Go back a few hundred years, and atheism was very much a minority position. Those who were atheists would have been ostracized by society and possibly even killed (as in burned at the stake, depending on how far back you go). Fast forward to the present, and atheism is far less objectionable, and in some circles even the dominant view. In the new millennium, prominent atheists abound. Insidermonkey experts made a list of 15 most famous atheist Nobel prize winners.
Celebrity atheists are wide-ranging and include people like Albert Einstein. Even so, they don’t make it on to our list of influential living atheists. Why? Because they, like so many other atheists, don’t make a big deal out of their atheism. They live their lives without God, but are happy to let other people live their lives with God. You can also check our list of 6 Atheist Scientists Who Now Believe in God.