The Most Important People of All Time – Chronological

I found 24 lists of “Most Important People”, “Most Important Historical Figures”, “Most Influential People” or “People Who Changed the World” and combined them into one list.  The results are below – every person on at least three of the original source lists, organized chronologically by date of birth.  Each entry includes: (1) name; (2) birth and death dates; (3) country; and (4) a brief description of the person and their accomplishments.  The number in parentheses at the end of each entry indicates the number of original source lists the person was on.  As usual, you can click on most of the images to enlarge them.

IMHOTEP (c. 2650-2600 BCE) Ancient Egypt.  Architect, engineer and physician. Served as chancellor and high priest under Pharoah Djoser.  Designed the Step Pyramid of Djoser – the first known pyramid. (on 4 lists)
Bronze statue of Imhotep in the Louvre (c. 330 BCE).
Bronze statue of Imhotep in the Louvre (c. 330 BCE).

KHUFU (Cheops) (2609-2584 BCE) Ancient Egypt. Old Kingdom Pharaoh of the 4th Dynasty. Built Great Pyramid at Giza. (on 4 lists)
Ivory figurine of Khufu, possibly contemporary. Now in Cairo Museum.
Ivory figurine of Khufu, possibly contemporary. Now in Cairo Museum.

ABRAHAM (c. 1812–1637 BCE) Middle East. Legendary founding father of the Israelites. Book of Genesis. (on 5 lists)
Caravaggio's Sacrifice of Isaac (1603), depicting Abraham in story from Book of Genesis.
Caravaggio’s Sacrifice of Isaac (1603), depicting Abraham in story from Book of Genesis.

HAMMURABI (c. 1792-1750 BCE) Babylon (now Iraq). Military and political leader. King of Babylon.  Established earliest known code of laws. Code of Hammurabi (c. 1772 BCE). (on 4 lists)Bas relief of Hammurabi receiving the law code from the god Shamash (c. 1750 BCE).
Bas relief of Hammurabi receiving the law code from the god Shamash (c. 1750 BCE).

MOSES (c. 1500-1400 BCE) Egypt/Judea. Legendary religious leader and prophet of the Israelites. Book of Exodus. (8)
Rembrandt's Moses with the Ten Commandments (1659).
Rembrandt’s Moses with the Ten Commandments (1659).

RAMESSES THE GREAT (Ramesses II) (c. 1303-1213 BCE) Ancient Egypt. Pharaoh of 19th Dynasty in the New Kingdom. Led Egyptian armies to many victories and greatly expanded territory.  Built many cities, temples and monuments. (on 6 lists)
Statue of Ramsses the Great.
Statue of Ramsses the Great.

ZOROASTER (Zarathustra) (c. 11th-10th Century BCE) Persia (now Iran). Philosopher, religious figure and writer. Founder of Zoroastrianism. The Gathas. (on 6 lists)Zoroaster (with globe) in detail from Raphael's The School of Athens (1509).
Zoroaster (with globe) in detail from Raphael’s The School of Athens (1509).

HOMER (c. 750-650 BC) Ancient Greece. Poet. Traditional author of the epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey. (9)
Statue of Homer outside Bavarian Museum in Munich.
Statue of Homer outside Bavarian Museum in Munich.

SAPPHO (610-570 BCE) Ancient Greece. Lyric poet. (on 5 lists)
Bust of Sappho in Musei Capitolini, Rome. Roman copy of a 5th Century Greek original.
Bust of Sappho in Musei Capitolini, Rome. Roman copy of a 5th Century Greek original.

CYRUS THE GREAT (600-530 BCE) Persia (now Iran). Military and political leader. Founder of Achaemenid Empire in Persia. Probably killed in battle. (on 5 lists)
A bust of Cyrus the Great.
A bust of Cyrus the Great.

LAO TZU (Laozi) (fl. 6th Century BCE) China. Philosopher and writer. Traditional founder of Taoism. Tao Te Ching. (on 6 lists)
Song Dynasty stone sculpture of Laozi at the foot of Mount Qingyuan (960-1279).
Stone sculpture of Laozi at the foot of Mount Qingyuan from the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

PYTHAGORAS (c. 570-495 BCE) Ancient Greece. Mathematician and philosopher. Founder of Pythagoreanism (religious movement). (on 4 lists)
Bust of Pythagoras from Musei Capitolini, Rome. Marble Roman copy of a 5th Century BCE Greek bronze original.
Bust of Pythagoras from Musei Capitolini, Rome. Marble Roman copy of a 5th Century BCE Greek bronze original.

BUDDHA (Siddhartha Gautama) (c. 563-483 BCE) Nepal/India. Founder of Buddhism. (14)
A statue of the Buddha preaching the law, from Sarnath, India (4th Century CE).
A statue of the Buddha preaching the law, from Sarnath, India (4th Century CE).

DARIUS THE GREAT (Darius I) (558-486 BCE) Persia (now Iran). Military and political leader. King of Persia.  Expanded Persian Empire. (on 3 lists)
Darius relief at Persepolis c. 500 BCE
Relief sculpture of Darius the Great (center) receiving tribute at Persepolis, c. 500 BCE.

CONFUCIUS (551-479 BCE) China. Philosopher. Founder of Confucianism, the dominant ethical and philosophical ideology of China for much of its history. (15)
Tang Dynasty painting of Confucius by Wu Daozi.
Tang Dynasty painting of Confucius by Wu Daozi (c. 618-907).

SUN TZU (c. 544-496 BCE) China. Military general, strategist and philosopher. Known best as the author of The Art of War. (on 3 lists)
Statue of Sun Tzu in Yurihama, Tottori, Japan.
Statue of Sun Tzu in Yurihama, Tottori, Japan.

PERICLES (c. 495-429 BCE) Ancient Greece.  Military and political leader.  Led Athens to victory in war.  Created Athenian Empire. (on 4 lists)
Bust of Pericles in the Museo Pio Clementino, Vatican City. It is a Roman-made marble copy of a Greek original by Cresilas dating from around 430 BCE.
Bust of Pericles in the Museo Pio Clementino, Vatican City. It is a Roman-made marble copy of a Greek original by Cresilas dating from around 430 BCE.

EURIPIDES (c. 480–406 BCE) Ancient Greece.  Prolific Athenian author of tragic plays. Medea. The Bacchae. Electra. (on 4 lists)
Bust of Euripides in the Museo Pio Clementino. It is a Roman marble copy of a 4th Century BCE Greek original.
Bust of Euripides in the Museo Pio Clementino. It is a Roman marble copy of a 4th Century BCE Greek original.

SOCRATES (c. 470-399 BCE) Ancient Greece. Skeptical philosopher known mostly through the writings of his student Plato.  “All I know is that I know nothing.” His trial and death sentence are described in Plato’s Apology. (12)
Head of Socrates in the Louvre, Paris. Probably a 1st Century CE Roman marble copy of Greek bronze original by Lysippos.
Bust of Socrates in the Louvre, Paris. Probably a 1st Century CE Roman marble copy of Greek bronze original by Lysippos.

PLATO (428-347 BCE) Ancient Greece. Philosopher and writer. Founded and taught at The Academy in Athens. The Republic. The Symposium. (15)
Bust of Plato in the Centrale Montemartini, Vatican City. Roman copy of a Greek original by Silanion from 428 BCE.
Bust of Plato in the Centrale Montemartini, Vatican City. Roman copy of a Greek original by Silanion from 428 BCE.

ARISTOTLE (384-322 BCE) Ancient Greece. Philosopher and scientist.  Created comprehensive system of Western philosophy.  Nicomachean Ethics. Poetics. Metaphysics. Politics. (16)
Bust of Aristotle in National Museum of Rome. Roman marble copy of Greek bronze original by Lysippos from 330 BCE.
Bust of Aristotle in National Museum of Rome. Roman marble copy of Greek bronze original by Lysippos from 330 BCE. The alabaster mantle is a more recent addition.

ALEXANDER THE GREAT (356-323 BCE) Macedon (now in Greece). Military general and political leader of vast empire. Defeated Persians. (16)
Portrait of Alexander the Great from floor mosaic found in Pompeii, Italy, dating from 100 BCE. Now in Naples National Archaeological Museum.
Portrait of Alexander the Great from floor mosaic found in Pompeii, Italy, dating from 100 BCE. Now in Naples National Archaeological Museum.

ASHOKA THE GREAT (Ashoka Maurya) (304-232 BCE) India. Military leader and Emperor of Maurya empire on Indian subcontinent.  Encouraged spread of Buddhism in India. (7) A relief sculpture of Ashoka the Great (left) found at Gulbarga stupa in southern India and dating from 1-200 CE.
A relief sculpture of Ashoka the Great (left) found at Gulbarga stupa in southern India and dating from 100-200 CE.

