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People Who Made The World A Better Place

Updated July 18, 2020 53k votes 6.5k voters 192.3k 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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    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
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)
    • Birthplace: Vinci, Italy
    • Profession: Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist, Inventor, Architect
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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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    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 66 (1867-1934)
    • Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic
    • Profession: Physicist, Chemist, Scientist
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    Louis Pasteur (, French: [lwi pastœʁ]; December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895) was a French biologist, microbiologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases, and his discoveries have saved many lives ever since. He reduced mortality from puerperal fever, and created the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax. His medical discoveries provided direct support for the germ theory of disease and its application in clinical medicine. He is best known to the general public for his invention of the technique of treating milk and...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1822-1895)
    • Birthplace: Dole, France
    • Profession: Microbiologist, Chemist, Scientist, Physician
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