Toward a Top 100 Most Influential People

by Jonathan Hobratsch, with suggestions by Pauly Deathwish

I had recently published my preliminary list for the Top 100 Most Influential People in World History. The dilemma was that I found 25 figures that were guaranteed inclusion, and this left me with 162 people who had to battle it out for the final 75 slots.

Part 1: Pauly Deathwish’s Suggestions

My friend Pauly Deathwish, who is well versed in human history offered some suggestions, which I will consider here.

Deathwish’s list of 75 figures include the following:

Homer

Pythagoras

Socrates

Gautama Buddha

Alexander the Great

Julius Caesar

Augustus Caesar

Charlemagne

Genghis Khan

Petrarch

Machiavelli

Elizabeth I

Cervantes

Galileo

Shakespeare

Kepler

Hobbes

Descartes

Pascal

Locke

Leibniz

Bach

Adam Smith

Kant

Washington

Napoleon

Bolivar

Lincoln

Marx

Whitman

Pasteur

Le Prince

Edison

Planck

Marie Curie

Lenin

Stalin

Atatürk

Picasso

FDR

Keynes

Mao

Fermi

Heisenberg

Hammurabi

Cortes

Palladio

Calvin

Robespierre

Babbage

Dickens

Roentgen

Becquerel

Gandhi

MLK

John Lennon

Sargon

Thales

Archimedes

Constantine

Saladin

Giotto

Magellan

Suleiman

Bacon

Boyle

Leeuwenhoek

Watt

Volta

Niepce

Rutherford

Marconi

Fleming

Ashoka

This being the case, I’ll first argue for the inclusion of 26 people (or groups of people) he omitted. If I cannot make a strong argument for their inclusion against Deathwish’s suggestions, then they will not be listed here. Here is my list:

Cicero, Umar ibn-Al-Khattab, Pizarro, William Harvey, Edward Jenner, Hamilton, Wollstonecraft, Dalton, Gauss, Goodyear, Bessemer, Bazalgette, James Maxwell Clerk, Otto, Pankhurst, Willis Carrier, Sykes and Picot, Goddard, Truman, Farnsworth, Korolev, Perotto, Hill, Wilmut and Campbell, Collins and Venter, Brin and Page.

Part 2: Preparation for the gauntlet 

I’ll now force select figures from Deathwish’s list through the gauntlet of the 26 people he omitted, but that I resurrected. If the person emerges mostly unscathed through the gauntlet, then they will most likely survive for the top 100 list. If not, then it is likely one of the people from this list of 26 will be added to the 75 open spots.

I’ve determined the following people as candidates to go through the gauntlet: Ashoka, Niepce, Suleiman, Giotto, Saladin, Archimedes, Sargon, the Beatles, MLK, Gandhi, Dickens, Robespierre, Calvin, Palladio, Hammurabi, Mao, Keynes, FDR, Picasso, Ataturk, Stalin, Lenin, Le Prince, Whitman, Marx, Lincoln, Bolivar, Napoleon, Washington, Adam Smith, Bach, Leibniz, Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, Machiavelli, Petrarch, Charlemagne, Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, Buddha, Socrates, Homer.

Part 3: More join the original 25 inductees

This obviously means that the following will be added to the 25 individuals guaranteed inclusion into the top 100. We now have 56 people included. The guantlet is a fight over the remaining 44 slots: Pythagoras, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Galileo, Kepler, Hobbes, Descartes, Pascal, Locke, Kant, Pasteur, Edison, Planck, Marie Curie, Fermi, Heisenberg, Cortes, Babbage, Roentgen, Becquerel, Thales, Constantine, Magellan, Bacon, Boyle, Leeuwenhoek, Watt, Volta, Rutherford, Marconi, Fleming

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