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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?"
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Polymaths
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Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt Jr. was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the Progressive Party insurgency of 1912. He is known for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his "cowboy" persona and robust masculinity. Growing up, Roosevelt was a sickly child who suffered from asthma. To overcome his physical weakness, he embraced a strenuous life. He was home-schooled and became an eager student of nature. He attended Harvard College, where he studied biology, boxed, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 61 (1858-1919)

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, + more

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Alhazen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Polymaths
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Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥasan ibn al-Haytham, frequently referred to as Ibn al-Haytham, was an Arab, Muslim, polymath and philosopher who made significant contributions to the principles of optics, astronomy, mathematics, meteorology, visual perception and the scientific method. In medieval Europe, he was honored as Ptolemaeus Secundus or simply called "The Physicist". He is also sometimes called al-Basri after Basra, his birthplace. He spent most of his life close to the court of the Caliphate in Cairo and earned his living authoring various treatises and tutoring members of the nobilities. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 75 (965-1040)

Birthplace: Basra, Iraq

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Sahajanand Saraswati is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Polymaths
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Swami Sahajanand Saraswati, born in Ghazipur district, United Province in British India, was an ascetic, a nationalist and a peasant leader of India. Although born in United Province, 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 on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 61 (1889-1950)

Birthplace: Ghazipur, India

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Rahul Sankrityayan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Polymaths
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Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan, who is called the Father of Hindi Travel literature, was one of the most widely travelled scholars of India, spending forty-five years of his life on travels away from his home. He became a Buddhist monk and eventually took up Marxist Socialism. Sankrityayan was also an Indian nationalist, having been arrested and jailed for three years for creating anti-British writings and speeches. He is referred to as the 'Greatest Scholar' for his scholarship. He was both a polymath as well as a polyglot. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 70 (1893-1963)

Birthplace: Pandaha, India

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