Michael H. Hart

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Michael H. Hart
Born (1932-04-27) April 27, 1932 (age 83)
New York City
Nationality American
Fields Astrophysics
Alma mater Cornell University
Princeton University
Known for The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History

Michael H. Hart (born April 27, 1932) is an American astrophysicist and author, most notably of The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History. He has described himself as a white separatist[1] and is active in white separatist causes.


Hart's first book was The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History (1978), which has sold more than 500,000 copies and been translated into 15 languages.[2] The first person on Hart's list was Muhammad, chosen over Jesus or Moses. (Hart, 1992) Hart attributes this to the fact that Muhammad was "supremely successful" in both the religious and secular realms. He also accredits Muhammad for his role in the development of Islam, far more influential than Jesus' contribution to the development of Christianity. Hart claims that St. Paul was more pivotal than Jesus to the growth of Christianity.

His fourth book, Understanding Human History, was called "racist" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.[3]

Racial conferences[edit]

In 1996, Hart addressed a conference organized by Jared Taylor's white separatist organization, New Century Foundation, publisher of American Renaissance. He proposed partitioning the United States into four states: a white state, a black state, a Hispanic state, and an integrated mixed-race state.[1]

At the 2006 American Renaissance conference, Hart, who is Jewish, had a public confrontation with David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and former Louisiana state representative, over Duke's antisemitic remarks.[4][5]

Hart organized a conference held in Baltimore in 2009 with the title, Preserving Western Civilization. It was billed as addressing the need to defend "America's Judeo-Christian heritage and European identity" from immigrants, Muslims, and African Americans. Invited speakers included: Lawrence Auster, Peter Brimelow, Steven Farron, Julia Gorin, Lino A. Graglia, Henry C. Harpending, Roger D. McGrath, Pat Richardson, J. Philippe Rushton, Srdja Trifković, and Brenda Walker. The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center described the conference as "racist".[6][3]


  • The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, 1978 (Revised Edition, 1992)
  • Extra-Terrestrials, Where Are They? (co-edited with Ben Zuckerman), 1982 (Second Edition, 1995)
  • A View from the Year 3000 (Poseidon Press, 1999)
  • Understanding Human History (Washington Summit Publishers, 2007)
  • Restoring America (VDare, 2015)


  1. ^ a b Interview with Michael H. Hart by Russell K. Neili, April 14, 2000. Carol M. Swain; Russ Nieli (24 March 2003). Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism in America. Cambridge University Press. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-521-81673-1.  "I (like other white separatists) resent being called a white supremacist."
  2. ^ "Index Translationum". www.unesco.org. The Arabic translation is not included in the list of languages. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  3. ^ a b Smith, Janet (18 March 2009). "Mainstream Scholars Attend Racist Conference Hosted By Jewish Astrophysicist". Hatewatch. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Heidi Beirich and Mark Potok, Irreconcilable Differences, Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report, summer 2006.
  5. ^ Jonathan Tilove (2006-03-03). "White Nationalist Conference Ponders Whether Jews and Nazis Can Get Along – Forward.com". Forward. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  6. ^ http://www.adl.org/civil-rights/immigration/c/racists-gather-in-maryland.html

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