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Rank Topic Wikipedia views
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1 Martin Luther King, Jr. (1977, posthumously) 34792
2 Stephen Hawking (2009) 32897
3 Nelson Mandela (2002) 25867
4 35th President John F. Kennedy (1963, posthumously) >[link]</ref> 23117
5 Muhammad Ali (2005) 20267
6 Representative Dante B. Fascell (1998) 19589
7 Kirk Douglas (1981) 18115
8 Walt Disney (1964) 17623
9 Frank Sinatra (1985) 17219
10 Mother Teresa (1985) 17195
11 Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen (1999) 16686
12 Margaret Thatcher (1991) 14678
13 Audrey Hepburn (1992) 14600
14 Helen Keller (1964) 13768
15 John Wayne (1980, posthumously) 12403
16 Rosa Parks (1996) 11816
17 Neil Armstrong (1969) – Awarded With Distinction 11664
18 Pope John Paul II (2004) 10524
19 Apollo 11 Astronauts 9338
20 John Steinbeck (1964) 9129
21 Bill Cosby (2002) 9003
22 Henry Kissinger (1977) 7988
23 Tony Blair (2009) 7789
24 Gregory Peck (1969) 7736
25 Andy Griffith (2005) 7667
26 Joe DiMaggio (1977) 7603
27 Fred Rogers (2002) 7414
28 Jackie Robinson (1984, posthumously) 7129
29 Lucille Ball (1989, posthumously) 6738
30 T. S. Eliot (1964) 6667
31 Milton Friedman (1988)(Awarded By Ronald Reagan) 6019
32 Aung San Suu Kyi (2000) 5910
33 Doris Day (2004) 5613
34 Dick Cheney (1991) 5611
35 Elie Wiesel (1992) 5597
36 Georgia O'Keeffe (1977) 5493
37 Apollo 13 Astronauts 5419
38 Roberto Clemente (2002, posthumously) 5274
39 Carole Lombard (1946, posthumously) 5263
40 Charlton Heston (2003) 5193
41 Anwar El Sadat (1984, posthumously) 4968
42 Aretha Franklin (2005) 4902
43 Julia Child (2003) 4768
44 Chief Justice Earl Warren (1981, posthumously) 4537
45 Bob Hope (1969) 4469
46 Marlene Dietrich (1947) 4320
47 Carol Burnett (2005) 4271
48 Buckminster Fuller (1983) 4262
49 Duke Ellington (1969) 4253
50 Muhammad Yunus (2009) </ref> 4238
51 Tennessee Williams (1980) 4233
52 Sidney Poitier (2009) 4233
53 Harper Lee (2007) 4227
54 Colin Powell (twice) 4175
55 Dr. Billy Graham (1983) 4040
56 Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1985) 4033
57 Harvey Milk (2009, posthumously) 3996
58 Rev. Jesse Jackson (2000) 3935
59 Senator Edward Kennedy (2009) 3886
60 Ella Fitzgerald (1992) 3808
61 Ansel Adams (1980) 3760
62 James D. Watson (1977) 3648
63 Friedrich Hayek (1991) 3625
64 Gene Kelly (1994) 3613
65 Friedrich von Hayek (1991)(Awarded By George H. W. Bush) 3455
66 John von Neumann (1956) 3431
67 Sam Walton (1992)(Awarded By George H. W. Bush) 3411
68 Johnny Carson (1992) 3306
69 Alan Greenspan (2005)(Awarded by George W. Bush) 3297
70 Nancy Reagan (2002) 3240
71 James Stewart (1985) 3135
72 David Rockefeller (1998)(Awarded by Bill Clinton) 3080
73 Peter Drucker (2002)(Awarded by George W. Bush) 3051
74 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1963) 3009
75 Norman Rockwell (1977) 3008
76 Nelson Rockefeller (1977) 2835
77 Jesse Owens (1977) 2808
78 Donald Rumsfeld (1977) - Awarded With Distinction 2758
79 Ted Williams (1991) 2727
80 Senator Barry Goldwater (1986) 2613
81 Chuck Yeager (1985) 2613
82 William F. Buckley, Jr. (1991) 2605
83 James Cagney (1984) 2594
84 Hank Aaron (2002) 2543
85 Jonas Salk (1977) 2483
86 Margaret Mead (1979, posthumously) 2482
87 John Wooden (2003) 2473
88 Paul "Bear" Bryant (1983, posthumously) 2343
89 Rita Moreno (2004) 2339
90 Senator Strom Thurmond (1993) 2274
91 Pope John XXIII (1963, posthumously) 2246
92 Danny Kaye (1987, posthumously) 2193
93 Edward R. Murrow (1964) – Awarded With Distinction 2160
94 Helmut Kohl (1999) 2116
95 Vint Cerf (2005) 2105
96 Aaron Copland (1964) 2100
97 Senator Bob Dole (1997) 2049
98 Zbigniew Brzezinski (1981) 2019
99 General John Shalikashvili (1997) 2018
100 Walter Cronkite (1981) 2008
101 Irving Berlin (1977) 1914
102 Rachel Carson (1980, posthumously) 1871
103 Hubert Humphrey (1980, posthumously) 1842
104 Omar Bradley (1977) 1816
105 Alexander Calder (1977) 1797
106 John Howard (2009) 1747
107 Martha Graham (1976) – Awarded With Distinction 1735