EUCLID (fl. 300 BCE) Ancient Greece. Mathematician. Developed principles of what is now known as Euclidean geometry.  Elements. (on 5 lists)
Statue of Euclid at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, UK. Created by Joseph Durham between 1835 and 1877.
Statue of Euclid at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, UK. Created by Joseph Durham between 1835 and 1877.

ARCHIMEDES (c. 287-212 BCE) Ancient Greece. Philosopher, mathematician, scientist, engineer and inventor. Developed hydrostatics, statics and the lever principle.  Invented siege engines and screw pump. (9)
A painting of Archimedes by Domenico Fetti, from 1620.
A painting of Archimedes by Domenico Fetti, from 1620.

QIN SHI HUANG (Zhao Zheng) (259-210 BCE) China. Military and political leader. First emperor of unified China. Undertook major economic and political reforms and building projects. (on 6 lists)
A painting of Qin Shi Huang.
A portrait of Qin Shi Huang.

JULIUS CAESAR (100-44 BCE) Ancient Rome. Political and military leader. Conquered Gaul. Established dynasty that ruled for the next century. Instrumental in Rome’s change from republic to empire. Assassinated. (13)
Bust of Julius Caesar in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. It is a 110 CE copy of a 50 BCE original.
Bust of Julius Caesar in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. It is a 110 CE copy of a 50 BCE original.

VIRGIL (Publius Vergilius Maro) (70-19 BCE) Ancient Rome.  Poet. Wrote the epic poem The Aeneid (29-19 BCE), which tells the legend of Rome’s founding by Aeneas, a Trojan warrior (on 4 lists).
A bust of Virgil from 45 BCE.
A bust of Virgil from 45 BCE.

CLEOPATRA (c. 69-30 BCE) Ancient Egypt. Political leader. Last Pharoah of the Ptolemy Dynasty. Used relationships with Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Marc Antony to solidify her grip on the throne. (10)
A 1663 depiction of Cleopatra committing suicide with an asp, by Cesare Gennari.
A 1663 depiction of Cleopatra committing suicide with an asp, by Cesare Gennari.

AUGUSTUS CAESAR (formerly Octavian) (63 BCE-14 CE) Ancient Rome. Military and political leader. First Roman Emperor. Instituted Pax Romana. (11)
A statue of Augustus from the 1st Century CE, known as the Augustus of Prima Porta. It is now in the Chiaramonti Museum, Vatican City.
A statue of Augustus from the 1st Century CE, known as the Augustus of Prima Porta. It is now in the Chiaramonti Museum, Vatican City.

JESUS OF NAZARETH (c. 3 BCE-30 CE) Judea, Roman Empire (now Israel). Central figure of Christianity. The New Testament. Crucified by the Roman Empire. (17)
Mosaic of Jesus Christ from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, from the late 13th Century.
Mosaic of Jesus Christ from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, from the late 13th Century.

PAUL THE APOSTLE (formerly Saul of Tarsus) (c. 5-67) Asia Minor (now Turkey). Early Christian missionary.  Letters of Paul. (10)
A portrait of Paul the Apostle by Bartolomeo Montagna, from 1482. It is now in the Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan.
A portrait of Paul the Apostle by Bartolomeo Montagna, from 1482. It is now in the Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan.

CAI LUN (Ts’ai Lun) (c. 50-121) China. Politician and artisan traditionally regarded as inventor of paper and the papermaking process. (on 4 lists)
Eighteenth Century print depicting Cai Lun.
Eighteenth Century print depicting Cai Lun.

BOUDICA (Boadicea) (died c. 60) Britannia (now UK). Queen of Celtic tribe, the Iceni. Led rebellion against Roman occupation. (on 3 lists)
Boadicea Haranguing the Britons, from 1793. Original engraving by John Opie; print by William Sharp.
Boadicea Haranguing the Britons, from 1793. Original engraving by John Opie; print by William Sharp.

MARCUS AURELIUS (121–180) Ancient Rome.  Roman Emperor and philosopher.  Meditations. (on 4 lists)
Bust of Marcus Aurelius from the Glyptothek in Munich, probably from the 2nd Century CE.
Bust of Marcus Aurelius from the Glyptothek in Munich, probably from the 2nd Century CE.

CONSTANTINE THE GREAT (272-337) Roman Empire. Military and political leader.  Roman Emperor. Converted to Christianity. Founded Constantinople. (10)
A bust of Constantine the Great from the 4th Century CE. It is now in the Museo Chiaramonti, Vatican City.
A bust of Constantine the Great from the 4th Century CE. It is now in the Museo Chiaramonti, Vatican City.

AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO (354-430) Hippo Regius, Roman Empire (now Algeria). Christian theologian and author.  Confessions.  City of God. (on 5 lists)
Portrait of St. Augustine by Peter Paul Rubens, from 1636-1638. It is now in the National Gallery of Prague.
Portrait of St. Augustine by Peter Paul Rubens, from 1636-1638. It is now in the National Gallery of Prague.

ATTILA THE HUN (c. 410-453) Hunnic Empire (centered in Hungary). Political and military leader of Hunnic Empire. Led many invasions against Western and Eastern Roman Empires.  Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (451). (on 6 lists)
The Feast of Attila, an 1870 painting by Mór Than. Now in the Hungarian National Gallery.
The Feast of Attila, an 1870 painting by Mór Than. Now in the Hungarian National Gallery.

MUHAMMAD (570-632) Arabia (now Saudi Arabia). Religious, political and military leader. Founder of Islam. The Qur’an. (15)
The name of Mohammed written in Arabic calligraphy.
The name of Muhammed written in Arabic calligraphy.

CHARLEMAGNE (c. 747-814) Frankish Kingdom (now France). Military and political leader.  King of the Franks, King of the Lombards and first Holy Roman Emperor. (8)A depiction of Charlemagne and hhis illegitimate son, Pippin the Hunchback. This is a 10th Century copy of an early 9th Century original.
A depiction of Charlemagne and his illegitimate son, Pippin the Hunchback. This is a 10th Century copy of an early 9th Century original.

MURASAKI SHIKIBU (c. 978-1025) Japan.  Novelist and poet.  Lady-in-waiting at Japanese Imperial Court during Heian period.  The Tale of Genji. (on 3 lists)
A portrait of Murasaki Shikibu writing at her desk, by Suzuki Harunobu in about 1767. This Edo period woodblock in the ukiyo-e style is now at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
A portrait of Murasaki Shikibu writing at her desk, by Suzuki Harunobu about 1767. This Edo period woodblock in the ukiyo-e style is now at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR (c.1028-1087) Normandy (now France)/UK. Military and political leader. Led Norman invasion of Anglo-Saxon England and became first Norman king of England. Possibly killed in battle. (9)
A depiction of William the Conqueror lifting his helmet to show he was still alive, part of the Bayeaux Tapestry, from the late 11th Century.
A depiction of William the Conqueror in battle, lifting his helmet to show he was still alive, part of the Bayeaux Tapestry, from the late 11th Century.

POPE URBAN II (c. 1042-1099) France/Vatican.  Roman Catholic religious leader.  Initiated the First Crusade to the Holy Land (1096-1099). (on 3 lists)
Statue of Pope Urban II in Clermont-Ferrand, France by Henri Gourgouillon, in 1898.
Statue of Pope Urban II in Clermont-Ferrand, France by Henri Gourgouillon, in 1898.

SALADIN (1138–1193) Mesopotamia (now Iraq)/Syria. Political and military leader.  First Sultan of Egypt and Syria and the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty. Led Arabs to victory over the Crusaders. (7)
Saladin the Victorious, in a 19th Century engraving by Gustave Doré.
Saladin the Victorious, a 19th Century engraving by Gustave Doré.

GENGHIS KAHN (c. 1162-1227) Mongolia. Political and military leader. Founder of Mongol Empire. Probably died in battle. (13)
Genghis Khan, as depicted in a 14th Century album of Yuan emperors. The album is now in the National Palace Museum of Taipei.
Genghis Khan, as depicted in a 14th Century album of Yuan emperors, which is now in the National Palace Museum of Taipei.

THOMAS AQUINAS (1225-1274) Italy. Catholic priest, theologian and philosopher. Summa Theologica (1265-1274). (on 5 lists)
Thomas Aquinas, as depicted by Gentile da Fabriano in a 1400 painting, now in the Pinacoteca di Brera, in Milan.
Thomas Aquinas, as depicted by Gentile da Fabriano in a 1400 painting, now in the Pinacoteca di Brera, in Milan.

MARCO POLO (c.1254-1324) Venice (now Italy). Explorer. Improved trade between Europe and the Far East. Spread knowledge of Asia. The Travels of Marco Polo (c. 1300). (9) Portrait of Marco Polo, possibly from the 16th Century.
Portrait of Marco Polo, possibly from the 16th Century.

