100 Most Influential Persons in History

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YearsNameNotable Achievements
570 - 632Founder of Islam, conquered Arab world
1642-1727Formulated laws of motion, gravity, authored 'Principia'
c. 6bc - c. 30adFounder of Christianity
563bc - 483bcFounder of Buddhism
551bc - 479bcFounder of Confusianism
c. 4 - c. 64Aggressive proselytizer of Christianity, authored several New Testament books
c. 105Invented paper
1400 - 1468Invented movable-type printing press
1451 - 1506Discovered America for the Europeans
1879 - 1955Formulated the theories of relativity
1822 - 1895Advocated germ theory
1564 - 1642Developed scientific method,
384bc - 322bcOriginated study of formal logic
c. 300bcOrganized known mathematics in 'Elements'
c. 1300bcAuthored the Torah, founded Jewish monotheism
1809 - 1882Presented the mechanism (natural selection) for evolution
259bc - 210bcUnited China, instituted sweeping reforms
63bc - 14adFounded Roman Empire
1473 - 1543Worked out theory of heliocentrism
1743 - 1794Formulated modern chemical theory
c. 280 - 337First Christian emperor of Rome
1736 - 1819Invented first practical steam engine
1791 - 1867Invented first electric motor
1831 - 1879Formulated basic laws of electricity and magnetism
1483 - 1546Defied Catholic Church, inaugurating the Reformation
1732 - 1799Led America's war for independence, First U.S. President
1818 - 1883 & 1820 - 1895Formed theoretical basis for Communism
1871 - 1943 & 1867 - 1912Invented the airplane
c. 1162 - 1227United the Mongol world
1723 - 1790Presented first systematic theory of economics
1550 - 1604Influential playwright and poet
1766 - 1844Introduced atomic hypothesis to mainstream science
356bc - 323bcConquered Persia, Asia Minor, Babylon
1769 - 1821General during French Revolution, ruled France for 14 years
YearsNameNotable Achievements
1847 - 1931Created first large research lab, invented over 1,000 devices
1632 - 1723Disovered microbes
1819 - 1868Principally responsible for introducing anesthesia in surgery
1874 - 1937Invented the radio
1889 - 1945German chancellor, primary instigator of WWII
427bc - 347bcInfluential writer on philosphy, ethics, government
1599 - 1658Military leader, responsible for parliamentary democracy in England
1847 - 1922Invented the telephone
1881 - 1955Discovered penicillin
1632 - 1704Created first coherent form of ideas of constitutional democracy
1770 - 1827Innovative, influential musician, caused music to be viewed as high art
1901 - 1976Physicist, played large role in development of quantum mechanics
1787 - 1851Developed first practical method of photography
1783 - 1830Liberated Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia
1596 - 1650Philosopher who advocated skepticism
1475 - 1564Influential painter, sculptor, architect
1042 - 1099Called for a recapture of the Holy Lands ('Crusades')
c. 586 - 644Early caliph, conquered Syria and Palestine
c. 300bc - 232bcMonarch who adopted and popularized Buddhism
354 - 430Christian theologian, influenced church doctrine
1578 - 1657Discovered the circulation of blood & function of the heart
1871 - 1937Central figure in radioactivity, originated study of nuclear physics
1509 - 1564Protestant reformer, founded Calvinism
1822 - 1884Discovered basic principles of heredity
1858 - 1947Provided starting point for quantum theory
1827 - 1912Introduced antiseptic measures in surgery
1832 - 1891Built the first 4-stroke internal combustion engine
c. 1475 - 1541Conquered the Inca empire
1485 - 1547Conquered Aztecs in Mexico
1743 - 1826Author of Declaration of Independence, U.S. President
1451 - 1504 & 1452 - 1516United Spain, instituted Inquisition, financed Columbus' voyage
1879 - 1953Soviet dictator, collectivized agriculture, purged dissidents
100bc - 44bcPrecipitated downfall of Roman Republic, conquered Gaul
c. 1027 - 1087Conquered England
YearsNameNotable Achievements
1856 - 1939Originated psychoanalysis
1749 - 1823Developed and popularized vaccinating
1845 - 1923Discovered x-rays
1685 - 1750Musician, combined different national styles of music
c. 300bcAuthored 'Tao Te Ching'
1694 - 1778Poet, playwright, novelist, influential figure of Enlightenment
1571 - 1630Discovered laws of planetary motion
1901 - 1954Designed first nuclear reactor
1707 - 1783Made important contributions to applied & pure mathematics and mathematical notation
1712 - 1778Writer, influenced Romanticism, educational theory & practice
1469 - 1527Political theorist, principle founder of modern political thought
1766 - 1834Stressed importance of problems of overpopulation
1917 - 1963Primarily responsible for instituting the Apollo Space Program
1903 - 1967Played principle role in devolpment of oral contraceptive
216 - 276Founded Manichaeism
1870 - 1924Established Communism in Russia
541 - 604Emperor, reunified China
c. 1460 - 1524Discovered sea route from Europe to India
c. 590bc - 529bcFounded the Persian Empire, overthrew Media, Babylonia
1672 - 1725Czar, established policy of westernization in Russia
1893 - 1976Led Communist party to power in China, ruled China for 27 years
1561 - 1626Influential philosopher, advocated scientific investigation
1863 - 1947Industrialist, primarily responsible for introducing mass production techniques
c. 371bc - c. 289bcPhilosopher, promoted idealistic & optomistic view of humanity
c. 628bc - c. 551bcFounded Zoroastrianism
1533 - 1603Monarch, Guided England to position of world power
1931 - Brought reforms to Soviet Union, played large role in freeing Eastern Europe
c. 3100bcUnited Egypt, established one kingdom
742 - 814Founded the Holy Roman Empire, conquered Saxony
c. 700bcAuthored 'The Iliad' and 'The Odyssey'
483 - 565Codified Roman law
c. 599bc - c. 527bcLeading figure in development of Jainism

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