The following is a list of notable world figures who died on February 1.

  1. 1248 - Henry II, Duke of Brabant (b. 1207)
  2. 1328 - King Charles IV of France (b. 1294)
  3. 1542 - Girolamo Aleandro, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1480)
  4. 1563 - Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia (died of fever)
  5. 1590 - Lawrence Humphrey, English clergyman and educator
  6. 1691 - Pope Alexander VIII (b. 1610)
  7. 1718 - Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury, English politician (b. 1660)
  8. 1733 - King Augustus II of Poland (b. 1670)
  9. 1734 - John Floyer, English physician and writer (b. 1649)
  10. 1743 - Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer (b. 1657)
  11. 1761 - Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French historian (b. 1682)
  12. 1768 - Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, British cavalry officer (b. 1685)
  13. 1793 - William Wildman Shute Barrington, British statesman (b. 1717)
  14. 1851 - Mary Shelley, English author (b. 1797)
  15. 1893 - George Henry Sanderson, Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1824)
  16. 1897 - Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist (b. 1826)
  17. 1903 - George Gabriel Stokes, Irish physicist (b. 1819)
  18. 1908 - King Carlos I of Portugal (b. 1863)
  19. 1928 - Hughie Jennings, baseball player (b. 1869)
  20. 1944 - Piet Mondriaan, Dutch painter (b. 1872)
  21. 1957 - Friedrich Paulus, German general (b. 1890)
  22. 1958 - Clinton Davisson, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1888)
  23. 1959 - Madame Sul-Te-Wan, American actress (b. 1873)
  24. 1963 - Fleetwood Lindley, the last living person to see Abraham Lincoln's face (b. 1888)
  25. 1966 - Hedda Hopper, American gossip columnist (b. 1885)
  26. 1966 - Buster Keaton, American actor (b. 1895)
  27. 1970 - Alfréd Rényi, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1921)
  28. 1976 - Werner Heisenberg, German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1901)
  29. 1976 - George Whipple, American scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1878)
  30. 1980 - Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (b. 1930)
  31. 1981 - Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1892)
  32. 1981 - Geirr Tveitt, Norwegian composer (b. 1908)
  33. 1986 - Alva Myrdal, Swedish politician, diplomat, and writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1902)
  34. 1988 - Heather O'Rourke, American actress (b. 1975)
  35. 1989 - Elaine de Kooning, American artist (b. 1918)
  36. 1991 - Carol Dempster, American actress (b. 1901)
  37. 1997 - Herb Caen, American newspaper columnist (b. 1916)
  38. 1999 - Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (b. 1907)
  39. 2002 - Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (b. 1925)
  40. 2003 - Michael P. Anderson, astronaut, Crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1959)
  41. 2003 - David Brown, astronaut, Crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1956)
  42. 2003 - Kalpana Chawla, astronaut, Crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  43. 2003 - Laurel Clark, astronaut, Crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  44. 2003 - Rick D. Husband, astronaut, Crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1957)
  45. 2003 - Willie McCool, astronaut, Crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  46. 2003 - Ilan Ramon, astronaut, Crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1954)
  47. 2003 - Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist and band leader (b. 1922)
  48. 2005 - John Vernon, Canadian actor (b. 1932)