Historical Figures Born in 1915

  • Jan 1 Francois Bondy, writer
  • Jan 1 Lewis Bingham Keeble, town planner
  • Jan 2 John Hope Franklin, historian
  • Jan 3 Jack Levine, American social realist painter, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2010),
  • Jan 5 Arthur H. Robinson, Canadian-born cartographer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • Jan 5 Mabel Leigh, British potter (Shorter and Son), born in Coatesville, Indiana (d. 1971)
  • Jan 6 Alan Watts, British-American philosopher (Book on the Taboo), born in Chislehurst, United Kingdom (d. 1973)
  • Jan 6 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), born in San Jose, California (d. 2015)
  • Jan 6 John C. Lilly, U.S. psychoanalyst & writer, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)
  • Jan 7 Herman Musaph, Dutch psychiatrist and sexologist (NVSH)
  • Jan 11 Robert Blair Mayne, British soldier, co-founder Special Air Service (d. 1955)
  • Jan 12 Ernest Armstrong, British politician (L) & teacher, born in Stanley, County Durham (d. 1996)
  • Jan 12 Frank Annunzio, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1965-93), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • Jan 12 Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, Catholic archbishop of Ottawa, born in Saint-François-de-Madawaska, Canada (d. 2013)
  • Jan 12 Martin Agronsky, American journalist (1952 Peabody, 1961 DuPont-Columbia), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • Jan 12 Paul Jarrico, American writer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • Jan 12 Roy Ralston, British pilot, born in Moss Side, Manchester
  • Jan 13 Edward Frederick Weston Goodman, property developer
  • Jan 14 Andre Frossard, Catholic columnist, born in Saint-Maurice-Colombier, France (d. 1995)
  • Jan 20 C. W. Ceram, German/ journalist & author (March of Archaeology), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1972)
  • Jan 20 Ghulam Ishaq Khan, President of Pakistan, born in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan (d. 2006)
  • Jan 23 Potter Stewart, United States Supreme Court justice (1958-81), born in Jackson, Michigan (d. 1985)
  • Jan 23 William Arthur Lewis, Saint Lucian economist (1979 Nobel Prize in Economics for economic development research), born in Castries, Saint Lucia (d. 1991) [1]
  • Jan 24 Robert Motherwell, American painter (Elegies to the Spanish Republic), born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 1991)
  • Jan 25 Michael Duane, British progressive educationalist & author, born in Galway, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • Jan 29 Halfdan Rasmussen, Danish poet/WWII resistance fighter (Skoven)
  • Jan 30 Joachim Peiper, German SS officer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1976)
  • Jan 30 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (Profumo scandal), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • Jan 31 Garry Moore [Thomas Garrison Morfit], American radio and TV variety and game show host (I've Got a Secret), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)

Thomas MertonThomas Merton (1915-1968)

Jan 31 French-American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), born in Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France

  • Jan 31 William Crosbie, artist
  • Feb 2 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (d. 2002)
  • Feb 2 Evert Werkman, Dutch journalist (Het Parool)
  • Feb 3 Jann Willem Holsbergen, author (Zakenmensen Fair as Gold)

Robert HofstadterRobert Hofstadter (1915-1990)

Feb 5 American atomic physicist and Nobel laureate (electron scattering in atomic nuclei), born in NYC, New York

  • Feb 6 Derk Roemers, Dutch politician (Soc-Dem), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • Feb 11 Mervyn Levy, artist/critic
  • Feb 11 Patrick Leigh Fermor, author
  • Feb 11 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • Feb 12 Andrew J. Goodpaster, American general, supreme commander (NATO-Europe)

Aung SanAung San (1915-1947)

