Top 100 most influential people in History

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  1. mcpon

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    This is my list, so who would be on yours? I know that some of these entries are questionable.
    1. # Mohammed
    2. # Aristotle
    3. # Tsai Lun (credited with the invention of paper)
    4. # Johann Gutenberg
    5. # Jesus of Nazareth
    6. # Paul of Tarsus
    7. # Shih Huang Ti
    8. # Louis Pasteur
    9. # Plato
    10. # Siddhartha Guatama
    11. # Confucius
    12. # Abraham (reportedly the founder of Judaism)
    13. # Isaac Newton
    14. # Sri Krishna (since I included Abraham, I'm going to include him too, his historiocity wasn't challenged until Christian missionaries did so)
    15. # Euclid
    16. # Tim Berners Lee (invented the world wide web (with help))
    17. # Adolf Hitler
    18. # James Watt / Matthew Boulton (Watt invented it, but Boulton manufactured it and made it into big business)
    19. # Constantine I (the Great)
    20. # Genghis Kahn
    21. # Thomas Edison
    22. # Karl Marx
    23. # Alexander the Great
    24. # Albert Einstein
    25. # Nikolai Tesla (invented the radio as found by the Supreme Court & pioneered AC polyphase power distribution system)
    26. # Christopher Columbus
    27. # Hernan Cortes
    28. # Nicolas Copernicus
    29. # Socrates (just because of his reputation)
    30. # Philo T. Farnsworth (invented electronic television that most closely resembles contemporary ones)
    31. # Asoka (for turning Buddhism from a tiny sect into a world religion, brought Mauryan empire to largest land extent)
    32. # Moses
    33. # Augustus Caesar
    34. # Gavrilo Princip (unwittingly, triggered the two World Wars and Cold War)
    35. # Henry Bessemer
    36. # Sui Wen Ti (reunified China)
    37. # Martin Luther
    38. # Umar (greatly expanded the Islamic empire outside of Saudi Arabia and most responsible for establishing the Islamic government of today, and most of his conquests have stayed Muslim)
    39. # Pope Urban II (his speech ignited the Crusades)
    40. # Galileo Galilei
    41. # Sigmund Freud
    42. # St. Thomas Aquinas
    43. # Charles Darwin
    44. # Alexander Graham Bell (telephone would have been invented anyways without him, but still beat Root to it)
    45. # Charlemagne
    46. # Nicolas von Otto (developed a car engine that most closely resembles contemporary ones)
    47. # William the Conqueror
    48. # Francisco Pizarro
    49. # Saint Augustine of Hippo
    50. # James Clerk Maxwell
    51. # Saint Cyrill and Methodius (invented the Cyrillic alphabet which is still in use in the Russian language and some other eastern Slavic languages, not higher because its just a similar derivative of the Greek alphabet)
    52. # Napoleon
    53. # Lao Tse
    54. # Zoroaster
    55. # Galen (his emphasis on investigation and observation influenced Arabic science and he was the leading medical authority in the west for around 1400 years)
    56. # Ibn Al-Haytham (Alhacen, "first modern scientist")
    57. # Adam Smith
    58. # Wilbur & Orville Wright (Wright brothers)
    59. # Bardeen, Brattain, Shockley (invented the transistor)
    60. # Queen Isabella & Ferdinand
    61. # Julius Caesar
    62. # Cyrus II (the Great)
    63. # Menes (started the dynastic tradition of Egypt)
    64. # George Washington
    65. # William Shakespeare
    66. # Steve Jobs / Steve Wozniak (invented the personal computer)
    67. # Jack Kilby / Robert Noyce (for inventing the silicon chip)
    68. # William T. G. Morton
    69. # John Locke
    70. # Sir Alexander Fleming
    71. # Muawiya I (of the Umayyad dynasty)
    72. # Michael Faraday
    73. # Adi Sankara (revived Hinduism after Buddhism and Jainism were starting to take over Southeast Asia)
    74. # Vladimir Lenin
    75. # Antoine Lavoisier (downgraded because I don't know how much of the credit goes to al-Biruni, etc.)
    76. # Simon Bolivar
    77. # Maharshi Veda Vyasa (I'm going to credit him with the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita or just only the BG)
    78. # Mencius
    79. # Al-Khwarizmi / Leonardo Fibonacci (for their parts in getting the West to adopt the Hindu-Arabic numeral system that is used by most countries in the world today (along with their other influences on math))
    80. # Richard Arkwright
    81. # Mao Zedong
    82. # Werner Heisenberg
    83. # Madhavira
    84. # Nagarjuna
    85. # Alan Turing
    86. # John Calvin
    87. # Han Wu Ti ("martial emperor" not the other one)
    88. # Leo Baekeland (invented the first "real" plastic)
    89. # Mani
    90. # Edward Jenner / Lady Montagu
    91. # Joseph Lister
    92. # Louis Daguerre (would have happened anyways, but still beat Fox Talbot to it)
    93. # Du Fu (poet influential in China and Japan)
    94. # Alessandro Volta
    95. # Enrico Fermi
    96. # Johann Karl Frederich Gauss
    97. # Homer (wrote Greece's national epic poems)
    98. # Ferdowsi (wrote Persia's national epic poem)
    99. # Zhu Xi
    100. # Ibn Firnas / Salvino D'Armati (supposed inventors of reading stones and eyeglasses, respectively)
     
