Died in 1950

Jan 2 Emil Jannings a Swiss-born German/Austrian actor. He was the first person to be presented with an Oscar when he was honored with the first Academy Award for Best Actor, at the 1929 ceremony
Jan 2 James Dooley (politician) Thomas Dooley served twice, briefly, as Premier of New South Wales during the early 1920s.
Jan 2 Theophrastos Sakellaridis a Greek composer, conductor, and basic creator of Greek operetta.
Jan 4 Thomas William Holmes a soldier in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces, during the First World War. Holmes is the youngest Canadian to ever win the Victoria Cross
Jan 5 John Rabe best known for his efforts to stop the atrocities of the Japanese army during the Nanking Occupation and his work to protect and help the Chinese civilians during the event. The Nanking Safety Zone, which he helped to establish, sheltered approximately 200,000 Chinese people from slaughter during the massacre. He officially represented Germany and acted as senior chief of the European–American establishment that remained in Nanking, the Chinese capital at the time, when the city fell to the Japanese troops
Jan 6 Isaiah Bowman an American geographer.
Jan 7 Nathaniel Reed a 19th-century American outlaw responsible for many stagecoach, bank, and train robberies throughout the American Southwest during the 1880s and '90s. He acted on his own and also led a bandit gang, operating particularly in the Rocky Mountains and Indian Territory
Jan 7 Francisco Villota a Spanish pelotari who competed at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.
Jan 8 Joseph Schumpeter an Austrian economist and political scientist. He briefly served as Finance Minister of Austria in 1919. In 1932 he became a professor at Harvard University where he remained until the end of his career. One of the most influential economists of the 20th century, Schumpeter popularized the term "creative destruction" in economics
Jan 10 Jaroslav Kvapil a Czech poet, playwright, and librettist. From 1900 he was a director and Dramaturg at the National Theatre in Prague, where he introduced plays by Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen and Maxim Gorky into the repertory. Later he was a director at the Vinohrady Theatre. He wrote six plays, but is today chiefly remembered as the librettist of Antonín Dvořák's Rusalka
Jan 11 Ken Huszagh an American competition swimmer who represented the United States at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.
Jan 11 Karin Michaëlis a Danish journalist and author.
Jan 12 Pedro Calomino an Argentine football striker. He played nearly all of his career for Boca Juniors, he also played 37 games for the Argentina national football team scoring 5 goals. It is claimed that Calomino invented the bicycle kick
Jan 14 Ieu Koeus served as Prime Minister of Cambodia for nine days in September 1949. Considered an intellectual,បញាវន្តុ he was instrumental in the formation of the Cambodian Democratic Party in April 1946, created a self-declared governmentរដ្ឋាភិបាលអក្បគមន៍ on September 20, 1949, was replaced by Yem Sambaurយឹម សំបូរ on September 29
Jan 15 George Livingstone a Scottish football player. His regular position was at inside-forward
Jan 15 Henry H. Arnold an American general officer holding the grades of General of the Army and General of the Air Force. Arnold was an aviation pioneer, Chief of the Air Corps , Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, the only Air Force general to hold five-star rank, and the only person to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services. Arnold was also the founder of Project RAND, which evolved into one of the world's largest non-profit global policy think tanks, the RAND Corporation, and one of the founders of Pan American World Airways
Jan 15 Petre Dumitrescu a Romanian general during World War II, who led the Romanian Third Army on its campaign against the Red Army in the eastern front.
Jan 16 Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Georg Friedrich Maria Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, nicknamed "Taffi", ran the German Friedrich Krupp AG heavy industry conglomerate from 1909 until 1941. He was indicted for prosecution at the 1945 Nuremberg trials, but the charges were dropped because of his failing health
Jan 21 George Orwell an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism
Jan 22 Alan Hale Sr. an American movie actor and director, most widely remembered for his many supporting character roles, in particular as frequent sidekick of Errol Flynn, as well as movies supporting Lon Chaney, Wallace Beery, Douglas Fairbanks, James Cagney, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan, among dozens of others.
Jan 22 Corinne Luchaire a French film actress who was a star of French cinema on the eve of World War Her association with the German occupation led her to be sentenced to "national indignity" after the war, and after writing an autobiography, she died from tuberculosis aged only 28.
Jan 23 Vasil Kolarov a Bulgarian communist political leader and leading functionary in the Communist International.
Jan 27 Henri François Pittier a Swiss-born geographer and botanist.
