Statistics for Most Important People in History

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#Who They Are / What They DidPerson% Correct
1Messiah of ChristianityJesus Christ
99%
6Started WWIIAdolf Hitler
97%
5Rediscovered the New WorldChristopher Columbus
93%
2Founded IslamMuhammad
93%
13Won WWII, modernized the USSR, killed millionsJoseph Stalin
91%
17Led India to independence from the UKMohandas Gandhi
86%
14Led the Communist revolution in ChinaMao Zedong
84%
26Led the Communist revolution in RussiaV. I. Lenin
84%
37Discovered relativityAlbert Einstein
83%
10Father of CommunismKarl Marx
83%
9Sparked the Protestant ReformationMartin Luther
82%
16Conquered the Persian Empire and spread Greek cultureAlexander the Great
81%
44Led the U.K. through WWIIWinston Churchill
81%
4Founded BuddhismBuddha
80%
22Discovered calculus and the theory of gravitationIsaac Newton
80%
31Conquered Gaul. Became dictator of RomeJulius Caesar
80%
34Discovered evolutionCharles Darwin
79%
7Conquered most of AsiaGenghis Khan
78%
24Leader of the American revolutionGeorge Washington
75%
46Led the U.S. through the Civil WarAbraham Lincoln
74%
40Helped invent the lightbulb and much moreThomas Edison
74%
48Invented the airplane (two people)Wright Brothers
70%
3Deeply influenced Chinese thoughtConfucius
68%
12Conquered most of EuropeNapoleon Bonaparte
68%
60Led the U.S. through the Great Depression and WWIIFranklin Roosevelt
67%
52Made discoveries about radiationMarie Curie
66%
93Important artist and "Renaissance" manLeonardo da Vinci
64%
53Broke England away from the Catholic churchHenry VIII
63%
8Invented the printing pressJohannes Gutenberg
63%
59Assembly line and automobile pioneerHenry Ford
62%
71First post-apartheid President of South AfricaNelson Mandela
62%
88Most prominent figure in the American Civil Rights movementMartin Luther King, Jr.
61%
20First Roman emperorAugustus
60%
94Musical composerLudwig van Beethoven
59%
92PlaywrightWilliam Shakespeare
59%
21Conquered EnglandWilliam the Conqueror
56%
91Founder of psychoanalysisSigmund Freud
54%
27Helped Latin America achieve independenceSimón Bolívar
51%
25Expanded the Frankish empireCharlemagne
49%
96Probably the most influential painter of the 20th centuryPablo Picasso
49%
95Renaissance artistMichelangelo
48%
23Father of Western PhilosophyPlato
47%
77Sometimes called the Father of Modern ScienceGalileo Galilei
46%
35Allowed Rome to become a Christian empireConstantine
42%
45Led England to a period of great discovery and prosperityQueen Elizabeth I
41%
43Unified Spain (two people)Ferdinand & Isabella
40%
42Greatly expanded the Russian empirePeter the Great
40%
73Conquered the AztecsHernán Cortés
39%
78Discovered that the Earth revolves around the SunNicolaus Copernicus
39%
69Led Russia to become a great powerCatherine the Great
37%
36Greatest pharaoh of the New KingdomRamesses II
37%
39Father of EconomicsAdam Smith
36%
47First to sail from Europe to IndiaVasco da Gama
36%
70Discovered penicillinAlexander Fleming
35%
38Attempted a first comprehensive system of Western thoughtAristotle
34%
76Unified Germany under Prussian leadershipOtto von Bismarck
33%
28Converted the Gentiles to ChristianitySt. Paul
31%
57Father of GeometryEuclid
29%
19Started TaoismLaozi
29%
72Conquered the IncasFrancisco Pizarro
28%
62Discovered geneticsGregor Mendel
26%
32Improved the steam engineJames Watt
26%
33Made huge breakthroughs in disease preventionLouis Pasteur
26%
84Invented the radioGuglielmo Marconi
25%
49To Sunnis, the fourth caliph; to shiites, the first imamAli
24%
29Started a once-popular religion called ZoroastrianismZoroaster
23%
9919th century novelistCharles Dickens
22%
87Father of computer scienceAlan Turing
20%
11Founded the Persian empireCyrus the Great
20%
86Emperor of Ethiopia, messiah of a minor religionHaile Selassie
19%
15Unified ChinaQin Shi Huang
19%
30Started the CrusadesPope Urban II
18%
61Made huge contributions to mathematics and philosophy in the 17th centuryRené Descartes
18%
50Invented the smallpox vaccineEdward Jenner
17%
98Pop musicianJohn Lennon
16%
67Made important discoveries about electromagnetismMichael Faraday
12%
51Preeminent mathematician of the 18th centuryLeonhard Euler
11%
66First President of IndonesiaSukarno
11%
41Conquered Central Asia in the late 1300sTimur
11%
10020th century athletePelé
10%
18Expanded the Maurya Empire to most of the Indian subcontinentAshoka
8%
82Father of nuclear physicsErnest Rutherford
8%
81Promoted sterile surgeryJoseph Lister
8%
80Improved the microscope. Observed single-celled organismsAntony van Leeuwenhoek
7%
75Helped develop the Scientific MethodFrancis Bacon
7%
68Made important discoveries about electromagnetismJames Maxwell
7%
65Conquered Constantinople, ending the Byzantine EmpireMehmed the Conqueror
7%
85Founder of PakistanMuhammad Ali Jinnah
7%
79Father of Modern ChemistryAntoine Lavoisier
6%
83Prophet who founded Manichaeism, a now extinct religionMani
5%
55Figured out how to make artificial fertilizerFritz Haber
4%
90Hero of Mexican independenceMiguel Hidalgo y Costilla
3%
56Potentially saved hundreds of millions by improving crop yieldsNorman Borlaug
3%
64Conquered Persia and much of the Byzantine EmpireUmar
3%
97Arguably influenced pop culture more than anyone elseWalt Disney
3%
54Invented birth controlGregory Pincus
2%
74Founder of JainismMahavira
2%
63Founded the Umayyad caliphateMuawiyah I
2%
89Helped overthrow the Shogunate in JapanSakamoto Ryōma
2%
58Emperor who led China to a golden age during the Tang dynastyTaizong of Tang
2%

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