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  2. Andres

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    No Guazzelli? That list is biased.
     
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    1. The guy who invented fire. Actually, it was probably a woman. ;)
    2. The guy-most definitely a guy-who invented the wheel.

    I'll have to give a think, thank, thunk on the other 98.

    -Robert
     
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  4. OrangeOne

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    I would have posted mine, however there was no need, until 96 we were in perfect agreement (I mean, who doesn't have their own pre-prepared list of the top 100 people in history.

    However I them saw the following. Pleaaaase.

    96. Homer (wrote Greece's national epic poems

    ...should have been at 97, and

    97. Ferdowsi (wrote Persia's national epic poem)

    ...should have been at 96.

    I mean, everyone knows that! :confused::confused:
     
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    No Federer?

    While he's definitely not MIOAT, he has to be close. Give him a few years and he can be on top.
     
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  6. TheShaun

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    rather similar to Michael Hart's list. Only rearranged and with some of your own thrown in. http://www.dlmark.net/hundred.htm
     
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  7. mcpon

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    True. I based my list off of his. Tried to make it less eurocentric, throw in people from the information age, etc.
     
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  8. forzainter

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    I think Bin Laden should be on the list, he's been more than influential recently, hasn't he?
     
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  9. drakulie

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    Where is "God"??? He should most definitely be #1.

    Whether you, or the people on your list believe in him or not, they have all been infulenced by him. The search of "God" has been going on since the beginning, which has resulted in numerous endless effects on everyone in the history of the world.
     
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  10. forzainter

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    not a person, I do believe
     
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  11. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    ^^Many could argue neither are some of the "persons" on that list.
     
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  12. forzainter

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    true, but I think the general opinion of God is that 'it' is an omnipresent, omnipotent being
     
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  13. Swissv2

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    If I were to make a list of #100, then I am TRULY bored. :p

    Though I would move Aristotle down a bit.
     
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  14. OrangeOne

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    If it's not your list, ever thought to give credit to the person whose list you have, let's face it, copied?

    Personally, I was impressed that someone had the knowledge to assemble such a list. I'm now, well, somewhat less impressed.
     
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    It took me 3 months to complete the list, and you basically have to be addicted like a dope-fiend like I was (to the list). :)
     
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  17. 35ft6

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    I think the first guy who put a flame up to his fart should be on this list. Also, the guy who invented agriculture.
     
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  18. OrangeOne

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    Agreed, but in which order?
     
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    what about modern people who influenced today's way of life? like Elvis Presley? he broke down the "censorshipishness" of the 50's. and...The Beatles? Not to mention Benjamin Franklin....
     
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    What, did you get the book for Christmas? Although you listed Tim Berners Lee you failed to include Al Gore regarding the whole internet deal. You also forgot to add John Crapper who several billion people pay homage to on a daily basis (sometimes more than once). :mrgreen:
     
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  21. 35ft6

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    Agriculture number 1. Fart man, between Bell and Darwin.
     
