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1)  Who in the top 100 is over rated  in your historical opinion and why?  How low would you move them in the top 100 (but still keep in the top 100)

2) Who in the top 100 is under rated  in your historical opinion and why?  How high would you move them in the top 100?

3) Who is on the list that you feel is not influential enough to be in the top 100 and why?

4) Who is not on the list at all but you feel is significant enough that they should be.  Why?  What approximate number would you assign to them?

5) What do you think of the choice of Gutenberg as # 1 and why?  If you disagree with the choice how much lower would you rank him?

When you have submitted these five answers to complete assignment 1,


1 Johannes Gutenberg (mass media–movable type for printing)
2 Isaac Newton (gravity)
3 Martin Luther (Protestant Reformation)
4 Charles Darwin (evolutionist writer)
5 William Shakespeare (Renaissance playwright)
6 Christopher Columbus (explorer)
7 Karl Marx (19th c. political writer)
8 Albert Einstein (physicist)
9 Nicolaus Copernicus (astronomy)
10 Galileo Galilei (astronomy)
11 Leonardo da Vinci (for science)
12 Sigmund Freud (psychoanalysis)
13 Louis Pasteur (bacteria)
14 Thomas Edison (inventor)
15 Thomas Jefferson (3rd US president, Declaration of Independence)
16 Adolf Hitler (Nazi leader during WWII)
17 Mahatma Gandhi (led peaceful revolution in modern India)
18 John Locke (17th c. philosopher)
19 Michelangelo (Renaissance artist/sculptor)
20 Adam Smith (18th c. Scottish philosopher and economist)
21 George Washington (1st US president, General of Revolutionary War)
22 Genghis Khan (12th c Mongol conqueror)
23 Abraham Lincoln (16th US president)
24 St. Thomas Aquinas (Catholic philosopher)
25 James Watt (Scottish inventor; steam engine)
*26 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (great Classic composer)
27 Napoleon Bonaparte (French general, president and self-proclaimed emperor)
*28 Johann Sebastian Bach (great Baroque composer)
29 Henry Ford (mass production of automobile)
*30 Ludwig van Beethoven (great late Classic/early Romantic composer)
31 James Watson/Francis Crick (DNA)
32 Rene Descartes (philosopher)
33 Martin Luther King Jr (US civil rights leader)
34 Jean Jacques Rousseau (great philosopher of French “Enlightenment”)
35 Vladimir Lenin (Russian political leader/writer)
36 Alexander Fleming (penicillin)
37 Voltaire (great philosopher of French “Enlightenment”)
38 Francis Bacon (deductive reasoning)
39 Dante Alighieri (Medieval writer)
40 Wright Brothers-Wilbur and Orville (first human flight)
41 Bill Gates (computer software giant)
42 Gregor Mendel (genetics)
43 Mao Zedong (1st Chairman of Chinese Communist party) . Millennium Top Influential Peoples Discussion
44 Alexander Graham Bell (telephone)
45 William the Conqueror (11th c. leader of Normans and English)
46 Niccolo Machiavelli (political philosopher)
47 Charles Babbage (17th c. early “computer” pioneer)
48 Mary Wollstonecraft (women’s rights)
49 Mikhail Gorbachev (1st Soviet premier to establish good relations with US)
50 Margaret Sanger (crusader for birth control legislation)
51 Edward Jenner (vaccination)
52 Winston Churchill (Prime Minister of Britain during WWII)
53 Marie Curie (radioactivity)
54 Marco Polo (explorer)
55 Ferdinand Magellan (explorer)
56 Elizabeth Cady Stanton (women’s rights)
*57 Elvis Presley (first major icon of Rock and Roll)
58 Joan of Arc (French religious martyr)
59 Immanuel Kant (philosopher)
60 Franklin Delano Roosevelt (longest serving US President)
61 Michael Faraday (chemist/physicist; electricity & magnetism)
62 Walt Disney (early animation)
63 Jane Austen (writer)
64 Pablo Picasso (painter)
65 Werner Heisenberg (physicist; “uncertainty principle”)
66 D W Griffith (film)
67 Vlad Zworykin (TV/RCA)
68 Ben Franklin (inventor, writer, statesman)
69 William Harvey (blood circulation)
70 Pope Gregory VII (separated church & state)
71 Harriet Tubman (underground railroad)
72 Simon Bolivar (great South American general and freedom fighter)
73 Princess Diana (human rights)
74 Enrico Fermi (nuclear physicist; quantum theory)
75 Gregory Pincus (birth control pill)
*76 The Beatles (most influential band in rock history)
77 Thomas Hobbes (17th c. philosopher)
78 Queen Isabella I (supporter of Columbus’ voyages)
79 Joseph Stalin (ruthless Russian leader during WWII)
80 Elizabeth I (Queen of England in late Renaissance)
81 Nelson Mandela (imprisoned leader against Apartheid)
82 Niels Bohr (atom)
83 Peter the Great (Russian Czar)
84 Guglielmo Marconi (radio)
85 Ronald Reagan (40th US President)
86 James Joyce (author)
87 Rachel Carson (environment)
88 J. Robert Oppenheimer (atomic bomb)
89 Susan B. Anthony (US women’s suffrage)
90 Louis Daguerre (photo)
91 Steven Spielberg (film)
92 Florence Nightingale (medicine)
93 Eleanor Roosevelt (United Nations and human rights)
94 Patient Zero (1st AIDS victim)
95 Charlie Chaplin (film)
*96 Enrico Caruso (famous singer and early recording star)
97 Jonas Salk (polio vaccine)
*98 Louis Armstrong (great jazz trumpeter and scat singer)
99 Vasco de Gama (explorer)
100 Suleiman I aka Suleiman the Magnificent (greatest Sultan of the Ottoman Empire)

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