Feb 13 Burmese general and nationalist politician, born in Natmauk, Myanmar

  • Feb 14 A W H Stewart-Moore, CEO (Gallaher)
  • Feb 23 Heinrich Schirmbeck, German author (Das Spiegellabyrinth)
  • Feb 23 Paul Tibbets, US Air Force retired Brigadier General and Pilot of B-29 "Enola Gay" over Hiroshima (d. 2007)
  • Feb 24 Charles Henry "Harry" Urwin, trade unionist
  • Feb 26 Elisabeth Eybers, South African Dutch poetess (That Woman & Other Verses)
  • Feb 26 Pran Nath Chhuttani, Indian physician and teacher, born in Leiah, Pakistan (d. 1996)
  • Feb 27 Arthur Gilson, Belgian attorney/minister of Defense (1958-..)
  • Feb 28 Peter Medawar, British biologist (1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for discovery of acquired immunological tolerance"), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1987)
  • Mar 4 Petrus de Jong, Dutch premier (KVP, 1967-71)
  • Mar 5 Laurent Schwartz, French mathematician (d. 2002)
  • Mar 6 Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, 52nd Da'i al Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohras
  • Mar 7 Jacques Chaban-Delmas, French politician, French Prime Minister and President of the National Assembly, born in Paris, France (d. 2000)
  • Mar 8 Vivien John, English painter and daughter of Augustus John, born in Dorset (d. 1994)
  • Mar 10 Harry Bertoia, Italian-born American artist and furniture designer (d. 1978)
  • Mar 11 J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and Internet pioneer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 11 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, born in Hannover (d. 1999)
  • Mar 12 Alberto Burri, Italian physician/sculptor/abstract painter
  • Mar 14 Kenneth Rowntree, British artist, born in Scarborough, England (d. 1997)
  • Mar 17 Hans Namuth, German-American photographer (Todos Santos, Guatemala)
  • Mar 17 Henry Bumstead, American art director (d. 2006)
  • Mar 18 Richard Condon, American author (The Manchurian Candidate), born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • Mar 19 Robert G. Cole, American Paratrooper of the 101st, 502nd division (d. 1944)
  • Mar 20 Rudolf Kirchschläger, President of Austria (d. 2000)
  • Mar 22 Forest 'Bud' Sagendorf, American cartoonist (Popeye), born in Wenatchee, Washington (d. 1994)
  • Mar 23 Francis Berry, poet/Shakespearean scholar
  • Mar 23 Vasily Zaitsev, Soviet World War II hero (d. 1991)
  • Mar 28 Selma Rubin, American environmental activist (Earth Day co-founder), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • Mar 31 Jack Perry, English businessman and the 1st Western business person to visit Communist China, born in London (d. 1996) [1]
  • Mar 31 Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese military man (d. 1997)
  • Apr 2 Antony Dornhorst, British physician and Professor of Medicine, born in Woodford, Essex, England (d. 2003)
  • Apr 2 Arthur Ballard, English artist, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1994)
  • Apr 3 İhsan Doğramacı, Turkish paediatrician, academic and the founder of YÖK, born in Arbil, Ottoman Empire (d. 2010)
  • Apr 3 Paul Touvier, French Nazi collaborator in World War II called the "Hangman of Lyon" and convicted war criminal, born in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jabron, France (d. 1996)
  • Apr 4 Jan Drda, Czech writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani), born in Příbram, Czech Republic (d. 1970)
  • Apr 4 Lars Ahlin, Swedish writer (My Death is My Own), born in Sundsvall, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • Apr 7 Henry Kuttner, American sci-fi author (Dark World, As You Were)
  • Apr 9 Bob Quinn, Australian Football Hall of Fame rover (All Australian captain 1947; SA captain 1945-47; Magarey Medal 1938, 45; Port Adelaide FC), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2008)
  • Apr 9 Daniel Johnson, Sr., Canadian politician, 20th Premier of Quebec, born in Danville, Quebec, Canada (d. 1968)
  • Apr 10 Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist and poet, born in Gouda, Netherlands (d. 2014)
  • Apr 12 Emil Petaja, American sci-fi author (Star Mill, Tramontane), born in Milltown, Missoula County, Montana (d. 2000)
  • Apr 13 Bert Peleman, Flemish writer, born in Puurs, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1995)
  • Apr 13 Rederic Coote, British Anglican Bishop (Colchester) (d. 2000)
  • Apr 13 Stephan Hermlin, German writer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1997)
  • Apr 13 Tom Greenshields, English sculptor, born in Devon, England (d. 1994)
  • Apr 15 Elizabeth Catlett, African-American sculptor and print maker (Mother and Child), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Dany Tuijnman, Dutch politician (Minister of Transport and Water Management), born in Middelburg, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Apr 18 Joy Davidman, American poet, writer and wife of C. S. Lewis, born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • Apr 20 Joseph Wolpe, South African psychotherapist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1997)
  • Apr 21 Frick [W Groebli], Swiss clown, Frick & Frack)
  • Apr 22 Edward Larrabee Barnes, American architect (Walker Art Center), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Apr 23 Arnold Hall, British aeronautical engineer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2000)
  • Apr 25 Aksel Quintus Bosz, Surinamese lawyer, born in Pasuruan, Java, Indonesia (d. 1993)
  • Apr 25 William Goyen, American writer, born in Trinity, Texas (d. 1983)
  • May 5 Richard Rovere, American political journalist (Goldwater Caper), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1979)
  • May 6 John Arnold, British high court judge (d. 2004)
  • May 6 May Henriquez-Alvarez, Curacao Dutch sculptor, born in Curacao (d. 1999)
  • May 6 Theodore H. White, American journalist (Making of President, Pulitzer Prize 1962), born in Dorchester, Boston (d. 1986)
  • May 9 Richard Janvrin, British vice admiral
  • May 10 Denis Thatcher, husband of British PM Margaret (1979-90), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • May 10 John Egerton, 6th Duke of Sutherland, British peer
  • May 10 Monica Dickens, British author and founder of the Samaritians in the US, born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • May 12 Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (d. 2001)
  • May 13 John Habakkuk, British principal (Jesus College in Oxford)
  • May 15 Paul A Samuelson, economist (1970 Nobel, 1947 John Bates Clark Medal)
  • May 17 Joseph D Craggs, electrical engineer
  • May 18 Leon Shenandoah, native American leader (Iroquois Confederacy) (d. 1996)

