VOTE The All-Time Greatest People in History  

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List Rules The person does not necessarily have to be a perfect saint. Some of the people on this list did controversial things (Thomas Edison, LBJ, George Washington, etc.). They just have to be someone who has had a very positive influence overall.

These are the most influential people in history for good. Some of these figures are not without controversy, but they nevertheless have impacted humanity much more positively than negatively. These are people who promoted peace and good values. They are people who are sterling examples of character. They are people who have fought for freedom. They are people who made advancements in science, technology, politics, economics, medicine, and so on. They are people who gave us great art, plays, literature and movies.
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Jesus Christ is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jesus Christ Carpenter, Prophet, Preacher

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Moses is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Moses Prophet

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Noah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Noah Prophet

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Johannes Gutenberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Johannes Gutenberg Engraver, Inventor, Printer

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Leonardo da Vinci Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist

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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Nikola Tesla Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Aristotle Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

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Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Galileo Galilei Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
William Shakespeare Poet, Lyricist, Author

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Pianist, Musician, Composer

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Albert Einstein Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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Gautama Buddha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Gautama Buddha Philosopher

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Alan Turing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Alan Turing Mathematician, Logician, Computer scientist

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Archimedes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Archimedes Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

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Rosa Parks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Rosa Parks Activist

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

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Plato is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Plato Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Abraham Lincoln Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

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Jonas Salk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jonas Salk Medical researcher, Virologist, Scientist

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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Benjamin Franklin Statesman, Librarian, Politician

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Confucius is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Confucius Philosopher

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Louis Pasteur is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Louis Pasteur Microbiologist, Chemist, Scientist

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Hippocrates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Hippocrates Physician

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Francis Bacon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Francis Bacon Statesman, Scientist, Author - Created the scientific method

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Johannes Kepler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Johannes Kepler Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Thomas Paine Inventor, Author, Pamphleteer

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Alexander Fleming is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Alexander Fleming Pharmacologist, Biologist, Scientist - Invented penicillin 

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Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Thomas Jefferson Statesman, Inventor, Author

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Wright brothers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History

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John III Sobieski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
John III Sobieski He saved Europe in 1683 from Islam when the Turks where standing in front of Vienna. He came in right time to help the Austrians to beat the turkish armies. The Turks were supported by the Pope and the French king. They thought, ...

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Pythagoras is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Pythagoras Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

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Blaise Pascal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Blaise Pascal Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

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Democritus is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Democritus Mathematician, Philosopher

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Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Joan of Arc Military Leader

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Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Harriet Tubman Activist, Writer

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Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Martin Luther Priest, Theologian, Professor

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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Marie Curie Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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Hiawatha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Hiawatha Promoted peace between various warring Native american tribes

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
George Washington Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

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Edwin Hubble is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Edwin Hubble Physicist, Astronomer

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John Locke is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
John Locke Physician, Philosopher

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Guglielmo Marconi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Guglielmo Marconi Physicist, Inventor, Electrical engineer

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Leonidas I is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Leonidas I and the 300 Spartans Gave their lives for Greece and unknowingly helped to preserve the concept of Democracy.

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Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Voltaire Poet, Librettist, Historian

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Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Leo Tolstoy Novelist, Author, Essayist

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Poet, Diplomat, Novelist - Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture. Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, ...

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Virgil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Virgil Poet, Writer

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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Oscar Wilde Poet, Journalist, Writer

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Euripides is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Euripides Author, Writer, Playwright

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Jules Verne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jules Verne Novelist, Screenwriter, Author