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Famous Male Polymaths

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List of famous male polymaths, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male polymaths list contains the most prominent and top males known for being polymaths. There are thousand of males working as polymaths in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic polymaths have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a polymath then the people below should give you inspiration.

Theodore Roosevelt and Sahajanand Saraswati are included in this list.

While this isn't a list of all male polymaths, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male polymaths?" and "Who are the best male polymaths?"
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  • Theodore Roosevelt Jr. ( ROH-zə-velt; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He served as the 25th vice president from March to September 1901 and as the 33rd governor of New York from 1899 to 1900. As a leader of the Republican Party, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. He is generally ranked in polls of historians and political scientists as one of the five best...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1858-1919)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham (Latinized as Alhazen ; full name Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥasan ibn al-Haytham أبو علي، الحسن بن الحسن بن الهيثم; c. 965 – c. 1040) was an Arab mathematician, astronomer, and physicist of the Islamic Golden Age. Also sometimes referred to as "the father of modern optics", he made significant contributions to the principles of optics and visual perception in particular, his most influential work being his Kitāb al-Manāẓir (كتاب المناظر, "Book of Optics"), written during 1011–1021, which survived in the Latin edition. A polymath, he also wrote on philosophy, theology and medicine.Ibn al-Haytham was the first to explain that vision occurs when light reflects from an...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 74 (965-1040)
    • Birthplace: Basra, Iraq
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    Sahajanand Saraswati pronunciation (22 February 1889 – 26 June 1950) was an ascetic, a nationalist and a peasant leader of India. Although born in North-Western Provinces (present-day Uttar Pradesh), his social and political activities focussed mostly on Bihar in the initial days, and gradually spread to the rest of India with the formation of the All India Kisan Sabha. He had set up an ashram at Bihta, near Patna and carried out most of his work in the later part of his life from there. He was an intellectual, prolific writer, social reformer and revolutionary....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 61 (1889-1950)
    • Birthplace: Ghazipur, India
  • Rahul Sankrityayan (9 April 1893 – 14 April 1963), is called the Father of Hindi Travelogue Travel literature. He is the one who played a pivotal role to give travelogue a 'literature form', was one of the most widely travelled scholars of India, spending forty-five years of his life on travels away from his home.He travelled to many places and wrote many travelogue approximately in the same ratio. He is also famously known for his authentic description about his travels experiences, for instance- in his travelogue "Meri Laddakh Yatra" he presents overall regional, historical and cultural specificity of that region judiciously. He became a Buddhist monk (Bauddha Bhikkhu) and eventually took...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1893-1963)
    • Birthplace: Pandaha, India