Moshe DayanMoshe Dayan (1915-1981)

May 20 Israeli Military Leader and politician (Minister of Defense 1967-74), born in Degania Alef, Ottoman Empire

  • May 23 Clyde Wiegand, physicist
  • May 25 Daniel Wolf, American journalist (d. 1996)
  • May 26 Antonia Forest [Patricia Giulia Caulfield Kate Rubinstein], British children's author (The Marlows), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2003)
  • May 27 Herman Wouk, American novelist (The Caine Mutiny, Winds of War), born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • May 28 Joseph Greenberg, American linguist (d. 2001)
  • May 29 David Jenkins, Welsh librarian (National Library of Wales), born in Blaenclydach, Glamorgan (d. 2002)
  • May 29 Gerald Charles Arcedeckne Vanneck, 6th Baron Huntingfield, British agent to UN Secreteriat (d. 1994)
  • May 30 Jerome Bert Weisner, military scientist/disarmer
  • Jun 2 Alexandru Nicolschi, Russian communist (d. 1992)
  • Jun 2 Florence Holway, Massachusetts, 75 year old rape victim and activist, (d. 2012)
  • Jun 2 Lester del Rey, American sci-fi author (Moon Trilogy, Marooned on Mars)
  • Jun 3 Milton Cato, 1st Prime Minister of San Vincent and the Grenadines (1979-84), born in Saint Vincent, British Windward Islands (d. 1997)
  • Jun 4 Modibo Keïta, 1st President of Mali (1960-68), born in Bamako Coura, Upper Senegal and Niger (d. 1977)
  • Jun 5 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), born in Brownsville, NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • Jun 5 Lancelot Ware, English barrister and co-founder of Mensa, the international society for intellectually gifted people, born in Mitcham, Surrey, England (d. 2000)
  • Jun 8 Gustaaf Vincent Willem van Hemert tot Dingshof, Dutch Mayor of Maarn, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • Jun 8 Julian Ridsdale, British politician (C), Member of Parliament for Harwich (1954-92) (d. 2004)

