25 Of The Most Important People In History Who Are Drastically Underrated

Some of the most important people in history are people you’ve probably never heard of. How is this possible? Get ready because if you are a history buff, this list will hit close to home.

History is replete with people that never get the proper recognition that they deserve. It’s always the dog that barks the loudest that gets dinner right? However the biggest heroes in history are usually the underdogs. They’re the guys and girls in the shadows. Those that didn’t make very big waves but did outrageously courageous things. They sacrificed their lives, spent years making scientific breakthroughs, and contributed in very selfless ways to society. But in many cases their stories were either left out of history books, were overlooked, or they were replaced by a louder dog. And usually that louder dog is also a hero…but also a bit more histrionic, and less likable. So today, we are going to compile a tribute to the people who you may not know but who definitely left an impact on your life. These are 25 of the most important people in history who are drastically underrated.

By the way, if you do know somebody on this list, that’s awesome! But keep in mind that the vast majority of people may not know about these people. So get ready because these are 25 of the most important people in history who are drastically underrated!

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Grace Hopper

Grace HopperSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

She invented the compiler, coined the term debugging, and was one of the highest ranking females in US military history.


Patrick Vincent Coleman

Patrick Vincent ColemanSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Patrick was a train dispatcher in Nova Scotia when two ships collided in the Halifax Port (1917). One of the ships was carrying munitions and lit on fire. Patrick stayed at his post to warn oncoming trains and died in the resulting explosion. His final message was “Hold up the train. Ammunition ship afire in harbor making for Pier 6 and will explode. Guess this will be my last message. Good-bye boys.”


Clair Cameron Patterson

Clair Cameron PattersonSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

He campaigned against lead poisoning and played a lead role in getting lead banned as a fuel additive.


Larry Tesler

Larry TeslerSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

He basically invented copy/paste.


Ignaz Semmelweis

Ignaz SemmelweisSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

A Hungarian physician, he discovered that hand washing in maternity wards decreased mortality by nearly 90%.

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