108 Count Basie (1985, posthumously) 1724
109 Walter Lippmann (1964) 1711
110 Edward Teller (2003) 1626
111 Betty Ford (1991) 1616
112 Arnold Palmer (2004) 1603
113 Jack Nicklaus (2005) 1587
114 Norman Borlaug (1977) 1586
115 Associate Justice Byron White (2003, posthumously) 1555
116 Simon Wiesenthal (2000) 1541
117 Billie Jean King (2009) 1538
118 Lady Bird Johnson (1977) 1485
119 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2007) 1480
120 Jim Lovell (1970) 1477
121 Richard Petty (1992) 1467
122 Carl Sandburg (1964) 1467
123 Willem de Kooning (1964) 1463
124 James A. Michener (1977) 1409
125 Vladimir Horowitz (1986) 1404
126 Arthur Ashe (1993, posthumously) 1391
127 Captain Joseph Rochefort (1986, posthumously) 1314
128 Senator George McGovern (2000) 1288
129 Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (1995) 1288
130 Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (2000) 1277
131 Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1984) 1217
132 Dave Thomas (2003, posthumously)(Awarded by George W. Bush) 1198
133 John Kenneth Galbraith (twice; 1946 and 2000)((Awarded by Harry S Truman in 1946 and By Bill Clinton in 2000) 1163
134 James Baker (1991) 1160
135 Reinhold Niebuhr (1964) 1155
136 Michael Collins (1969) – Awarded With Distinction 1105
137 Mary Robinson (2009) 1073
138 Helen Hayes (1986) 1027
139 George Balanchine (1983) 1026
140 George F. Kennan (1989) 1018
141 John Bardeen (1977) 1010
142 Paul Rusesabagina (2005) 993
143 Andrew Wyeth (1963) 981
144 Rosalynn Carter (1999) 978
145 Norman Vincent Peale (1984) 961
146 Jimmy Doolittle (1989) 959
147 Eudora Welty (1980) 947
148 David McCullough (2006) 941
149 John Foster Dulles (1959) 940
150 Gordon Moore (2002) 912
151 Arthur Rubinstein (1976) - Awarded With Distinction 904
152 Ralph Ellison (1969) 902
153 Sargent Shriver (1994) 892
154 George P. Shultz (1989) 892
155 Paul Harvey (2005) 891
156 Pablo Casals (1963) 878
157 Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. (1998) 878
158 David Packard (1988)(Awarded By Ronald Reagan) 858
159 James Brady (1996) 848
160 Louis L'Amour (1984) 841
161 Samuel Goldwyn (1971) 838
162 Marian Anderson (1963) 836
163 Thornton Wilder (1963) 829
164 Edward Steichen (1963) 820
165 Gary Becker (2007) (Awarded by George W. Bush) 806
166 Bob Kahn (2005) 804
167 Mstislav Rostropovich (1987) 795
168 Frank Robinson (2005) 769
169 Peter Pace (2008) 749
170 Edgar Mitchell (1970) 715
171 Vartan Gregorian (2004) 712
172 Will Durant (1977) 708
173 Gordon B. Hinckley (2004) 672
174 Senator George J. Mitchell (1999) 669
175 Andrew Young (1981) 669
176 Ralph Bunche (1963) - Awarded With Distinction 658
177 Jean Monnet (1963) - Awarded With Distinction 651
178 Tennessee Ernie Ford (1984) 650
179 Henry Ford II (1969) 629
180 Clarence Johnson (1964) 625
181 Chita Rivera (2009) 617
182 Pearl Bailey (1988) 615
183 Tommy Franks (2004) 609
184 Lewis Mumford (1964) 601
185 Robert Penn Warren (1980) 591
186 George Tenet (2004) 556
187 Dean Acheson (1964) - Awarded With Distinction 553
188 Gene Kranz (1970) 548
189 Brooke Astor (1998) 521
190 Warren Christopher (1981) 517
191 Leontyne Price (1964) 509
192 Caspar Weinberger (1987) - Awarded With Distinction 492
193 J. Willard Marriott (1988, posthumously)(Awarded By Ronald Reagan) 488
194 Katharine Graham (2002, posthumously) 488
195 Jack Swigert (1970) 485
196 Whittaker Chambers (1984) 485
197 Fred Korematsu (1998) 482
198 Brent Scowcroft (1991) 474
199 Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington (1988) 467
200 Van Cliburn (2003) 462
201 Kate Smith (1982) 459
202 Isaac Stern (1992) 459
203 Eric Hoffer (1982) 457
204 Martha Raye (1993) 447
205 Carlos P. Romulo (1984) 437
206 Paul Johnson (2006) 423
207 Dean Rusk (1969) – Awarded With Distinction 420
208 Dorothy Height (1994) 417
209 Fred Haise (1970) 416
210 James L. Farmer, Jr. (1998) 406
211 Howard Baker (1984) 402
212 Irving Kristol (2002) 399
213 John L. Lewis (1964) 393
214 Archibald MacLeish (1977) 383

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