List of Famous People with Quick Facts & Comparison Images

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Bill Gates

Co-Founded Microsoft. One of the most wealthy men alive.

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Plato

Helped to lay the foundations of natural philosophy, science, and Western philosophy.

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Cui Jiano

A pioneer in Chinese rock music. "The Father of Chinese Rock N' Roll"

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Vladimir Lenin

A Russian revolutionary, Bolshevik leader, communist politician, principal leader of the October Revolution and the first head of the Soviet Union

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Pavel Korchagin

The hero of the book 'How the Steel Was Tempered' a socialist realist novel written by Nikolai Ostrovsky (1904-1936).

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Bill Clinton

Served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001.

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Peter I of Russia

Carried out a policy of modernization and expansion that transformed the Tsardom of Russia into the 3-billion acre Russian Empire, a major European power.

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Bruce Lee

Widely regarded as the most influential martial artist ever and a cultural icon.

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Winston Churchill

Served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II.

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Henri Matisse

A French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid, brilliant and original draughtsmanship.

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Pelé

Known for his accomplishments and contributions to the game of football in addition to being officially declared the football ambassador of the world by FIFA and a national treasure by the Brazilian government.

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Guan Yu

A general serving under the warlord Liu Bei during the late Eastern Han Dynasty and Three Kingdoms era of China.

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Ramesses II


Regarded as Egypt's greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh.

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Charles de Gaulle


A French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II.

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Margaret Thatcher

The only woman to have been the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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Alfred Nobel


A Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, armaments manufacturer and the inventor of dynamite. He used his enormous fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt


The 32nd President of the United States. He was a central figure of the 20th century during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war.

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Ernest Hemingway


An American writer and journalist. A veterans of World War I. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for The Old Man and the Sea, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

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Elvis Presley


An American singer, actor, and musician. A cultural icon, he is commonly known simply as "Elvis," and is also sometimes referred to as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" or "The King".

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J. Robert Oppenheimer


The scientific director of the Manhattan Project: the World War II effort to develop the first nuclear bomb "The Father of the Atomic Bomb".

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William Shakespeare


Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Composed over six hundred works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.

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Audrey Hepburn


One of the most successful film actresses in the world.

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Ludwig van Beethoven

A German composer and pianist. He was a crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most acclaimed and influential of all composers.

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Adolf Hitler

His Nazi forces committed numerous atrocities during the war, including the systematic killing of as many as 17 million civilians including the genocide of an estimated six million Jews, known as the Holocaust.

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Benito Mussolini

An Italian politician who led the National Fascist Party and is credited with being one of the key figures in the creation of Fascism.

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Saddam Hussein

The President of Iraq from July 16, 1979 until April 9, 2003.

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Maxim Gorky

Founder of the socialist realism literary method and a political activist.

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Sun Yat-sen

A Chinese revolutionary and political leader. An American citizen, he is frequently referred to as the Father of China. Sun played an instrumental role in overthrowing the Ta Tsing Empire in 1911.

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Deng Xiaoping

As leader of the Communist Party of China, Deng became a reformer who led China towards market economics.

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Alexander Pushkin

A Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

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Lu Xun

One of the major Chinese writers of the 20th century. Considered by many to be the founder of modern Chinese literature.

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Josef Stalin

The number of people killed under Stalin's regime are estimated from 3 to 60 million. The General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. In the years following Lenin's death in 1924, he rose to become the leader of the Soviet Union.

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Leonardo da Vinci

An Italian polymath, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the renaissance man.

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Karl Marx

A German philosopher, political economist, historian, political theorist, sociologist, communist and revolutionary credited as the founder of communism.

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Charlie Chaplin

An Academy Award-winning English comedic actor and filmmaker.

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Henry Ford

The American founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of modern assembly lines used in mass production. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry.

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Lei Feng

A soldier of the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China. He was characterised as a selfless and modest person who was devoted to Chairman Mao Zedong and the people of China. In the posthumous "Learn from Comrade Lei Feng" campaign, begun by Mao in 1963, the youth of the country were indoctrinated to follow his example.

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Jonas Salk, Norman Bethune, or Harold E. Varmus?


The moustache is throwing me off (Neither men had a moustache as far as I've seen). I don't think Jonas Salk or Norman Bethune is correct.

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Sigmund Frued

An Austrian psychiatrist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology.

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Jack Kevorkian

Most noted for physician-assisted suicide; he claims to have assisted in 130 suicides.

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Chiang Kai-Shek

A political and military leader of 20th century China.

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Queen Elizabeth II

One of the longest-reigning British monarchs.

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Mike Tyson

Was the undisputed heavyweight champion and remains the youngest man ever to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles.

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Vladimir Putin

The current Prime Minister of Russia.

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Lewis Carroll

His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all considered to be within the genre of literary nonsense.

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Shirley Temple

An actress, singer and tap dancer, who is best known for being an iconic American child actress of the 1930s.

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Leo Tolstoy

A Russian writer widely regarded as among the greatest of European novelists. His masterpieces, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, represent the peak of realist fiction.

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Albert Einstein

He is best known for his theory of relativity and specifically mass–energy equivalence, expressed by the equation E = mc2.