DANTE ALIGHIERI (c. 1265-1321) Italy.  Poet.  The Divine Comedy (c. 1308-1321). (on 6 lists)
A portrait of Dante Aligheri by Andrea del Castagno in about 1450. It is a mural at the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.
A portrait of Dante Aligheri by Andrea del Castagno in about 1450. It is a mural at the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

GEOFFREY CHAUCER (c.1343-1400) UK. Writer and poet. The Canterbury Tales (c. 1400). (on 5 lists)
A portrait of Geoffrey Chaucer by Thomas Hoccleve in his 1412 book, Regiment of Princes.
A portrait of Geoffrey Chaucer by Thomas Hoccleve in his 1412 book, Regiment of Princes.

JOHANN GUTENBERG (c. 1395-1468) Germany. Printer and publisher. Invented movable type printing. (13)
A portrait of Johannes Gutenberg made shortly after his death in 1468.
A portrait of Johannes Gutenberg made shortly after his death in 1468.

JOAN OF ARC (1412-1431) France. Military leader and religious figure. Led France to numerous victories during Hundred Years War. Burned at the stake for heresy. (12) A portrait of Joan of Arc taken from a 1505 illustrated manuscript.
A portrait of Joan of Arc taken from a 1505 illustrated manuscript.

ISABELLA OF SPAIN (Isabella I of Castile) (1451-1504) Spain. Monarch of Spain with Ferdinand II of Aragon. Persecuted Jews and Muslims. Sponsored voyages of Columbus. (6) A 1520 portrait of Isabella of Spain.
A 1520 portrait of Isabella of Spain.

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS (1451-1506) Italy. Explorer. First European to reach the West Indies, leading to lasting contact between Europe and the Americas. (16) Posthumous portrait of Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo in 1519, now located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Posthumous portrait of Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo in 1519, now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

LEONARDO DA VINCI (1452-519) Italy. Artist, inventor & scientist. The Last Supper (1494-1498). Mona Lisa (1503-1506). (16)
A portrait of Leonardo da Vinci by Francesco Melzi, from after 1510. It is located in the Royal Library at Windsor, UK.
A portrait of Leonardo da Vinci by Francesco Melzi, from after 1510. It is located in the Royal Library at Windsor, UK.

VASCO DA GAMA (c.1460-1524) Portugal. Explorer and navigator. Found direct sea route from Europe to India. (8)
A portrait of Vasco da Gama from a 1565 manuscript.
A portrait of Vasco da Gama from a 1565 manuscript.

NICCOLÒ MACHIAVELLI (1469-1527) Italy. Historian, politician, diplomat and philosopher. The Prince (1532). (7)
Posthumous portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli by Santi di Tito from 1550-1603. It can be found in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy.
Posthumous portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli by Santi di Tito between 1550 and 1600. It can be found in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy.

NICOLAUS COPERNICUS (1473-1543) Poland. Astronomer. Developed heliocentric model of the universe. On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres (1543). (11)A 1580 portrait of Nikolaus Copernicus. It is located in the Town Hall of Toruń, Poland.
A 1580 posthumous portrait of Nicolaus Copernicus. It is located in the Town Hall of Toruń, Poland.

MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI (1475-1564) Italy. Renaissance sculptor, painter and architect.  Pieta (1498-1499). David (1501-1504).  Sistine Chapel Ceiling (1508-1512). (12) Portrait of Michelangelo Buonarroti by Jacopino del Conte from 1535. It is located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Portrait of Michelangelo Buonarroti by Jacopino del Conte from 1535. It is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

FERDINAND MAGELLAN (1480-1521) Portugal. Explorer. First European to cross the Pacific. Led first expedition to circumnavigate the globe. Killed in a battle with Philippine Islanders. (on 6 lists)
A portrait of Ferdinand Magellan from the 16th or 17th Century. It may be found in the Mariner's Museum Collection, Newport News, Virginia.
A portrait of Ferdinand Magellan from the 16th or 17th Century. It may be found in the Mariner’s Museum Collection, Newport News, Virginia.

MARTIN LUTHER (1483-1546) Germany. Theologian. Leader of Protestant Reformation against the Roman Catholic Church. The Ninety-Five Theses (1517). (14) A portrait of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder from around 1530. It is located in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.
A portrait of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder from around 1530. It is located in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

HERNANDO CORTÉS (1485-1547) Spain. Conquistador who conquered Aztecs and brought Mexico into Spanish Empire. (on 3 lists)
A portrait of Hernando (also known as Hernán) Cortés, possibly from the 16th Century.
A portrait of Hernando (also known as Hernán) Cortés, possibly from the 16th Century.

HENRY VIII (1491-1547) UK. Tudor king of England. Initiated English Reformation. (on 5 lists)
A portrait of Henry VIII painted by the workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger between 1537 and 1547. It is located in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK.
A portrait of Henry VIII painted by the workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger between 1537 and 1547. It is located in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK.

SULEIMAN THE MAGNIFICENT (1494-1566) Ottoman Empire (now Turkey). Military and political leader. Sultan of Ottoman Empire from 1520 to 1566. Greatly enlarged and strengthened empire. (on 3 lists)
A copy of Titian's portrait of Suleiman the Magnificent from about 1530-1540.
A copy of Titian’s portrait of Suleiman the Magnificent from about 1530-1540.

ANDREAS VESALIUS (1514-1564) Brabant (now Belgium). Anatomist, physician and author.  Father of modern human anatomy.  On the Fabric of the Human Body (1543). (on 3 lists) Portrait of Andreas Vesalius from 1543.
This portrait of Andreas Vesalius was included as an illustration in his 1543 book about the human body.

CATHERINE DE’ MEDICI (1519–1589) Italy/France. Noblewoman and French monarch.  Queen consort of King Henry II until his death and powerful leader during reigns of her children Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III. (on 4 lists)
A portrait of Catherine de' Medici from between 1547 and 1559. It is located in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.
A portrait of Catherine de’ Medici from between 1547 and 1559. It is located in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

ELIZABETH I (1533-1603) UK. Protestant Queen of England (1558-1603). Final Tudor monarch. Expanded British power. Defeated Spanish Armada. (13)
Portrait of Elizabeth I from 1575, known as The Darnley Portrait. It is located in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Portrait of Elizabeth I from 1575, known as The Darnley Portrait. It is located in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

AKBAR THE GREAT (1542–1605) India. Political and military leader. Mughal Emperor from 1556-1605. Greatly enlarged and strengthened Mughal Empire. (on 4 lists)
Sixteenth Century portrait of Akbar the Great.
Sixteenth Century portrait of Akbar the Great.

MIGUEL DE CERVANTES (1547-1616) Spain.  Novelist, poet and playwright.  Don Quixote (1605, 1615). (on 3 lists)
A portrait of Miguel de Cervantes from 1600, possibly by Juan de Jauregui. It is located at the Real Academia de la Historia in Madrid.
A 1600 portrait purported to be Miguel de Cervantes, possibly by Juan de Jauregui. It is located at the Real Academia de la Historia in Madrid.

FRANCIS BACON (1561-1626) UK. Philosopher, statesman, scientist and writer. Popularized the scientific method.  Essays (1597). Novum Organum (1620). The New Atlantis (1623). (on 5 lists) A 1617 portrait of Francis Bacon by Frans Pourbus the Younger. It is located in the Palace on the Water, Warsaw.
A 1617 portrait of Francis Bacon by Frans Pourbus the Younger. It is located in the Palace on the Water, Warsaw.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616) UK. Playwright and poet.  Hamlet (1600).  King Lear (1603-1606).  The Sonnets (1609). (17)
A 1610 portrait of a man many believe to be William Shakespeare, probably painted by John Taylor. It is located in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
A 1610 portrait of a man many believe to be William Shakespeare, probably painted by John Taylor. It is located in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

GALILEO GALILEI (1564-1642) Italy. Physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher. Made many scientific discoveries through experiment and observation, including proof of Copernicus’s heliocentric model.  Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (1632). (15) Portrait of Galileo Galilei by Justus Sustermans, from 1636. It is located in the National Maritime Museum, London.
Portrait of Galileo Galilei by Justus Sustermans, from 1636. It is located in the National Maritime Museum, London.

WILLIAM HARVEY (1578-1657) UK. Physician. First described circulation system and properties of blood. (on 4 lists)
Portrait of William Harvey from 1627, attributed to Daniel Mytens. It is located in the National Portrait Gallery. Used by permission.
Portrait of William Harvey from 1627, attributed to Daniel Mytens. It is located in the National Portrait Gallery. Used by permission.

THOMAS HOBBES (1588-1679) UK. Political philosopher. Leviathan (1651). (on 4 lists)
A 17th Century portrait of Thomas Hobbes by John Michael Wright. It is located in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
A 17th Century portrait of Thomas Hobbes by John Michael Wright. It is located in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

RENÉ DESCARTES (1596-1650) France/Dutch Republic. Philosopher, mathematician and writer. “I think, therefore I am.” Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) (9)A late 17th Century copy of Franz Hals' 1649 portrait of René Descartes. It is located in the Louvre, Paris.
A late 17th Century copy of Franz Hals’ 1649 portrait of René Descartes. It is located in the Louvre, Paris.

