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LIST: Top 9 Most Influential People in History


People often debate about who was the most influential person in history and everyone has their own opinion on this because measuring a person influence in history is quite a subjective thing. There are many people who have been influential in many different ways and they have included religious figures, scientists and politicians. Here are just 9 of the figures, who many people would agree, have been some of the most influential people in history.

1. Jesus Christ

Although a lot of people in the Western world now say that they are not religious at all, there is no doubt the religious figures have had a major impact. Christianity is still the biggest religion in the world and approximately one third of the world’s population classify themselves as Christians. The words of the Bible have also permeated into daily life and into everyday phrases that we all use today. So in our opinion, Jesus Christ – truly deserves first place in our list of the most influential people in history.

2. Sir Isaac Newton

One of the most influential scientists in history was Sir Isaac Newton and he helped to shape the face of modern science. He was a teacher, a scientist and an inventor and his understating of gravity underpins much of physics today. He also created the famous laws of motion, and he invented the reflecting microscope and published early works about light.

3. Aristotle

According to some people, the philosopher Aristotle is one the most influential human beings who ever lived. He is considered to be one of three greatest philosophers of all time, the other two being Plato and Socrates, and his teachings spread all the way across the world. One of his most famous students was Alexander the Great and Aristotle’s words are respected by billions of people, regardless of their gender, creed or religion.

4. Albert Einstein

Another of the scientists that had a huge impact on work of thinking was Albert Einstein. His theory of relativity shaped our understanding of the universe and his theories of physics still influence much of scientific thought today. Pretty good going for a man whose teachers told his parents that he wouldn’t amount to much.

5. Buddha

Gautama Buddha was born in Nepal and, when he witnessed old age and suffering for the first time in his life, he set out on his journey to discover truth and enlightenment. His teachings are estimated to have influenced billions of people with the eight principles of ethical life that he devised. He spent his life travelling the Indian subcontinent teaching, but his ideas did not spread beyond the East, until well after his death.

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6. Confucius

Confucius was a Chinese philosopher whose thinking influenced many people in the East. Many people still follow his teachings today and, especially, his thoughts on personal development. He is an extremely important part of Chinese history and he has been described as a teacher, a politician, and a philosopher. One of his most famous teachings was ““What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”

7. Archimedes

The Greek mathematician and inventor, Archimedes, is considered to be one of the most brilliant minds of all time and he is sometimes called the Godfather of Invention. Archimedes’ principle, which explains why a boat floats, is still taught to school kids around the world today. He also worked out how a lever worked and his early work influenced the thinking of every inventor and mathematician who followed him.

8. Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great is one of the very few people who ever lived who can be said to have started a whole era of human history. He is thought to have been one of the greatest military leaders ever and he was responsible for spreading the Greek culture to most of the then known world. He also founded more than twenty great cities, including Alexandria in Egypt.

9. Appius Claudius Caecus

Appius Claudius Caecus may be a name that you are not familiar with, but it is estimated that he influenced approximately 19 billion people. He was the man who set the foundations in place for the Roman republic, which eventually become the Roman Empire. It was his changes to the Roman way of voting that led to future conquered peoples being able to become a part of Roman society and that is why the Roman Empire was so successful for so long.

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