People Who Made the World a Better Place 

Josh Heller
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List Rules Vote 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.

All of the people on this list have greatly affected society, whether intentionally or not. 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. 
Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Made the World a Better Place
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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)

Birthplace: Vinci, Italy

Profession: Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist, Inventor, Architect, + more

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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Made the World a Better Place
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Marie Curie's pioneering research on radioactivity won her a Nobel Prize of Chemistry in 1911, the first ever for a woman. This physicist & chemist helped us to explore the unseen world. She paved the way for radiological cancer treatment, which has saved many lives.  

Age: Dec. at 67 (1867-1934)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

Profession: Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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Johannes Gutenberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Made the World a Better Place
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Gutenberg invented the printing press, which allowed for the creation and mass distribution of information. His invention helped to disseminate knowledge to the masses, giving the opportunity for the general public to be better informed about the world around them.

Age: Dec. at 70 (1398-1468)

Birthplace: Mainz, Germany

Profession: Engraver, Inventor, Printer

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Jesus Christ is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Made the World a Better Place
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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. 

Birthplace: Judea

Profession: Carpenter, Prophet, Preacher

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