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Peter Gabriel -- b.2/13/1950
Vegetarian, Music Producer, Songwriter, Flautist, Guitarist, Harmonicaist, Keyboardist, Rock & Roll Singer, English
Names/Places: b. in London
Misc: some say b. May 3 or 13
Group Names: Genesis (lead 1966-75), soloist
Song Titles: Solsbury Hill (1977), Games Without Frontiers, Biko, Shock The Monkey, Sledgehammer, Don't Give Up (with Kate Bush), Big Time, In Your Eyes, Red Rain, Shakin' The Tree (with Youssou N'Dour), Digging in the Dirt, Steam
Album Titles: Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (previous titles as lead of Genesis), Peter Gabriel (1977), Peter Gabriel (1978), Peter Gabriel (1980), Peter Gabriel/Security, So, Us, Up, Scratch My Back

John Kenneth Galbraith -- b.10/15/1908 d.4/29/2006 (97)
Author, Editor, Economist, Diplomat, Educator, Canadian

George Washington Gale -- b.12/3/1789 d.9/13/1861 (71)

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet -- b.12/10/1787 N.S. d.9/10/1851 N.S. (63)
Misc: Pioneer of educating the deaf

Hal Galper -- b.4/18/1938
Writer, Educator, Arranger, Composer, Bandleader, Jazz Pianist

Manuel García -- b.3/17/1805 d.7/1/1906 (101)
Teacher, Opera Baritone, Spanish

John Gardner -- b.10/8/1912 d.2/16/2002 (89)
Writer, Educator

John W. Gardner -- b.7/21/1933 d.9/14/1982 (49)
Writer, Government Official, Scholar
Book Titles: Grendel, Sunlight Dialogues

William Lloyd Garrison -- b.12/10/1805 N.S. d.5/24/1879 N.S. (73)
Poet, Journalist, Social Reformer, Abolitionist
Misc: The Liberator

Terry Garthwaite -- b.7/11/1938
Teacher, Music Producer, Composer, Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: Joy of Cooking

William H. Gass -- b.7/30/1924 d.12/6/2017 N.S. (93)
Author, Novelist, Essayist, Short Story Writer, Critic, Philosopher, Professor
Book Titles: The Tunnel, Middle C, A Temple of Texts

Eduardo Geada -- b.5/21/1945
Screen/Scriptwriter, Professor, Movie Director, Portuguese

Sir Patrick Geddes -- b.10/2/1854 d.4/17/1932 (77)
Biologist, Physicist, Educator, Scottish

Ellen Geer -- b.8/29/1941
Screenwriter, Professor, Actress, Movie Director, Stage Director
Names/Places: Herta Ware and Will's daughter
TV Shows: Jimmy Stewart Show

Maurice Gendron -- b.12/26/1920 d.8/20/1990 (69)
Teacher, Cellist, French

Giovanni Gentile -- b.5/30/1875 d.4/15/1944 (68)
Philosopher, Social Reformer, Educator

Ruth Alice "Ronnie" Gilbert -- b.9/7/1926 N.S. d.6/6/2015 N.S. (88)
Political Activist, Songwriter, Folk Singer
Group Names: The Weavers

Walter Gilbert -- b.3/21/1932
Scientist, Biochemist, Physicist, Educator

Charlotte Perkins Gilman -- b.7/3/1860 d.8/17/1935 (75)
Author, Lecturer, Economist, Feminist

Jakob Gimpel -- b.4/16/1906 d.3/12/1989 (82)
Educator, Pianist, Polish

Haim Ginott -- b.8/5/1922 d.11/4/1973 (51)
Author, Writer, Psychologist, Educator

Nikki Giovanni -- b.6/7/1943
Author, Poet, Commentator, Educator, Political Activist

James Peter "Jimmy" Giuffre -- b.4/26/1921 N.S. d.4/24/2008 N.S. (86)
Teacher, Composer, Reeds, Bandleader, Jazz Musician

Sheldon Lee Glashow -- b.12/5/1932
Physicist, Educator
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Misc: electromagnetic interaction with Steven Weinberg and Abdus Salam (qq.v.) (Nobel Prize for Physics in 1979)

Ira Glasser -- b.4/18/1938
Political Activist
Misc: ACLU director

Hermann Gmeiner -- b.6/23/1919 d.4/26/1986 (66)
Social Reformer, Austrian

Emma Goldman -- b.6/27/1869 d.5/14/1940 (70)
Philosopher, Feminist, Political Activist, Anarchist

