Who do you consider the most inspirational person of all time? Martin Luther King Jr.? Nelson Mandela? There have been many great historical figures that have shaped the world down the ages, and it would be very difficult (if not impossible) to pick those whose impact on the happenings in the world was greatest. Yet, we gave it a try and compiled this post with some of most inspirational people of all time. Some of them are famous, some of them are rather unknown, but all of them have one thing in common – they changed the world. From Charles Darwin to Dalai Lama, here are 25 Unbelievable People Who Changed The World.
A successful Swiss businessman and devoted social activist, Henry Dunant is remembered as the very first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901. During a business trip in 1859, Dunant saw the horrible aftermath of the Battle of Solferino in Italy (Napoleon’s French Army vs. Franz Joseph I’s Austrian Army). In response to the cruelties he witnessed, he founded the Red Cross in 1863. The Geneva Convention (adopted in 1864) was also based on his humanitarian ideas.
Known as El Libertador, Simon Bolivar was a prominent Venezuelan military and political leader who played a key role in freeing six South and Central American countries – Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama from the Spanish rule. Bolivar was born into a wealthy aristocratic family, but he devoted most of his life to military campaigns and liberation efforts. The country of Bolivia was named in honor of this inspirational man.
Albert Einstein is generally considered one the most respected and influential scientists of all time. Throughout his life, he came up with a number of interesting and revolutionary concepts, ideas, and theories. It was the Theory of Relativity, though, that made him one of the greatest historical figures to change the world. Even now, a century later, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is still reshaping how the modern scientific community thinks as they search for a grand Theory of Everything.
Leonardo da Vinci
It is really difficult to describe all of the ways in which Leonardo da Vinci shaped the world; this Italian Renaissance genius mastered so many things during his lifetime, from sculpture and painting to architecture, music, mathematics, and anatomy to engineering etc. Considered one of the most diversely talented men who have ever lived on Earth, da Vinci is also credited with numerous revolutionary inventions including the parachute, helicopter, tank, and scissors.
A famous Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer, Christopher Columbus was not the first European to reach the Americas (having been preceded by the Vikings); however, his voyages started a period of unprecedented exploration, conquest, and colonization that lasted several centuries. Columbus’ travels to the New World also had a significant impact on the geography at the time as it was thought that the Earth was flat and that there was nothing beyond Europe.