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  22. Tennis-Chris

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    ^^^^^^^^^That is funny!!!!! But they are also both probably true, which makes them even funnier!:mrgreen:
     
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    what about our wonderful influential presidents!? don't they count for something?!
    btw i think hitler should be closer to the top.. he himself was pretty influential to convince an entire doomed country to go to war and try to take over the world.. leading to a world war.. and the ideas/principles that came out of this are pretty amazing
     
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    I'm replacing Saints Cyril and Methodius with Saint Clement of Ohrid, since the latter is the one traditionally credited with the invention of the Cyrillic alphabet.
     
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    Like I give a S**T!

    Bwuahahaha!! j/k, of course.

    -Robert
     
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    Most meaningful post of the thread so far.
     
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  28. superman1

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    Like they wouldn't have discovered that anyway.
     
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    I didn't realize we were capable of inventing fire and discovering paper.

    Humans rule!! Now where's my sammich?!?
     
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    cliff burton for beeing bad ass and giving us the best fcking band on the planet!
     
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    Wrong. He didn't discover it, he invented it (credited). Many things would have been invented or discovered anyways - Americas, laws of gravitation, computers, Christianity, etc.
     
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  32. Mick

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    Whoever helped create the internet should be on that list.
    Can you imagine life without the internet ?
     
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    Jesus is #5? My personal feelings aside...that guy is a solid #1.

    Of course, you can argue that Adam and Eve are the most influential human beings ever created...
     
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    So Leo DiCrapio buys a $3000 Crapio, not surprised, ;)
     
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    get out!!! greece is better!
     
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    delete this post please as it's a duplicate of the next one.
     
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    A revised list:

    Muhammed
    Jesus
    Johannes Gutenberg
    Christopher Columbus
    Apostle Paul
    Cai Lun
    Thomas Edison
    Louis Pasteur
    Isaac Newton
    Buddha

    Shihuangdi/Li Si
    Constantine
    James Watt
    Edward Jenner
    James Clerk Maxwell
    Fritz Haber
    Albert Einstein
    Asoka
    Alexander Fleming
    Octavian

    Confucius
    Abel Wolman/Enslow
    Alexander
    Charles Darwin
    Michael Faraday
    Thales
    Galileo Galilei
    Carl Bosch
    George Washington
    Charles Goodyear

    Martin Luther
    Temujin
    Napoleon Bonaparte
    Karl Landsteiner
    John Smeaton
    Thespis
    John Snow
    Fibonacci
    John Harrington
    Matthew Boulton

    Nikolaus Otto
    Alessandro di Spina
    Wright brothers
    Norman Borlaug
    Francisco Pizarro
    Eli Whitney
    Alexander G. Bell
    Tim Berners-Lee
    Adolf Hitler
    M. Wollstonecraft

    Joseph Aspdin
    Robert/George Stephenson
    Ebenezer C. Morley
    Simon Bolivar
    Otto Hahn/Strassmann
    Nicolas Appert
    Abraham Darby I
    Pierre de Coubertin
    Gabriel Mouton

    Alfonso X of Castile
    Badarayana (Brahma Sutras only)
    Ozdemir Pasha
    James B. Duke/Bonsack
    Philo T. Farnsworth
    Adolf Lande
     
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  38. r2473

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    Francis Bacon, the inventor of bacon, is #1 on my list.
     
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    Fedace
    Chopin
    Conquistador
     
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    Roger.


    I mean Roger Waters of course.
     
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    The modern world was designed by this man and him only
     
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    His rock band sucked though.
     
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    Ayn Rand
    and the rest is history :)
     
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    Jimmy Page
    Bjorn Borg
    Michael Jordan
     
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    You wanna put Al Gore on the list?
     
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    Yes.

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    I really credit you for some of the names you have on here but you have to give Socrates some more credit if you have Aristotle at two (he was a student of Plato who was a student of Socrates after all).

    Also, I think Gandhi should fit in there somewhere.
     
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    Roger Federer, who was I kiddin'
     
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    Mahatma Gandhi???
     
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