Bobcat Goldthwait -- b.5/26/1962
Screen/Scriptwriter, Vegetarian, Movie Actor, Comedian, Cartoon Voice Actor, Movie Director
Names/Places: b. in Syracuse, NY
TV Shows: Capitol Critters (as Muggle), Unhappily Ever After (as talking toy bunny Mr. Floppy)
Movie Titles: Police Academy, Shakes the Clown, Moxy Pirate

Samuel Gompers -- b.1/27/1850 d.12/13/1924 (74)
Leader, Social Reformer, English
Misc: American Federation of Labor prez & founder; didn't he found a playroom for little children, you know, Gomper Room? (GROAN)

Maude Gonne -- b.12/21/1866 d.4/27/1953 (86)
Revolutionary, Feminist, Actress, English

Emma Gonzalez -- b.11/11/1999 N.S.
Political Activist
Misc: activist for gun control

Nadine Gordimer -- b.11/20/1923 d.7/13/2014 (90)
Novelist, Short Story Writer, Political Activist, South African

Wycliffe Gordon -- b.5/29/1967
Educator, Arranger, Composer, Singer, Pianist, Trumpeter, Tubist, Bandleader, Jazz Trumpeter
Misc: Didgeridooist

John Gorrie -- b.10/3/1803 N.S. d.6/29/1855 N.S. (51)
Scientist, Inventor, Physician, Humanitarian
Misc: Refrigeration & ice making process pioneer

Stephen Jay Gould -- b.9/10/1941 d.5/20/2002 (60)
Author, Sci-fi Writer, Palentologist, Zoologist, Educator

Guthrie Govan -- b.12/27/1971
Teacher, Rock & Roll Guitarist, English
Group Names: Asia

William Goyen -- b.4/24/1915 d.8/30/1983 (68)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Short Story Writer, Poet, Editor, Teacher

Ed Grady -- b.8/31/1923 d.12/10/2012 (89)
Teacher, Actor
TV Shows: I'll Fly Away (as Uncle Lake)

Gary Graffman -- b.10/14/1928
Teacher, Pianist

Stedman Graham -- b.3/6/1951
Author, Businessperson, Educator
Names/Places: Oprah Winfrey's partner

Hanna Gray -- b.10/25/1930
Historian, Educator, German

Thomas Gray -- b.12/26/1716 d.7/30/1771 (54)
Poet, Scholar, Professor, English
Book Titles: Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Mark Green -- b.3/15/1945
Author, Columnist, Attorney/Lawyer, Political Activist
Misc: radio: Both Sides Now host
Book Titles: Who Runs Congress?, The Book on Bush
TV Shows: Crossfire

Germaine Greer -- b.1/29/1939
Author, Feminist, Australian
Names/Places: b. in Melbourne

Dick Gregory -- b.10/12/1932 d.8/19/2017 N.S. (84)
Author, Vegetarian, Political Activist, Actor, Comedian

Booker Griffin Jr. -- b.??/??/???? d.7/4/1993 (55)
Political Activist, TV Talk Show Host

Martha G. Wright Griffiths -- b.1/29/1912 d.4/22/2003 (91)
Congressperson, Feminist

Charlotte Grimké -- b.8/17/1837 d.7/23/1914 (76)
Writer, Poet, Educator

Sarah Moore Grimke -- b.11/26/1792 d.12/23/1873 (81)
Civil Rights Leader

Alfred Whitney Griswold -- b.10/27/1906 d.4/19/1963 (56)
Educator, American
Misc: Yale University prez 1950-63

Hugo Grotius -- b.4/10/1583 d.8/28/1645 (62)
Author, Theologian, Judge/Jurist, Statesman, Attorney/Lawyer, Scholar, Dutch (Netherlands)
Names/Places: NN: The Father of Modern International Law

Sidonie Gruenberg -- b.6/10/1881 d.3/11/1974 (92)
Author, Educator, Austrian

Albert Guerard -- b.11/2/1914 d.11/9/2000 (86)
Author, Novelist, Critic, Educator, Professor

Ewart Guinier -- b.5/17/1910 d.2/4/1990 (79)
Politician, Educator, Panamaian
Misc: unionist; headed Afro-American Studies at Harvard

Luther Halsey Gulick Jr. -- b.12/4/1865 d.8/13/1918 (52)
Educator, Basketball Figure
Misc: founded Camp Fire Girls of America; he is in the Basketball Hall of Fame because he persuaded James Naismith, an instructor, to create an indoor game that could be played during the offseason of baseball called basketball.

David Guyer -- b.9/24/1925
Social Reformer

Arnold Henry Guyot -- b.9/28/1807 d.2/8/1884 (76)
Geologist, Geographer, Educator
Misc: his extensive meteorological observations led to the founding of the U.S. Weather Bureau. The guyot, a flat-topped volcanic peak rising from the ocean floor, is named after him.

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