OLIVER CROMWELL (1599-1658) UK. Military and political leader. After winning civil war, helped overthrow and execute English king Charles I. Became Lord Protector of Puritan Commonwealth until his death. (8)
A 1656 portrait of Oliver Cromwell by Samuel Cooper. It is located in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
A 1656 portrait of Oliver Cromwell by Samuel Cooper. It is located in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

REMBRANDT VAN RIJN (1606-1669) The Netherlands. Dutch Golden Age painter and printmaker. The Night Watch (1654). The Jewish Bride (1665). Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar (1659). (on 4 lists)
Rembrandt's Self-Portrait of 1658. It is located in the Frick Collection, New York.
Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait of 1658. It is located in the Frick Collection, New York.

JOHN LOCKE (1632-1704) UK. Enlightenment philosopher and physician.  Two Treatises of Government (1689).  An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689). (7) A 1697 portrait of John Locke by Sir Godfrey Kneller. It is located in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.
A 1697 portrait of John Locke by Sir Godfrey Kneller. It is located in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

ANTONIE VAN LEEUWENHOEK (1632-1723) The Netherlands. Scientist and tradesman.  Pioneer of microbiology.  Improved accuracy of microscopes. (6)
A portrait of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek by Jan Verkolje from between 1670 and 1693. It is located in the Museum Boerhaave in Leiden.
A portrait of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek by Jan Verkolje from between 1670 and 1693. It is located in the Museum Boerhaave in Leiden.

LOUIS XIV (1638-1715) France.  King of France (1643-1715). Made France dominant force in Europe. (on 6 lists)
Hyacinthe Rigaud's 1701 portrait of Louis XIV, which is now located in the Louvre, Paris.
Hyacinthe Rigaud’s 1701 portrait of Louis XIV, which is now located in the Louvre, Paris.

ISAAC NEWTON (1643-1727) UK. Mathematician and physicist. Established basic principles of what is now called Newtonian physics.  Developed theory of gravity. Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy (1687). (17)
This portrait of Sir Isaac Newton was painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller in 1689, when Newton was 46. It is on display at Farleigh House, Somerset, UK.
This portrait of Sir Isaac Newton was painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller in 1689, when Newton was 46. It is on display at Farleigh House, Somerset, UK.

PETER THE GREAT (1672-1725) Russia. Romanov Tsar and Emperor of Russia. Instituted many Europe-oriented reforms. (6)
A portrait of Peter the Great by Paul Delaroche in 1838. It is located in the Hamburg Kunsthalle.
A portrait of Peter the Great by Paul Delaroche in 1838. It is located in the Hamburg Kunsthalle.

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Germany. Baroque composer and musician. Brandenburg Concertos (1721). The Well-Tempered Clavier (1722, 1742). Mass in B Minor (1749). (8)
A portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach. This is a 1748 copy of Elias Haussmann's 1746 original, which hangs in the Old Town Hall in Leipzig, Germany.
A portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach. This is a 1748 copy of Elias Haussmann’s 1746 original, which hangs in the Old Town Hall in Leipzig, Germany.

VOLTAIRE (pen name of François-Marie Arouet) (1694–1778) France. Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher. Candide (1759). (9)
A portrait of Voltaire by Nicolas de Largillière from 1724-1725. It is located at the Palace of Versailles in France.
A portrait of Voltaire by Nicolas de Largillière from 1724-1725. It is located at the Palace of Versailles in France.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790) US. Revolutionary leader, diplomat, scientist, inventor and writer.  Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1791). (13)
A portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Joseph-Siffrein Duplessis from about 1785. It is now in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
A portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Joseph-Siffrein Duplessis from about 1785. It is now in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU (1712-1778) Switzerland/France. Enlightenment philosopher, social reformer and writer. The Social Contract (1762).  Confessions (1782, 1789). (9) A portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau by Maurice Quentin de la Tour between 1750 and 1775. It is located in the Musée Antoine Lécuyer in Saint Germaine, France.
A portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau by Maurice Quentin de la Tour between 1750 and 1775. It is located in the Musée Antoine Lécuyer in Saint Germaine, France.

ADAM SMITH (1723-1790) UK. Philosopher and political economist. The Wealth of Nations (1776). (9)
A portrait of Adam Smith. This is a 19th Century etching based on a 1787 medallion by James Tassie.
A portrait of Adam Smith. This is a 19th Century etching based on a 1787 medallion by James Tassie.

IMMANUEL KANT (1724-1804) Germany. Philosopher.  Critique of Pure Reason (1781). (on 6 lists)
An 18th Century portrait of Immanuel Kant by an unknown artist.
An 18th Century portrait of Immanuel Kant by an unknown artist.

CATHERINE THE GREAT (1729–1796) Russia. Political leader. Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796. Made Russia stronger and larger. (9)
A portrait of Catherine the Great by Fyodor Rokotov in 1763. It is now in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
A portrait of Catherine the Great by Fyodor Rokotov in 1763. It is now in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799) US. Military and political leader. Led US armies to victory in American Revolution.  Presided over Convention that drafted U.S. Constitution. 1st US president (1789-1796). (15)
Gilbert Stuart's 1797 portrait of George Washington, which can be seen in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Gilbert Stuart’s 1797 portrait of George Washington, which can be seen in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826) US. Lawyer, statesman, diplomat and revolutionary.  Leader in American Revolution.  2nd US president (1797-1800). (on 5 lists)
Official Presidential portrait of John Adams by John Trumbull, from 1792 or 1793. Now located in the White House, Washington, D.C.
Official Presidential portrait of John Adams by John Trumbull, from 1792 or 1793. Now located in the White House, Washington, D.C.

JAMES WATT (1736-1819) UK: Scotland. Inventor and engineer. Pioneer of steam technology; improved the steam engine. (7)
A portrait of James Watt by Carl Frederik von Breda in 1792. It can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
A portrait of James Watt by Carl Frederik von Breda in 1792. It can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826) US. American revolutionary, diplomat, political leader, inventor, and architect. Principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). First US Secretary of State (1790-1793). 3rd US president (1801-1808). Authorized Louisiana Purchase (1803). Founded University of Virginia (1819). (10)
This 1800 portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale hangs in the White House, Washington, D.C.
This 1800 portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale hangs in the White House, Washington, D.C.

EDWARD JENNER (1749-1823) UK. Physician and scientist. Pioneer of vaccination and immunology. (on 3 lists)
A portrait of Edward Jenner by James Northcote, from between 1803 and 1823. It is now in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
A portrait of Edward Jenner by James Northcote, from between 1803 and 1823. It is now in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791) Austria. Musician and composer. Piano Concerto No. 20 (1785). The Marriage of Figaro (1786).  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1787). Symphony No. 40 (1788). (9)
A portrait of Mozart taken from a family group portrait by Johann Nepomuk Della Croce in 1780 or 1781. The painting hangs in the Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
This portrait of Mozart is taken from a group portrait of his family, painted by Johann Nepomuk Della Croce in 1780 or 1781. The painting hangs in the Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

ADMIRAL HORATIO NELSON (Lord Nelson) (1758-1805) UK. Naval commander. Led British fleet to victories, especially during Napoleonic Wars. Killed at Battle of Trafalgar (1805). (on 3 lists) A 1799 portrait of Horatio Nelson by Lemuel Francis Abbott 1799. It is now in the National Maritime Museum in London.
A 1799 portrait of Horatio Nelson by Lemuel Francis Abbott 1799. It is now in the National Maritime Museum in London.

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT (1759-1797) UK. Writer, philosopher and women’s rights advocate.  A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792). (6)
John Opie's portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft, from about 1797, is now in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
John Opie’s portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft, from about 1797, is now in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

WILLIAM WILBERFORCE (1759-1833) UK. Politician and philanthropist. Leader of British anti-slavery movement. (on 4 lists)
A 1794 portrait of William Wilberforce by Anton Hickel. It may be found at Wilberforce House, Kingston upon Hull, UK.
A 1794 portrait of William Wilberforce by Anton Hickel. It may be found at Wilberforce House, Kingston upon Hull, UK.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE (1769-1821) France. Military and political leader.  After military successes as general, became First Consul, then Emperor of France (1799-1815). (17) Napoleon Crossing the Alps, by Jacques-Louis David (1801). The painting is located at the Château de Malmaison in Rueil-Malmaison, France.
Napoleon Crossing the Alps, by Jacques-Louis David (1801). The painting is located at the Château de Malmaison in Rueil-Malmaison, France.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Germany. Composer and musician. Moonlight Sonata (1801). Fifth Symphony (1808). Ninth Symphony (1824). Late String Quartets (1824-1826). (13) Portrait of Beethoven composing the Missa Solemnis, by Joseph Karl Stieler, from 1820. It may be seen at Beethoven-Haus, in Bonn, Germany.
Portrait of Beethoven composing the Missa Solemnis, by Joseph Karl Stieler, from 1820. It may be seen at Beethoven-Haus, in Bonn, Germany.