Jan 28 Werner Mummert a German officer during both World War I and World War Mummert was born in Lüttewitz/Saxony. He first joined the German Army in August 1914 and became a Lieutenant of the Reserve , Sachs Karabiner Regiment in 1916. Mummert remained in the army between the wars. Mummert died in the Soviet POW Camp Šuja on 28 January 1950
Jan 28 Nikolai Luzin a Soviet/Russian mathematician known for his work in descriptive set theory and aspects of mathematical analysis with strong connections to point-set topology. He was the eponym of Luzitania, a loose group of young Moscow mathematicians of the first half of the 1920s. They adopted his set-theoretic orientation, and went on to apply it in other areas of mathematics
Jan 28 Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn an Orthodox rabbi and the sixth Rebbe of the Chabad Lubavitch chasidic movement. He is also known as the Frierdiker Rebbe , the Rebbe RaYYaTz, or the Rebbe Rayatz. After many years of fighting to keep Orthodox Judaism alive from within the Soviet Union, he was forced to leave; he continued to conduct the struggle from Latvia, and then Poland, and eventually the United States, where he spent the last ten years of his life
Jan 29 Kiyoshi Katsuki a general in the Imperial Japanese Army in the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Jan 29 Sudirman a high-ranking Indonesian military officer during the Indonesian National Revolution. The first commander-in-chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces, he continues to be widely respected in the country
Jan 29 Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah the 10th monarch of Kuwait from 29 March 1921 until 29 January 1950.
Feb 2 Constantin Carathéodory a Greek mathematician who spent most of his professional career in Germany. He made significant contributions to the theory of functions of a real variable, the calculus of variations, and measure theory. His work also includes important results in conformal representations and in the theory of boundary correspondence. In 1909, Carathéodory pioneered the Axiomatic Formulation of Thermodynamics along a purely geometrical approach
Feb 3 Sid Field an English comedy entertainer who was popular in the 1940s.
Feb 3 Karl Seitz an Austrian politician of the Social Democratic Workers' Party, member of the Imperial Council, President of the National Council and the first President of Austria.
Feb 4 Erik Bergvall a Swedish water polo player, journalist and sports official. He also promoted the Bergvall system, a variation of the traditional knockout tournament system which was used at the 1912, 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics
Feb 4 Jan Bułhak a pioneer of photography in Poland and present-day Belarus and Lithuania, and one of the best-known Polish photographers of the early 20th century. A theoretician and philosopher of photography, he was among the most prominent exponents of pictorialism. He is best known for his landscapes and photographs of various places, especially the city of Vilnius. He was the founder of the Wilno Photoclub and Polish Photoclub, the predecessors of the modern Union of Polish Art Photographers , of which he was an honorary headperson. He is also known as an ethnographer and folklorist
Feb 4 Montagu Norman 1st Baron Norman an English banker, best known for his role as the Governor of the Bank of England from 1920 to 1944. Norman led the bank during the harshest period in British economic history and was noted for his somewhat raffish and arty appearance
Feb 5 Pavel Muratov a Russian essayist, novelist, art historian, critic and playwright.
Feb 6 Georges Imbert a French chemical engineer and inventor.
Feb 8 Arthur Kampf a German history painter. He is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting
Feb 8 Aleksandrs Čaks a Latvian poet and writer. Čaks is arguably the first Latvian writer whose works are distinctly urban, compared to the usual depictions of country life or small villages in earlier Latvian literature
Feb 9 Vasilij Kvachantiradze credited with confirmed kills numbering at least 215 officers and soldiers of the German Wehrmacht during the Vitebsk-Orsha Offensive. and around 534 confirmed kills total during Operation Bagration or during the war.
Feb 10 Armen Tigranian an Armenian music composer and conductor. His best-known works were two national operas, Anoush and Davit Bek ; the latter of which premiered only months before his death and was his final composition
Feb 10 Marcel Mauss a French sociologist. The nephew of Émile Durkheim, Mauss's academic work traversed the boundaries between sociology and anthropology. Today, he is perhaps better recognised for his influence on the latter discipline; particularly with respect to his analyses of topics such as magic, sacrifice and gift exchange in different cultures around the world. Mauss had a significant influence upon Claude Lévi-Strauss, the founder of structural anthropology. His most famous book is The Gift
Feb 10 Herbert Nicol a British rugby union player who competed in the 1900 Summer Olympics.
Feb 12 Bernard Meninsky a figurative artist, painter of figures and landscape in oils, watercolour and gouache, draughtsman and teacher.
Feb 12 Boris Vladimirski a Soviet painter of the Socialist Realism school.
Feb 12 Fridrihs Bošs a Latvian cyclist. He competed in two events at the 1912 Summer Olympics for the Russian Empire
Feb 12 Dirk Coster a Dutch physicist. He was a Professor of Physics and Meteorology at the University of Groningen
Feb 13 Rafael Sabatini an Italian/English writer of novels of romance and adventure.
Feb 14 Hubert Weise a highly decorated Generaloberst in the Luftwaffe during World War He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Hubert Weise was captured Allied troops in May 1945 and was released in 1947
Feb 14 Karl Guthe Jansky an American physicist and radio engineer who in August 1931 first discovered radio waves emanating from the Milky Way. He is considered one of the founding figures of radio astronomy