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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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Madonna Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter

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Johannes Gutenberg is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 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) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Nikola Tesla Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Theodore Roosevelt Statesman, Politician, Police officer

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Archimedes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Archimedes Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Marie Curie Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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Hippocrates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Hippocrates Physician

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Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Thomas Paine Inventor, Author, Pamphleteer

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Jules Verne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jules Verne Novelist, Screenwriter, Author

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Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Galileo Galilei Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Aristotle Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

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

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Dmitri Mendeleev is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Dmitri Mendeleev Chemist, Inventor, Scientist

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John Locke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
John Locke Physician, Philosopher

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Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Charles Dickens Novelist, Author, Writer

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
George Washington Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

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Wright brothers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History

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Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Michelangelo Sculptor, Painter, Poet

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Pianist, Musician, Composer

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Francis Bacon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Francis Bacon Statesman, Scientist, Author - Created the scientific method

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Gautama Buddha is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Gautama Buddha Philosopher

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Euclid is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Euclid Mathematician

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Confucius is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Confucius Philosopher

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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Benjamin Franklin Statesman, Librarian, Politician

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 30 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, and ...

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Alexander Fleming is listed (or ranked) 31 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) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Thomas Jefferson Statesman, Inventor, Author

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Johannes Kepler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Johannes Kepler Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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Pythagoras is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Pythagoras Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

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Alan Turing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Alan Turing Mathematician, Logician, Computer scientist

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Aristophanes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Aristophanes Poet, Playwright

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Hypatia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Hypatia Librarian, Mathematician, Scientist

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Louis Pasteur is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Louis Pasteur Microbiologist, Chemist, Scientist

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Ludwig van Beethoven Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Charlie Chaplin Film Score Composer, Comedian, Film Producer

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Dante Alighieri is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Dante Alighieri Statesman, Poet, Politician

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Abraham Lincoln Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Walt Disney Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer - Gave us the Disney company which has provided great, wholesome entertainment for decades

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Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Joan of Arc Military Leader

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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
William Shakespeare Poet, Lyricist, Author

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Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Vincent van Gogh Painter, Artist

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Gregor Mendel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Gregor Mendel Scientist, Monk, Botanist

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James Cook is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
James Cook Sailor, Explorer - Explored and charted the Pacific. Treated the natives he encountered in a humane and civil manner.

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Samuel Morse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Samuel Morse Painter, Inventor, Artist

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Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Voltaire Poet, Librettist, Historian