JANE AUSTEN (1775-1817) UK. Novelist. Pride and Prejudice (1813). Emma (1816). (6)
Enlarged portion of an undated portrait of Jane Austen by her sister, Cassandra Austen.
Enlarged and colorized portion of an undated portrait of Jane Austen by her sister, Cassandra Austen.

SIMÓN BOLÍVAR (1783-1830) Venezuela. Military and political leader in struggle for Latin American independence. (9)
A portrait of Simón Bolívar. It is a lae 19th or early 20th Century copy of an original work made before 1830.
A portrait of Simón Bolívar. This is a late 19th or early 20th Century copy of an original work made before 1830.

LOUIS DAGUERRE (1787-1851) France. Artist and physicist. Invented early type of photography known as daguerrotype photography. (on 5 lists)
Daguerrotype of Louis Daguerre in 1844, taken by Jean-Baptiste Sabatier-Blot. On display at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York.
Daguerrotype of Louis Daguerre in 1844, taken by Jean-Baptiste Sabatier-Blot. On display at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York.

MICHAEL FARADAY (1791-1867) UK. Scientist and inventor. Discovered electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis. (on 5 lists)
Photograph of Michael Faraday from about 1861, probably taken by John Watkins.
Photograph of Michael Faraday from about 1861, probably taken by John Watkins.

CHARLES BABBAGE (1791-1871) UK. Mathematician, philosopher and inventor. Pioneer of the programmable computer. (6)
A photograph of Charles Babbage in 1860.
A photograph of Charles Babbage in 1860.

SAMUEL MORSE (1791-1872) US. Inventor and painter. Developed single-wire telegraph. Invented Morse code. (on 4 lists)
An 1840 photograph of Samuel Morse, which is kept in the Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C.
An 1840 photograph of Samuel Morse, which is kept in the Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865) US. Political leader. 16th US president (1861-1865).  Led North during US Civil War.  Preserved Union. Emancipated enslaved Americans. Assassinated. (16)
A daguerrotype of Abraham Lincoln in 1863, taken by Alexander Gardner.
A daguerrotype of Abraham Lincoln in 1863, taken by Alexander Gardner.

CHARLES DARWIN (1809-1882) UK. Naturalist and biologist. Developed theory of evolution. The Origin of Species (1859). (17)
A photograph of Charles Darwin by Henry Maull and John Fox, probably taken in 1854.
A photograph of Charles Darwin by Henry Maull and John Fox, probably taken in 1854.

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE (1811-1896) US. Author and abolitionist.  Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852). (on 3 lists)
A photograph of Harriet Beecher-Stowe from about 1850.
A photograph of Harriet Beecher Stowe from about 1852.

CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) UK. Writer and social critic. Oliver Twist (1838). David Copperfield (1850). Great Expectations (1860-1861). (on 6 lists)
A photograph of Charles Dickens by Herbert Watkins, dated 1858. It is now in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
A photograph of Charles Dickens by Herbert Watkins, dated 1858. It is now in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

OTTO VON BISMARCK (1815-1898) Germany. Political leader and diplomat. First chancellor of united Germany. (7)
A photograph of Otto von Bismarck from about 1875. It is located in the German Federal Archives, Koblenz.
A photograph of Otto von Bismarck from about 1875. It is located in the German Federal Archives, Koblenz.

CHARLOTTE BRONTË (1816-1855) UK. Novelist and poet.  Jane Eyre (1847). (on 3 lists)
An 1854 photograph of Charlotte Brontë.
An 1854 photograph of Charlotte Brontë.

EMILY BRONTË (1818-1848) UK. Novelist and poet.  Wuthering Heights (1847). (on 3 lists)
An undated portrait of Emily Brontë by her brother Branwell Brontë.
An undated portrait of Emily Brontë by her brother Branwell Brontë.

KARL MARX (1818-1883) Germany/UK. Political philosopher and economist. Originator of Marxism and communism.  The Communist Manifesto (1848) (with Frederick Engels). (18) A photograph of Karl Marx, taken about 1875. It is now at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.
A photograph of Karl Marx, taken about 1875. It is now at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS (1818-1895) US. Social reformer, author and orator. Leader in US abolitionist movement. (on 3 lists)
A photograph of Frederick Douglas from 1856. It is now in the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
A photograph of Frederick Douglas from 1856. It is now in the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

GEORGE ELIOT (pen name of Mary Anne Evans) (1819-1880) UK. Novelist, journalist and translator.  The Mill on the Floss (1860). Middlemarch (1871-1872). (on 3 lists)
A photograph of George Eliot from about 1865. It is now in the National Library of France.
A photograph of George Eliot from about 1865. It is now in the National Library of France.

VICTORIA I (1819-1901) UK. Political leader and queen of United Kingdom. Longest reigning British monarch (1837-1901). (9)
A photograph of Queen Victoria from 1887, by Alexander Bassano.
A photograph of Queen Victoria from 1887, by Alexander Bassano.

SUSAN B. ANTHONY (1820-1906) US. Civil rights leader. Leader of women’s suffrage movement and temperance movement. (on 5 lists)
A photograph of Susan B. Anthony on her 50th birthday in 1870.
A photograph of Susan B. Anthony on her 50th birthday in 1870.

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE (1820-1910) UK. Social reformer and statistician. Helped popularize the use of statistical data.  Founder of modern professional nursing. (7) A photograph of Florence Nightingale taken about 1860. This is a 1920 print from the original negative.
A photograph of Florence Nightingale taken about 1860. This is a 1920 print from the original negative.

HARRIET TUBMAN (1820-1913) US.  Abolitionist, humanitarian and spy. Instrumental in creating Underground Railroad to rescue enlaved Americans. (on 3 lists)
A photograph of Harriet Tubman by H. Seymour Squyer, taken about 1885.
A photograph of Harriet Tubman by H. Seymour Squyer, taken about 1885.

GREGOR MENDEL (1822-1884) Silesia (now Czech Republic). Scientist and Catholic friar. Founded science of genetics. (on 4 lists)
Undated photograph of Gregor Mendel.
Undated photograph of Gregor Mendel.

LOUIS PASTEUR (1822-1895) France. Chemist and biologist. Proved germ theory of disease. (13)
An undated photograph of Louis Pasteur, taken by Nadar.
An undated photograph of Louis Pasteur, taken by Nadar.

LEO TOLSTOY (1828-1910) Russia. Author and philosopher. War and Peace (1869). Anna Karenina (1877). (on 5 lists)
A photograph of Leo Tolstoy taken between 1880 and 1886. It may be found in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
A photograph of Leo Tolstoy taken between 1880 and 1886. It is in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

EMILY DICKINSON (1830-1886) US. Reclusive but prolific poet. Because I Could Not Stop for Death.  I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died. (on 3 lists)
The only known photograph (actually a daguerrotype) of Emily Dickinson as an adult. It was taken between 1846 and 1848.
The only known photograph (actually a daguerrotype) of Emily Dickinson as an adult. It was taken between 1846 and 1848.

JAMES CLERK MAXWELL (1831-1879) UK: Scotland. Theoretical physicist.  First described electromagnetic radiation. (on 3 lists)
An undated portrait of James Clerk Maxwell. This is an engraving by G. J. Stodart, based on a photograph by Fergus of Greenock.
An undated portrait of James Clerk Maxwell. This is an engraving by G. J. Stodart, based on a photograph by Fergus of Greenock.

ALFRED NOBEL (1833-1896) Sweden. Chemist, engineer, manufacturer and inventor.  Invented dynamite. Established Nobel prizes. (on 5 lists)
An undated photograph of Alfred Nobel by Gösta Florman.
An undated photograph of Alfred Nobel by Gösta Florman.

MARK TWAIN (pen name of Samuel Clemens) (1835-1910) US. Author and humorist. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). (on 6 lists)
Undated photograph of Mark Twain (possibly 1880).
Undated photograph of Mark Twain (possibly 1880).

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE (1844-1900) Germany. Philosopher, philologist, critic, poet and composer. Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883-1885). Beyond Good and Evil (1886). (on 5 lists) A photograph of Friedrich Nietzsche from about 1875, taken by F. Hartmann.
A photograph of Friedrich Nietzsche from about 1875, taken by F. Hartmann.

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL (1847-1922) UK: Scotland/Canada/US. Scientist, inventor and engineer. Credited with inventing first practical telephone. (11)A photograph of Alexander Graham Bell taken at Moffett Studio between 1914 and 1919. It is now part of the Library and Archives of Canada in Ottawa.
A photograph of Alexander Graham Bell taken at Moffett Studio between 1914 and 1919. It is now part of the Library and Archives of Canada in Ottawa.

