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People Who Made The World A Better Place

Updated July 18, 2020 51.8k votes 6.3k voters 186.9k views87 items

List RulesVote up the people whose charitable acts, invention, courageous leadership, or revolutionary thinking made a significant, positive impact.

This is a list of famous people who helped heal the world. Some people have been acknowledged for their efforts with Nobel Peace Prizes. Some of these people have a long-lasting legacy that has inspired others to act. Some have invented something that made life better. All the famous people on this list have worked hard to enact change for the better.

People who offer acts of kindness, unexpected or not, make the world a better place. All the people on this list have greatly affected society, whether or not they did so intentionally. Some set out for political change, while others just made a simple decision to not obey someone. They have all received critical acclaim in some way, so take a look, and vote up which people have had the most effect on society. 

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    Tesla was an electrical engineer who designed the modern alternating current electricity supply. The importance of the alternating current brought electricity to millions. Though he never got as much credit as Thomas Edison (his usurper), Tesla is definitely responsible for making the world better for many people. 
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      Jesus Christ is known for his public preaching, being an egalitarian social reformer, a healer, a philosopher, and a leader of an apocalyptic movement. He was known for performing two major kinds of miracles: healing miracles and environmental miracles. Thought there may be contention as to whether or not Jesus was the Messiah, historians do agree that Jesus was a real political figure during the Roman Empire. 
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        Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, (5 April 1827 – 10 February 1912), known between 1883 and 1897 as Sir Joseph Lister, Bt., was a British surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery. Lister promoted the idea of sterile surgery while working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Lister successfully introduced carbolic acid (now known as phenol) to sterilise surgical instruments and to clean wounds. Applying Louis Pasteur's advances in microbiology, Lister championed the use of carbolic acid as an antiseptic, so that it became the first widely used antiseptic in surgery. He first suspected it would prove an adequate disinfectant because it was used to ease the stench from fields irrigated with...  more
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          Albert Schweitzer was a theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary in Africa during the first half of the 20th century. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 for his philosophy of "Reverence of Life," in which Schweitzer is quoted defining the phrase as nothing other than ethics:
          "Ethics is nothing other than Reverence for Life. Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and to destroy, to harm or to hinder life is evil."
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