Historical Vegans & Vegetarians

Although veganism has only recently been popularised, there have been many famous vegans and vegetarians throughout history.

Discover which historic world leaders, heroes and public figures have sported a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.

  • Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein

    Nobel Prize winner regarded as the father of modern physics & the most influential physicist of the 20th century. He was also a firm believer in animal rights.

  • Jeremy Bentham

    Jeremy Bentham

    Jeremy Bentham was a British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. He was also vegetarian.

  • John Wesley

    John Wesley

    John Wesley was an Anglican divine and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism.

  • Mahatma Gandhi

    Mahatma Gandhi

    Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.

  • St Francis of Assisi

    St Francis of Assisi

    St. Francis of Assisi abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christianity. He is thought to have been vegetarian and believed in treating animals with compassion.