Saul BellowSaul Bellow (1915-2005)

Jun 10 Canadian-born American author (Mr Sammler's Planet, Nobel 1976), born in Lachine, Quebec

  • Jun 11 David Kindersley, British stone letter-carver and typeface designer, born in Codicote, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • Jun 11 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Jun 12 Christopher Mayhew, British politician (d. 1997)
  • Jun 12 David Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • Jun 16 John Tukey, American statistician (d. 2000)
  • Jun 16 Joseph Kagan, Lithuanian-British businessman, and inventor (Gannex raincoats), born in Kaunas, Russsian Empire (now Lithuania) (d. 1995)
  • Jun 16 Mariano Rumor, Italian statesman (Prime Minister of Italy 1968-70, 1973-4, born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 1990)
  • Jun 17 Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1996)
  • Jun 18 Red Adair, American oilman (fought oil fires in Kuwait), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2004)
  • Jun 19 Julius Schwartz, American editor and agent (d. 2004)
  • Jun 20 Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach (d. 2002)
  • Jun 24 Charles Dunn, British Japanese scholar (d. 1995)
  • Jun 24 Fred Hoyle, English astronomer (proposed steady-state universe theory, coined phrase 'Big Bang'), born in Gilstead, England (d. 2001)
  • Jun 26 Charlotte Zolotow, American author and publisher of children's books (When the Wind Stops), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2013)
  • Jun 26 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • Jul 1 Jean Stafford, American writer (Pulitzer Prize 1970-The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford), born in Covina, California (d. 1979)
  • Jul 1 Joseph Ransohoff, American neurosurgeon and pioneer in the modern neurosurgery, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • Jul 2 Bert Decorte, Flemish poet, born in Retie, Flanders, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • Jul 4 Christine Lavant, Austrian poet and writer (Das Kind), born in Lavant Valley, Carinthia, Austria (d. 1973)
  • Jul 7 Margaret Walker Alexander, poet/novelist (For My People)
  • Jul 11 Colin Kelly, American B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and 1st US air hero during WW II, born in Madison, Florida (d. 1941)
  • Jul 11 George Ivan Smith, diplomat
  • Jul 12 Michael Fenton Haddon, mining engineer (d. 1996)
  • Jul 15 Alexander Durie, vice president (British AA)
  • Jul 15 Ron Smith, union leader (British Postal Workers)
  • Jul 16 Annie Llewelyn-Davies, Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe, British Labour Party politician, born in Birkenhead, England (d. 1997)
  • Jul 16 Edward Miller, British historian and Master (Fitzwilliam College Cambridge), born in Acklington Park, Warkworth, Northumberland (d. 2000)
  • Jul 17 Habib Rajab, South African trader and collector of oriental art who fought against a takeover of the Grey Street complex by White traders, born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1973)
  • Jul 18 Anthony Wakefield Cox, English architect, born in Park Road, Peterborough (d. 1993)
  • Jul 18 Isaack Stouten, resistance fighter (d. 1945)
  • Jul 21 Miles Fitzalan-Howard, British army general and peer (Duke of Norfolk), born in London (d. 2002)
  • Jul 22 Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author. (d. 2000)
  • Jul 24 Egon Ronay, Hungarian food critic, born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 2010)
  • Jul 24 Frank Thistlethwaite, English academic and Vice Chancellor (University of East Anglia), born in Powell Street, Burnley, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • Jul 25 David Napley, English solicitor, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Jul 25 Enrique Fernando, Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, born in Malate, Manila, Philippines (d. 2004)
  • Jul 28 Charles Hard Townes, American Physicist and inventor (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Jul 29 Bruce R. McConkie, LDS apostle and author (d. 1985)