THOMAS EDISON (1847-1931) US. Inventor. Invented phonograph, movie camera and light bulb, among other things. (16)
A 1922 photograph of Thomas Edison by Louis Bachrach.
A 1922 photograph of Thomas Edison by Louis Bachrach.

VINCENT VAN GOGH (1853-1890) The Netherlands/France. Post-Impressionist painter. The Night Café (1888). The Starry Night (1889). (on 7 lists)
Self-Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh in 1889. It is now at the Musée d'Orsay.
Self-Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh in 1889. It is now at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) Ireland/UK. Writer, poet and playwright. Persecuted for his homosexuality.  The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). (7)
A photograph of Oscar Wilde by Napoleon Sarony, taken in 1882.
A photograph of Oscar Wilde by Napoleon Sarony, taken in 1882.

WOODROW WILSON (1856-1924) US. Statesman and scholar. 28th US president (1913-1920).  Sponsored reform legislation.  Led US into World War I. Sparked creation of the League of Nations. Nobel Peace Prize (1919). (8)
Photograph of Woodrow Wilson taken in December 1912 by Pach Brothers.
A photograph of Woodrow Wilson taken in December 1912 by Pach Brothers.

SIGMUND FREUD (1856-1939) Austria. Scientist, psychologist and philosopher. Developer of psychoanalysis.  The Interpretation of Dreams (1899). (15)
A photograph of Sigmund Freud from about 1900.
A photograph of Sigmund Freud from about 1900.

NIKOLA TESLA (1856-1943) Serbia/US. Inventor, engineer and physicist.  Contributed to development of alternating current (AC) electricity system. (on 5 lists)
An 1890 photograph of Nicolas Tesla by Napoleon Sarony.
An 1890 photograph of Nicolas Tesla by Napoleon Sarony.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919) US. Politician, military leader, naturalist and explorer. 26th US president (1901-1908). Led Progressive Movement.  Completed Panama Canal. Nobel Peace Prize (1906). (on 5 lists)
A photograph of Theodore Roosevelt from about 1902, by M.P. Rice.
A photograph of Theodore Roosevelt from about 1902, by M.P. Rice.

EMMELINE PANKHURST (1858-1928) UK. Political activist and women’s rights advocate. Led British suffragette campaign. (on 4 lists)
Emmeline Pankhurst speaks to a crowd in New York in 1913.
Emmeline Pankhurst speaks to a crowd in New York in 1913.

JANE ADDAMS (1860-1935) US. Progressive Era social worker, sociologist, author and advocate for women’s suffrage and world peace. Co-founded Hull House, first settlement house in US. Nobel Peace Prize (1931). (on 3 lists)
Jane Addams in 1915.
Jane Addams in 1915.

HENRY FORD (1863–1947) US. Industrialist and business leader. Developed assembly line method of production. (13)
Henry Ford in 1919.
Henry Ford in 1919.

SUN YAT-SEN (1866-1925) China.  Revolutionary.  Led overthrow of Qing dynasty and   founded Republic of China (Nationalist China), becoming its first president. (on 3 lists) Colorized portrait of Sun Yat-sen.
Colorized portrait of Sun Yat-sen.

MARIE CURIE (1867-1934) Poland/France. Scientist. Made numerous discoveries regarding radioactivity.  Nobel Prizes in Physics (1903) and Chemistry (1911). (16) Marie Curie in 1920.
Marie Curie in 1920.

ORVILLE (1871-1948) & WILBUR (1867-1912) WRIGHT: US. Inventors and pioneer aviators. First to achieve sustained, powered heavier-than-air flight. (12)
Wilbur Wright in 1905.
Wilbur Wright in 1905.

Orville Wright in 1905.
Orville Wright in 1905.

MOHANDAS K. GANDHI (Mahatma Gandhi) (1869-1948) India. Leader of Indian independence movement.  Advocate of non-violent resistance. The Salt March (1930). Assassinated. (18)
Mohandas Gandhi (right) with Ali Jinnah in 1944.
Mohandas Gandhi (right) with Muhammad Ali Jinnah in 1944.

VLADIMIR LENIN (1870-1924) Russia/USSR. Revolutionary. Led Bolshevik uprising. First leader of the Soviet Union. What Is To Be Done? (1902). (13)
Vladimir Lenin in 1920.
Vladimir Lenin in 1920.

ERNEST RUTHERFORD (1871-1937) New Zealand/UK. Experimental physicist and chemist.  Father of nuclear physics. Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1908). (on 4 lists) Ernest Rutherford.
Ernest Rutherford.

GUGLIELMO MARCONI (1874-1937) Italy. Inventor and entrepreneur. Pioneered the development of wireless radio. (on 5 lists)
Guglielmo Marconi in 1901, re-enacting the first wireless signal.
Guglielmo Marconi in 1901, re-enacting the first wireless signal.

WINSTON CHURCHILL (1874-1965) UK. Political leader and historian. British Prime Minister during World War II (1940-1945).  A History of the English-Speaking Peoples (1956-1958). Nobel Prize in Literature (1953). (14)
Winston Churchill giving the "V for Victory" sign in 1940.
Winston Churchill giving the “V for Victory” sign in 1940.

KONRAD ADENAUER (1876-1967) Germany.  Political leader.  First post-war Chancellor of West Germany.  Restored Germany’s economy and international relations. (on 3 lists) Konrad Adenauer in 1955 speaking to the Bundestag.
Konrad Adenauer in 1955 speaking to the Bundestag.

JOSEPH STALIN (1879-1953) USSR. Political leader. Led Soviet Union during World War II. Conducted the Great Purge. (13)
Joseph Stalin in 1943.
Joseph Stalin in 1943.

ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955) Germany/US. Theoretical physicist.  Developed special and general theories of relativity. Nobel Prize in Physics (1921). (20) Albert Einstein in Vienna in 1921. Photo by F. Schmutzer.
Albert Einstein in Vienna in 1921. Photo by F. Schmutzer.

MARGARET SANGER (1879-1966) US. Nurse, birth control advocate and sex educator. Opened first birth control clinic in US in 1916. (on 5 lists)
Margaret Sanger in 1922.
Margaret Sanger in 1922.

HELEN KELLER (1880-1968) US. Author, political activist and lecturer.  Raised awareness about people with disabilities. The Story of My Life (1903). (on 3 lists)
Helen Keller in 1912.
Helen Keller in 1912.

MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATÜRK (1881-1938) Salonica/Turkey. Military and political leader. Founder and first president of Republic of Turkey. (7)
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1931.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1931.

ALEXANDER FLEMING (1881-1955) UK: Scotland. Biologist, pharmacologist and botanist.  Discovered penicillin and lysozyme. Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine (1945). (on 5 lists) Alexander Fleming.
Alexander Fleming.

PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973) Spain/France. Innovative modernist painter and sculptor. Developed Cubism with Georges Braque. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907). Guernica (1937). (12) Pablo Picasso in 1908 or 1909.
Pablo Picasso in 1908 or 1909.

VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941) UK. Modernist writer.  Pioneered stream of consciousness style. Mrs. Dalloway (1925). To the Lighthouse (1927). A Room of One’s Own (1929). (on 3 lists) Virginia Woolf in 1902.
Virginia Woolf in 1902.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (1882-1945) US. Statesman and politician. Longest serving US president, through Great Depression and World War II.  The New Deal. (11) Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Lend-Lease Act in 1941.
Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Lend-Lease Act in 1941.

BENITO MUSSOLINI (1883-1945) Italy. Military and political leader. Fascist dictator of Italy from 1922-1943.  Joined Hitler and Hirohito in Axis during World War II. Executed after trying to escape. (on 5 lists)
Benito Mussolini in Germany in 1938.
Benito Mussolini in Germany in 1938.

JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES (1883-1946) UK. Economist. Developed Keynesian economics, which emphasized government spending. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936). (on 4 lists)
John Maynard Keynes (right) with painter Duncan Grant.
John Maynard Keynes (right) with painter Duncan Grant.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884-1962) US. Politician, activist and reformer. Outspoken First Lady. United Nations delegate. Co-drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Chair of Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. (6)
Eleanor Roosevelt speaking at the United Nations in 1947.
Eleanor Roosevelt speaking at the United Nations in 1947.

HARRY S TRUMAN (1884-1972) US. Businessman and politician. 33rd US president (1945-1952). Used atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II. (on 5 lists)
Harry S. Truman after winning election in November 1948. Associated Press photo by Rollins.
Harry S. Truman after winning election in November 1948. Associated Press photo by Rollins.

NIELS BOHR (1885-1962) Denmark. Physicist and philosopher. Made discoveries regarding the structure of the atom and quantum mechanics. Nobel Prize in Physics (1922). (on 4 lists) Niels Bohr in 1922.
Niels Bohr in 1922.

DAVID BEN-GURION (1886-1973) Israel. Political and military leader.  Led successful movement for independent state of Israel. Co-founded State of Israel and became its first Prime Minister. (on 3 lists)
David Ben-Gurion in 1960.
David Ben-Gurion in 1960.

