 Adele Simpson, American fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1946), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • Dec 8 Irene Eisinger, German-British singer, born in Cosel, German Empire (d. 1994)
  • Dec 8 Kitty Muggeridge, British author and translator, born in Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland (d. 1994)
  • Dec 10 William Plomer, South African-British author (Paper Houses, I Speak of Africa), born in Transvaal, South Africa (d. 1973)
  • Dec 12 Enid Balint-Edmonds, British psychoanalyst, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Dec 13 John Piper, British writer (US Churches in WWI) and official war painter, born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 1992)
  • Dec 13 Yevgeny Petrov [Yevgeny Petrovich Kataev], Soviet writer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1942)
  • Dec 16 Rafael Alberti, Spanish poet (El hombre deshabitado, one of the Generation of 27), born in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain (d. 1999) [1]
  • Dec 17 Erskine Caldwell, American novelist (Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre), born in Moreland, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • Dec 19 Cyril Dean Darlington, English biologist and geneticist who discovered the mechanics of chromosomal crossover and its role in inheritance and evolution, born in Chorley, England (d. 1981)
  • Dec 19 George Davis Snell, American geneticist (1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, H-2 gene), born in Bradford, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • Dec 19 Theo Harych, German writer, born in Doruchow, Posen (d. 1958)
  • Dec 22 Barbara Moore, Russian-born British engineer (walked across US in 86 days in 1960), born in Russia (d. 1977)
  • Dec 22 Haldan Keffer Hartline, American biophysicist (Nobel 1967), born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • Dec 28 John von Neumann, mathematician and astronomer (Bocher Award 1938), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1957)

About 1903

Chinese Zodiac: Tiger (Feb 8, 1902 - Jan 28, 1903),
Rabbit (Jan 29, 1903 - Feb 15, 1904)