10 Most Influential People of All Time

There have been many great personalities in the history who influenced the people throughout the history. There are some people who are well known for changing the world for better purpose. They had a great impact on culture, society and history. It means that everyone on this list has a significant effect on how modern people live their lives. Here are the 10 Most Influential People of All Time who influenced all of us in a very positive manner.

10. Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein was a great scientist of the 20th century born on 14 March 1879 in Ulm. Time magazine sort him as the most influential people of the 20th century. His mass equivalence formula E=mcis the world’s most famous equation. He has a learning disability in childhood and can’t even read till 8 despite that he won the Nobel Prize for physics. His theory of photoelectric effect, electromagnetic field, general theory of relativity, quantum theory, particle theory and motion of molecules has revolutionized the whole world.

9. Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer and navigator, born in the Republic of Genoa on 31st October 1450. He holds valuable knowledge about the trade winds and known for the successful navigation of the Atlantic Ocean. But the idea that he was the first person to imagine a rounded earth is a popular misconception. Between 1492 and 1503, he completed four trips and discovered the European countries and American continents.

8. Johannes Gutenberg

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Johannes Gutenberg was a German goldsmith, blacksmith and the inventor of the printing in Europe. He invented mechanical movable type printing, which is regarded as the most important event of the modern world. He printed many books out of which some are unidentified. In 1455 he completed his most popular book, 42 line Bible and only 180 copies were printed.

7. Cai Lun

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Cai Lun was born on ca. 50 and widely regarded as the inventor of paper and the paper making process. Paper making existed in China since 2nd century, but he was responsible for improvement of paper making technique by adding new ingredients to its composition. According to his official biography he uses bark, silk, fishing net and hemp in his technique, but his exact formula has been lost.

6. Paul of Tarsus

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Paul of Tarsus was an apologist who spread the message of Christ to the first century people. He is widely considered as one of the most important figures of the apostolic age. In first century he founded many churches in Asia and Europe. Throughout his life, he preaches that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God and his legacy led to the formation of communities that worshiped Jesus.

5. Confucius

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Confucius was a Chinese teacher and the philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. His philosophy strengthens personnel and governmental morality, social relationship and justice. His teaching was later turned into a set of rules and practices by numerous followers. Some community believes that he was a Prophet of God and his works are studied by scholars in many other Asian countries.

4. Isaac Newton

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Isaac Newton was a great Physicist and mathematician born on 25th December 1642. He is one of the greatest Scientists ever in the world. We all know his great invention, the 3 laws of motions. He invented the concept of gravitation, Kepler’s laws of planetary motion and built the first reflecting telescope. He also developed the theory of color, empirical law of cooling, power series, binomial theorem and Newtonian mechanics.

3. Buddha

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Gautama Buddha or simply the Buddha was a sage and philosopher, born between 563 BCE to 483 BCE. He is the primary figure in Buddhism and on whose teaching Buddhism was founded. At the age of 29 he left home and start meditation and teaching in northeastern India. The Buddha is also regarded as a manifestation of God. Now a large number of the world’s population is Buddhists.

2. Muhammad

Muhammad was born in 570 CE in Mecca, Arabia. Muslims considered him as the messenger and prophet of God. Other religion people regard him as the founder of Islam. He was orphaned at an early age and brought up under the care of his uncle. Muslims also considered him to have unaltered original faith of Adam, Noah, Jesus and other prophets.

1. Jesus Christ

Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus is the central figure of the world’s largest religion, Christianity. Jesus means God’s important prophets who were sent by God to teach people. He was widely regarded as the Messiah of the testament and referred him as Jesus Christ. He is considered as the most influential people of all time. He died by crucifixion as a sacrifice to achieve redemption and mount into heaven.

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Varun Kumar

Varun Kumar is an experienced science and technology journalist interested in machines, AI, and space exploration. He received a Master's degree in computer science from Indraprastha University. To find out what his latest project is, feel free to directly email him at [email protected] 

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