  • Jul 29 Francis Sargent, American politician (64th Governor of Massachusetts 1969-75), born in Hamilton, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • Aug 2 Johan Limpers, Dutch sculptor and resistance fighter, born in Heemstede, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • Aug 3 Sal Santen, Dutch writer (You Are Jewish People), born in Amsterdam (d. 1998)
  • Aug 4 Warren Avis, American entrepreneur (Avis Rent a Car System), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • Aug 8 Jumbo Elliott, American track coach (d. 1981)
  • Aug 14 B.A. Santamaria, Australian political activist and journalist, born in Melbourne (d. 1998)
  • Aug 14 Victor Mishcon, Baron Mishcon, British solicitor and a Labour politician, born in London (d. 2006)
  • Aug 15 Alma Gardeslan, Surinamese-Dutch folklorist
  • Aug 15 Kamiel van Baelen, Flemish author and resistance fighter (Mensch op Weg), born in Turnhout, Belgium (d. 1945)
  • Aug 19 Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman and administrator (Desjardins Group) (d. 1985)
  • Aug 21 Joshua Hassan, first Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1964-69, 72-87), born in Gibraltar (d. 1997)
  • Aug 22 David Dellinger, American social rights and peace movement leader, born in Wakefield, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • Aug 22 James Hillier, Canadian-American inventor (co-created the electron microscope), born in Brantford, Canada (d. 2007)
  • Aug 24 James Tiptree Jr. [Alice Sheldon], American sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • Aug 25 Walter Trampler, American violist (Beaux Arts Trio), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1997)
  • Aug 27 Walter Heller, economist (Old Myths & New Realities), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • Aug 28 Tasha Tudor, American illustrator and children's books author (Pumpkin Moonshine, Corgiville Fair), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • Aug 29 Denys Hay, British historian, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1994)
  • Aug 29 Nathan Pritikin, American nutritionist and inventor, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • Aug 30 Liesbeth Saijers, Dutch sculptor (d. 1992)
  • Sep 2 Benjamin Aaron, American labor law expert (d. 2007)
  • Sep 6 Franz Josef Strauss, German politician, Minister of Defense (1956-62), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1988)
  • Sep 8 N. V. M. González, Filipino novelist, short story writer, and, poet, born in Romblon, Philippines (d. 1999)
  • Sep 13 Peter Wykeham, Royal Air Force fighter pilot, born in Kotra, Sandhurst, Berkshire (d. 1995)
  • Sep 15 Helmut Schoen, football coach (manager of West Germany (1964-1978, 1974 World Cup), born in Dresden, German Empire (d. 1996)
  • Sep 18 Hetta Empson, South African-British artist, born in Orange Free State, South Africa (d. 1996)
  • Sep 23 Ian Dawson-Shepherd, campaigner
  • Sep 24 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1992) [OS]

Ethel RosenbergEthel Rosenberg (1915-1953)

Sep 25 American communist, born in New York City, New York

  • Sep 29 Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (Rice-A-Roni), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • Sep 30 Lester Maddox, American politician (Governor-D-Georgia 1967-71) and restaurant owner, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2003)
  • Sep 30 Robert Morris, American lawyer, born in Jersey City (d. 1996)
  • Oct 4 Koos Schuur, Dutch writer, poet (Novemberland), translator, and editor (Het Woord), born in Veendam, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • Oct 6 Alice Timander, Swedish dentist (d. 2007)
  • Oct 6 Harry van Doorn [Henri W], CRM minister/Dutch politician (KVP/PPR)
  • Oct 7 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1992) [NS]

About 1915

Chinese Zodiac: Tiger (Jan 16, 1914 - Feb 13, 1915),
Rabbit (Feb 14, 1915 - Feb 2, 1916)