CHIANG KAI-SHEK (1887-1975) China/Taiwan. Political and military leader.  Led Nationalists in civil war with Communists. Ruler of Republic of China in Taiwan from 1949 to 1975. (on 3 lists) Chiang Kai-shek.
Chiang Kai-shek.

ADOLF HITLER (1889-1945) Austria/Germany. Nazi dictator of Germany (1933-1945). Began World War II; architect of Jewish genocide (the Holocaust). Mein Kampf (1925-1926). (17) Adolf Hitler in 1937.
Adolf Hitler in 1937.

JAWAHARLAL NEHRU (1889-1964) India. Statesman and independence activist. First prime minister of independent India.  Architect of the modern socialist, secular democratic India. (8)
Jawarlahal Nehru in 1959.
Jawaharlal Nehru in 1959.

CHARLIE CHAPLIN (1889-1977) UK/US/Switzerland. Comic actor and filmmaker. The Gold Rush (1925).  City Lights (1931). Modern Times (1936). (7)
Charlie Chaplin in 1920.
Charlie Chaplin in 1920.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (1890-1969) US. Military and political leader. Supreme Allied Commander in World War II. 34th US president (1953-1960). (on 4 lists)
Dwight D. Eisenhower when he was General of the US Army.
Dwight D. Eisenhower when he was General of the US Army.

HO CHI MINH (1890-1969) Vietnam. Revolutionary, military and political leader.  Led communist revolution for Vietnamese independence and unification.  Founder and first leader of of North Vietnam. (on 5 lists)
Ho Chi Minh in 1946.
Ho Chi Minh in 1946.

CHARLES DE GAULLE (1890-1970) France. Military and political leader. Led Free French forces in World War II.  Served as 18th president of French Republic from 1959-1969. (on 5 lists) Charles de Gaulle in 1942.
Charles de Gaulle in 1942.

HAILE SELASSIE (formerly Tafari Makonnen) (1892-1975) Ethiopia. Political leader. Leader of Ethiopia from 1916-1974 including five years in exile after Italy (under Mussolini) invaded and occupied Ethiopia. (on 3 lists)
Haile Selassie in 1923.
Haile Selassie in 1923.

MAO ZEDONG (1893-1976) China. Military and political leader. Led Communist Revolution against Nationalist China (1927-1949). Joined with Nationalists to fight Japan in World War II. First leader of People’s Republic of China (1949-1976). Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (1964-1976). (13)
Large portrait of Mao Zedong in Tianenmen Square, Beijing.
The large portrait of Mao Zedong by Ge Xioguang in Beijing’s Tianenmen Square is 15 feet wide and 20 feet tall.

AMELIA EARHART (1897-1937) US. Aviation pioneer, author and women’s rights advocate. Lost during attempt to fly around the world. (on 3 lists)
Amelia Earhart in 1935.
Amelia Earhart in 1935.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY (1899–1961) US. Writer and sportsman. Known for his spare writing style. The Sun Also Rises (1926).  For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). The Old Man and the Sea (1952). Nobel Prize in Literature (1954). (on 5 lists)
Ernest Hemingway in 1958.
Ernest Hemingway in 1958.

AYATOLLAH RUHOLLAH KHOMEINI (1900-1989) Iran. Muslim cleric. Leader of Islamic revolution in Iran. (on 4 lists)
Official portrait of Ayahtollah Khomeini in 1981.
Official portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1981.

ENRICO FERMI (1901-1954) Italy/US. Theoretical and experimental physicist. Developed first nuclear reactor.  Nobel Prize in Physics (1938). (on 4 lists)
Enrico Fermi in the 1940s.
Enrico Fermi in the 1940s.

WALT DISNEY (1901-1966) US. Businessman, animator, producer, director and screenwriter. Mickey Mouse (1928). Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).  Disneyland (1955). (on 5 lists) Walt Disney in 1954.
Walt Disney in 1954.

LOUIS ARMSTRONG (1901-1971) US. Jazz trumpeter and vocalist.  Developed solo improvisation technique and artistry.  West End Blues (1928). Weather Bird (1928). (on 5 lists)Louis Armstrong in the 1940s.
Louis Armstrong in the 1940s.

WERNER HEISENBERG (1901-1976) Germany. Theoretical physicist. Pioneer in developing quantum mechanics.  Articulated the uncertainty principle. Nobel Prize in Physics (1932). (on 3 lists)
Werner Heisenberg in 1933.
Werner Heisenberg in 1933.  (We can know the date of the photo or the location, but not both.)

HIROHITO (1901-1989) Japan. Emperor of Japan during World War II. (on 4 lists)
Portrait of Emperor Hirohito.
Portrait of Emperor Hirohito.

GEORGE ORWELL (pen name of Eric Arthur Blair) (1903-1950) UK. Novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). (on 4 lists)
George Orwell in 1933.
George Orwell in 1933.

ROBERT OPPENHEIMER (1904-1967) US. Theoretical physicist. Led secret Manhattan Project to build atomic bomb during World War II. (on 4 lists)
Robert Oppenheimer in 1946.
Robert Oppenheimer in 1946.

RACHEL CARSON (1907-1964) US. Marine biologist, conservationist and writer.  The Sea Around Us (1951). Silent Spring (1962). (on 5 lists)
Rachel Carson in 1951.
Rachel Carson in 1951.

LYNDON B. JOHNSON (1908-1973) US. Political leader. 36th US president (1964-1968). Sponsored Great Society programs and civil rights legislation. Increased US involvement in Vietnam War. (on 3 lists)
Lyndon Johnson taking the oath of office on Air Force One, shortly after the assassination of President Kennedy, November 1963.
Lyndon Johnson taking the oath of office on Air Force One, shortly after the assassination of President Kennedy, November 1963.

SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR (1908-1986) France.  Author, philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist.  The Second Sex (1949). (on 3 lists)
Simon de Beauvoir in 1946. Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Simon de Beauvoir in 1946. Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

MOTHER TERESA (1910-1997) Albania/India. Roman Catholic nun.  Founded Missionaries of Charity.  Served the poor. Nobel Peace Prize (1979). (9)
Mother Teresa in 1986.
Mother Teresa in 1986.

RONALD REAGAN (1911-2004) US. Conservative Republican US president from 1981-1989. (7)
Official Presidential portrait of Ronald Reagan in 1981.
Official Presidential portrait of Ronald Reagan in 1981.

WILLY BRANDT (1913-1992) Germany.  Chancellor of West Germany from 1964-1974. Longtime leader of Social Democratic Party. Nobel Peace Prize (1971). (on 3 lists)
Willy Brandt in 1980.
Willy Brandt in 1980.

RICHARD NIXON (1913-1994) US. 37th US president (1969-1974). Improved US relations with Communist China and USSR. Implemented new environmental legislation.  Resigned amid Watergate scandal. (on 5 lists)
Richard Nixon announcing the release of edited White House transcripts in 1974.
Richard Nixon announcing the release of edited White House transcripts in 1974.

ROSA PARKS (1913–2005) US. Civil rights activist. Refusal to move to the back of the bus sparked Montgomery Bus Boycott. (on 5 lists)
Rosa Parks with Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1955.
Rosa Parks with Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1955.

JONAS SALK (1914-1995) US. Medical researcher. Discovered and developed first successful polio vaccine. (on 5 lists)
Jonas Salk. Photo by Yousef Kauch.
Jonas Salk. Photo by Yousef Kauch.

BILLIE HOLIDAY (1915–1959) US.  Innovative jazz singer and songwriter.  God Bless the Child.  Strange Fruit. (on 3 lists)
A 1947 portrait of Billie Holiday.
A 1947 portrait of Billie Holiday.

FRANCIS CRICK (1916-2004) UK. Molecular biologist, biophysicist and neuroscientist. Co-discoverer of structure of DNA. Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine (1962). (on 4 lists) Francis Crick (right) and James Watson with DNA model.
Francis Crick (right) and James Watson with DNA model.

JOHN F. KENNEDY (1917-1963) US. 35th US president (1961-1963).  Engaged in Cold War with USSR, including Cuban missile crisis (1962). Set goal for man to walk on the Moon.  Started Peace Corps.  Assassinated. (9)
John F. Kennedy speaking to Congress in 1961.
John F. Kennedy speaking to Congress in 1961.

INDIRA GANDHI (1917–1984) India. Political leader. Third Prime Minister of India. Strengthened Indian economy and military, and secured status as regional power. Ruled by decree during 1975-1977 state of emergency. Assassinated. (7)
Indira Gandhi.
Indira Gandhi.

NELSON MANDELA (1918-2013 ) South Africa. Political leader. Anti-apartheid activist. First democratically-elected president of South Africa. Long Walk to Freedom (1994). Nobel Peace Prize (1993). (14)
Nelson Mandela casting his ballot in 1994.
Nelson Mandela casting his ballot in 1994.

