VOTE The All-Time Greatest People in History  

Alan Smithee
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List Rules The person does not necessarily have to be a perfect saint. Some of the people on this list did controversial things (Thomas Edison, LBJ, George Washington, etc.). They just have to be someone who has had a very positive influence overall.

These are the most influential people in history for good. Some of these figures are not without controversy, but they nevertheless have impacted humanity much more positively than negatively. These are people who promoted peace and good values. They are people who are sterling examples of character. They are people who have fought for freedom. They are people who made advancements in science, technology, politics, economics, medicine, and so on. They are people who gave us great art, plays, literature and movies.

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3,514 2,188
Jesus Christ is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jesus Christ Carpenter, Prophet, Preacher

2
2,395 2,073
Moses is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Moses Prophet

3
143 68
Leif Erikson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Kalle Kallesson added Leif Erikson Conquistador

4
2,149 1,989
Noah is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Noah Prophet

5
434 424
Alexander von Humboldt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Alexander von Humboldt Scientist, Naturalist, Mountaineer - Charles Darwin described him as "the greatest scientific traveler who ever lived." He is widely respected as one of the founders of modern geography. Alexander von Humboldt's travels, experiments, and knowledge ...

6
392 398
John III Sobieski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added John III Sobieski He saved Europe in 1683 from Islam when the Turks where standing in front of Vienna. He came in right time to help the Austrians to beat the turkish armies. The Turks were supported by the Pope and the French king. They thought, ...

7
212 204
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
John F. Kennedy Politician, Military Officer, Author

8
379 401
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Physician, Writer, Philosopher - The Phenomenology of the Mind, Science of Logic, Encyclopedia of the philosophical sciences,Rejects the reality of finite and seperate and mind in space and time.There is an underlying unity as the absolute.The quest for unity ...

9
281 291
Nikolaus Otto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Nikolaus Otto Inventor

10
1,286 1,468
Johannes Gutenberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Johannes Gutenberg Engraver, Inventor, Printer

11
442 483
Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Albert Einstein Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

12
789 891
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
George Washington Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

13
400 436
Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schel... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling Philosopher

14
464 515
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Johannes Brahms Pianist, Composer

15
583 657
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Thomas Jefferson Statesman, Inventor, Author

16
92 77
Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jim_In_Texas added Neil Armstrong Professor, Astronaut, Voice acting

17
1,391 1,633
Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Nikola Tesla Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

18
753 872
Archimedes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Archimedes Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

19
1,211 1,426
Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Aristotle Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

20
611 704
Wright brothers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History

21
130 125
Frederick I, Holy Roman Empero... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor Holy Roman Emperor

22
268 293
Otto von Bismarck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Otto von Bismarck Statesman

23
599 694
Friedrich Schiller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Friedrich Schiller Poet, Historian, Author

24
703 820
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Benjamin Franklin Statesman, Librarian, Politician

25
217 232
Erik the Red is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Erik the Red

26
519 598
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Abraham Lincoln Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

27
334 374
Christian Friedrich Hebbel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Christian Friedrich Hebbel Poet, Playwright

28
1,234 1,466
Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
BaruchLalaev added Galileo Galilei Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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1,082 1,283
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Poet, Diplomat, Novelist - Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture. Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, ...

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397 452
Arminius is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Arminius Germanic freedom fighter. Turned the tide in the endless wars of the Germanic tribes for freedom from the Roman imperialists and finally he defeated the Romans. Germany was not conquered by the Romans and not latinized. Because ...

31
890 1,053
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Ludwig van Beethoven Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

32
1,068 1,270
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Pianist, Musician, Composer

33
376 428
Fridtjof Nansen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
BaruchLalaev added Fridtjof Nansen Politician, Scientist, Explorer

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69 54
Napoleon Bonaparte is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jim_In_Texas added Napoleon Bonaparte Politician, Military Officer

35
59 42
Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Newhere added Jane Goodall Anthropologist, Researcher, Primatologist

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787 932
Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Joan of Arc Military Leader

37
598 701
Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
BaruchLalaev added Isaac Newton Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist

38
863 1,025
Johannes Kepler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Johannes Kepler Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

39
1,093 1,307
Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Charles Dickens Novelist, Author, Writer

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1,130 1,354
Plato is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Plato Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

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47 28
Florence Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Jim_In_Texas added Florence Nightingale Nurse, Statistical graphics, Nursing

42
861 1,030
Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

43
877 1,050
Pythagoras is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Pythagoras Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

44
1,622 1,967
Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Leonardo da Vinci Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist

45
386 448
Johann Gottlieb Fichte is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Johann Gottlieb Fichte Philosopher

46
350 404
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Johann Sebastian Bach Musician, Harpsichordist, Composer

47
755 905
Elsa Brändström is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Elsa Brändström

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1,454 1,770
William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
William Shakespeare Poet, Lyricist, Author

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1,111 1,349
Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
BaruchLalaev added Michelangelo Sculptor, Painter, Poet

50
557 663
Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest People in History
Polar Bear added Alexander the Great