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VOTE The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Men  

Mike Rothschild
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List Rules People on this list must be 1) men who 2) have proven expertise in more than one field and 3) are alive and active today.

There's an easy way to become a renaissance man: become really good at a lot of things. Okay, maybe it's not that easy. But it can be done, judging by the names on this list of the most accomplished polymaths we're lucky enough to have with us today. They've become famous for their prowess in multiple fields, including the arts, science, mathematics, politics, and linguistics. They're inventors and poets, astronauts and authors, explorers and celebrities.

These are the true modern day renaissance men, the modern day incarnations of people like Leonardo da Vinci. For example, Queen guitarist Brian May is also an accomplished astronomer, physicist Douglas Hofstadter is also a renowned expert in technology and human consciousness, and former basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a second career as a foreign policy expert and novelist.

If you want to know how to be a modern renaissance man, study the people on this list - then study a bunch of other things and uncover the secrets of the universe... or at least more than one field of Earth-bound science, art, or other area of expertise. Easy, right?!
Story Musgrave is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Men
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Story Musgrave

Franklin Story Musgrave is an American physician and a retired NASA astronaut. He is a public speaker and consultant to both Disney's Imagineering group and Applied Minds in California. In 1996 he became only the second astronaut to achieve the record of six spaceflights. ...more

Age: 81

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Biophysicist, Public speaker, Physiologist, Astronaut, Computer scientist, + more

Schools: University of California, Los Angeles, St. Mark's School, Marietta College, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, + more

Major/Field Of Study: Biophysics, Chemistry, Literature, Mathematics, Statistics, + more

Degree: Doctor of Medicine, Master of Science, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Science, MBA, + more

Credits: Mission to Mars

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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Men
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Bill Gates

William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company, with Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates ...more

Age: 61

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur

Schools: Lakeside School, Harvard College

Credits: The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, Freakonomics, Give Us the Money, The Billionaires' Pledge

Also Ranked

#24 on Celebrities Whose Assistant You'd Actually Want To Be

#40 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#19 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

#79 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Men
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Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, ...more

Age: 58

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Astrophysicist, Author, Actor, Television Editor, Writer, + more

Schools: Columbia University, University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University, The Bronx High School of Science

Major/Field Of Study: Astrophysics, Physics, Astronomy

Degree: Doctorate, Master of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts

Credits: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Nova ScienceNow, How Life Began, The Colbert Report

Also Ranked

#1 on Dream Presidential Debate Moderators

#25 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

#33 on Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Men
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Brian May

Brian Harold May, CBE is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and astrophysicist who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. He uses a home-built electric guitar, called the Red Special. His compositions for the band include "We Will Rock You", "Tie Your Mother ...more

Age: 69

Birthplace: Hampton, London, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Profession: Astrophysicist, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, + more

Schools: Imperial College London, University of London, Hampton School

Major/Field Of Study: Physics, Pure mathematics

Degree: Bachelor's degree

Credits: Ted, Moulin Rouge!, Flash Gordon, Step Brothers

Also Ranked

#17 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

#62 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

#41 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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