EVA PERÓN (1919–1952) Argentina. Actress, first lady, politician and advocate for labor and women’s rights. (on 5 lists)
Eva and Juan Perón in 1950.
Eva and Juan Perón in 1950.

POPE JOHN PAUL II (1920-2005) Poland. Roman Catholic pontiff (1978-2005).  Opposed Communism in Europe, traveled extensively, supported ecumenical activity. (on 5 lists) Pope John Paul II in 1980.
Pope John Paul II in 1980.

BETTY FRIEDAN (1921-2006) US. Writer, activist and feminist.  The Feminine Mystique (1963). (on 3 lists)
Betty Friedan in 1960.
Betty Friedan in 1960.

MALCOLM X (formerly Malcolm Little) (1925-1965) US. Islamic minister and human rights activist.  Leader in civil rights and black nationalism movements. Assassinated. (on 4 lists) Malcolm X in 1964.
Malcolm X in 1964.

MARGARET THATCHER (1925-2013) UK. Conservative British prime minister from 1979-1990. (9) Margaret Thatcher in 1983.
Margaret Thatcher in 1983.

MARILYN MONROE (1926-1962) US.  Actress, singer and model.  The Seven Year Itch (1955).  Some Like It Hot (1959). (on 4 lists)
Marilyn Monroe in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).
Marilyn Monroe in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).

FIDEL CASTRO (1926- ) Cuba. Military and political leader. Led communist revolution in Cuba.  Leader of Cuba from 1959 to 2008. (on 5 lists)
Fidel Castro (right) and Che Guevara in 1961.
Fidel Castro (right) and Che Guevara in 1961.

ELIZABETH II (1926-) UK. Constitutional monarch of 16 Commonwealth realms, including the United Kingdom of Great Britian and Northern Ireland from 1952 to present. (on 4 lists) Elizabeth II after her coronation in 1953.
Elizabeth II after her coronation in 1953.

JAMES WATSON (1928- ) US. Biologist. Co-discoverer of structure of DNA. Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine (1962). (on 5 lists)
James Watson.
James Watson.

ANNE FRANK (1929-1945) Germany/The Netherlands.  Diarist.  Kept diary of experience hiding from Nazis. The Diary of a Young Girl (1947). Died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. (on 4 lists)
Anne Frank.
Anne Frank.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (1929-1968) US. Minister and leader of US civil rights movement.  I Have a Dream speech (1963). Nobel Peace Prize (1964). Assassinated. (15) Martin Luther King in 1964.
Martin Luther King in 1964.

NEIL ARMSTRONG (1930-2012) US. Astronaut and aviator. First man to walk on Earth’s moon. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” (on 4 lists)
Neil Armstrong in 1969.
Neil Armstrong in 1969.

MIKHAIL GORBACHEV (1931- ) USSR/Russia. Political leader. Instituted policy of glasnost. Final Soviet Union leader. Nobel Peace Prize (1990). (11)
Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.
Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.

GLORIA STEINEM (1934- ) US. Feminist, journalist and political activist.  Co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1969. (on 3 lists)
Gloria Steinem in 1972.
Gloria Steinem in 1972.

ELVIS PRESLEY (1935-1977) US. Musician, performer and actor. Popularized rock and roll music. Mystery Train (1955). Heartbreak Hotel (1956). Don’t Be Cruel (1956). (11) Elvis Presley at his 1968 "Comeback" concert.
Elvis Presley at his 1968 “comeback” concert.

KOFI ANNAN (1938- ) Ghana.  Diplomat.  U.N. Secretary General from 1997-2006. Nobel Peace Prize (2001). (on 3 lists)
Kofi Annan in 2003.
Kofi Annan in 2003.

14TH DALAI LAMA (Tenzin Gyatso) (1938- ) Tibet. Spiritual and political leader of Tibetans.  Advocate for Tibetan independence. Nobel Peace Prize (1989). (8) The Dalai Lama in 2012.
The Dalai Lama in 2012.

JOHN LENNON (1940–1980) UK/US.  Musician, songwriter, performer, political activist and writer.  Member of The Beatles.  In My Life (1965). All You Need Is Love (1967). Revolution (1968). Imagine (1971). Murdered by Mark David Chapman. (8) John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1980. Photo by Jack Mitchell.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1980. Photo by Jack Mitchell.

PAUL MCCARTNEY (1942- ) UK. Musician, songwriter and performer. Member of The Beatles. Yesterday (1965). Hey Jude (1968).  Let It Be (1970). (on 5 lists)Paul and Linda McCartney performing with Wings in 1976.
Paul and Linda McCartney performing with Wings in 1976.

STEPHEN HAWKING (1942- ) UK. Theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. Developed theories regarding gravitational singularities and black hole radiation. A Brief History of Time (1988). (on 4 lists)
Stephen Hawking during a visit to NASA in the 1980s.
Stephen Hawking during a visit to NASA in the 1980s.

MUHAMMAD ALI (formerly Cassius Clay) (1942- ) US. Professional heavyweight boxer.  Activist for religious and racial freedom. (on 5 lists)
Muhammad Ali in 1967.
Muhammad Ali in 1967.

LECH WAŁĘSA (1943- ) Poland. Politician, union organizer and human rights activist.  Leader of independent trade union Solidarity.  President of Poland from 1990-1995. Nobel Peace Prize (1983). (on 5 lists)
Lech Wałęsa in 1980.
Lech Wałęsa in 1980.

BILLIE JEAN KING (1943- ) US.  Sports figure and social activist.  World women’s tennis champion. Advocate for sexual equality in sports and elsewhere. (on 3 lists)
Billie Jean King in 2011.
Billie Jean King in 2011.

AUNG SAN SUU KYI (1945- ) Burma. Politician. Leader of opposition party, National League for Democracy. Under house arrest for nearly 15 years between 1989 and 2010. Nobel Peace Prize (1991). (on 4 lists)
Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011.
Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011.

BILL CLINTON (1946- ) US. 42nd president of US (1993-2001). Known for signing NAFTA, DOMA and welfare reform. Military interventions in Bosnia and Kosovo. (on 3 lists)Official Presidential potrait of Bill Clinton in 1993.
Official Presidential potrait of Bill Clinton in 1993.

GEORGE W. BUSH (1946- ) US. 43rd President of US (2001-2009). Started wars against Afghanistan and Iraq after terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (on 5 lists)
George W. Bush shortly after the terrorist attacks of 2001.
George W. Bush shortly after the terrorist attacks of 2001.

BENAZIR BHUTTO (1953–2007) Pakistan. Politician and stateswoman. Held many public offices, including prime minister (1988-1990; 1993-1996). First woman to lead Pakistan or any other Muslim state. Assassinated. (on 4 lists)
Benazir Bhutto in 2004.
Benazir Bhutto in 2004.

OPRAH WINFREY (1954- ) US. Actress, producer, talk show host and publisher. The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986-2011). (6)
Oprah Winfrey in 2004.
Oprah Winfrey in 2004.

TIM BERNERS-LEE (1955- ) UK. Computer scientist. Inventor of the World Wide Web. (6)
Tim Berners-Lee in 2008.
Tim Berners-Lee in 2008.

BILL GATES (1955- ) US. Business owner, inventor, computer programmer and philanthropist. Co-founded Microsoft. (8)
Bill Gates in 2012.
Bill Gates in 2012.

OSAMA BIN LADEN (1957-2011) Saudi Arabia.  Leader of Islamic Fundamentalist Al Qaeda terrorist organization, responsible for many civilian deaths around the globe. Killed in Navy Seal ambush. (on 3 lists)
Osama bin Laden in 1998.
Osama bin Laden in 1998.

MICHAEL JACKSON (1958–2009) US. Pop singer, performer and songwriter. Billie Jean. Beat It. Thriller. (on 3 lists)
Michael Jackson in 1984.
Michael Jackson in 1984.

MADONNA (1958- ) US. Pop singer, performer and songwriter.  Like a Virgin. Like a Prayer. (on 3 lists)
The cover of Madonna's self-titled debut album, released in 1983.
The cover of Madonna’s self-titled debut album, released in 1983.

PRINCESS DIANA (Diana, Princess of Wales) (1961–1997) UK. Royal figure and humanitarian. Activist in campaign to ban land mines. (6)
Princess Diana.
Princess Diana.

BARACK OBAMA (1961- ) US. Political leader. 44th US president (2009-Present). First African-American president of US. Nobel Peace Prize (2009). (on 3 lists)
Official Presidential Portrait of Barack Obama in 2009.
Official Presidential portrait of Barack Obama in 2009.

3 thoughts on “The Most Important People of All Time – Chronological

  1. Pingback: People, People Who List People… | Make Lists, Not War

  2. dbezan

    Very entertaining – you like lists as much as I do – and you have made some of the same lists! I also have a most influential of all time list – actually, two – one good and one bad.

    Reply

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