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Genghis Khan

After founding the Mongol Empire and being proclaimed "Genghis Khan", he started the Mongol invasions.During his life, the Mongol Empire eventually occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia.

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Napoleon Bonaparte

A military and political leader of France whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century.

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Che Guevara

An Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist, and guerrilla leader. Since death, his stylized image has become a ubiquitous global symbol of Counterculture.

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Fidel Castro

The former Head of State of Cuba for nearly 50 years, and a leader of the Cuban Revolution.

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Marlon Brando in The Godfather as Don Vito Corleone

An American actor whose body of work spanned over half a century. He is considered one of the greatest actors of all time.

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Yasser Arafat

A Palestinian leader. Spent much of his life fighting against Israel in the name of Palestinian self-determination.

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Julius Caesar

Played a critical role in the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.

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Claire Lee Chennault

A United States military aviator who commanded the "Flying Tigers" during World War II.

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Luciano Pavoratti

An Italian operatic tenor, who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.

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George W Bush

Served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson photograph Srinagar, Kashmir, 1948

A French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. The photograph is Srinagar, Kashmir, 1948.

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Osama bin Laden

The founder of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda, best known for the September 11 attacks on the United States and is also the FBI's most wanted person in the world.

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Liu Xiang

The first Chinese athlete to achieve the "triple crown" of athletics (World Record Holder, World Champion and Olympic Champion).

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Dante Alighieri

An Italian poet of the Middle Ages. Dante is also called the "Father of the Italian language". His work 'The Divine Comedy' describes Dante's journey through Hell (Inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio), and Paradise (Paradiso).

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Original Artists: Zhang An, Li Tiezi, and Dai Dudu


The creators are Chinese artists. They are Dai Dudu, Liaoning Art Institute’s Vice President; Li Tiezi, contemporary oil painter; Zhang Anjun, chairman of the Shenyang Youth Association of Artists, and contemporary oil painter. Dai Dudu led the effort.

According to Dai Dudu, the three began work on the painting in 2006, completing it 10 months later. “At the time, we wanted to represent world history within a single painting. We wanted to showcase the world’s story, and let viewers feel as if they were flipping the pages of a history book,” Dai said. Article Source

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Friedrich Nietzsche

A nineteenth-century German philosopher and classical philologist. Nietzsche's influence remains substantial within and beyond philosophy, notably in existentialism and postmodernism.

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Steven Spielberg

An American film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Pablo Picaso

A Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. As one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art, he is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work.

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Abraham Lincoln

The 16th President of the United States. He successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War.

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Mao Zedong

A Chinese Communist leader. Mao led the Communist Party of China (CPC) to victory against the Kuomintang (KMT) in the Chinese Civil War.

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Zhou Enlai

The first Premier of the People's Republic of China.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture.

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Laozi

A philosopher of ancient China and is a central figure in Taoism.

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Marilyn Monroe

An American actress, singer, and model.

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Salvador Dalí

A Spanish painter best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work.

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Empress Dowager Cixi

A powerful and charismatic figure who became the de facto ruler of the Manchu Qing Dynasty, ruling over China for 48 years from her husband's death in 1861 to her own death in 1908.

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Marie Curie

A pioneer in the field of radioactivity, the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes, and the first female professor at the University of Paris.

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Ariel Sharon

An Israeli general and statesman, former Israeli Prime Minister.

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Prince Charles of Wales

The oldest child of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip. Though the Prince has been well known for his charity work throughout the Commonwealth, his personal life and relationships were always a point of tabloid focus, increasing greatly on his engagement to Lady Diana Spencer, and dissipating with his marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles.

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Kofi Annan

A Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1 January 1997 to 1 January 2007.

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Qi Baishi

A Chinese painter. The subjects of his paintings include almost everything, commonly animals, scenery, figures, toys, vegetables, and so on.

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Qin Shi Huang

The first emperor of a unified China in 221 BC.

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Hideki Tojo

A general in the Imperial Japanese Army and the 40th Prime Minister of Japan during much of World War II, from 18 October 1941 to 22 July 1944. After the end of the war, Tojo was sentenced to death for war crimes by the International Military Tribunal of the Far East and executed on 23 December 1948.

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Mother Teresa

For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.

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Mikhail Gorbachev

The last General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, serving from 1985 until 1991, and also the last head of state of the USSR, serving from 1988 until its collapse in 1991. He was the only Soviet leader to have been born after the October Revolution of 1917.

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Soong Ching-ling

One of the three Soong sisters—who, along with their husbands, were amongst China's most significant political figures of the early 20th century.

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Saint Peter

One of Twelve Apostles, chosen by Jesus from his first disciples.

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Otto von Bismarck

As Minister-President of Prussia from 1862–1890, he oversaw the unification of Germany.

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Run Run Shaw

A Hong Kong media mogul.

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A major philosopher, writer, and composer of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, whose political philosophy influenced the French Revolution and the development of modern political and educational thought.

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Li Bai

A Chinese poet. He was part of the group of Chinese scholars called the "Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup" in a poem by fellow poet Du Fu. Li Bai is often regarded, along with Du Fu, as one of the two greatest poets in China's literary history.

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Charles Darwin

An English naturalist who realised and presented compelling evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors, through the process he called natural selection. (The Noah garb might be the artists' attempt to illustrate the dichotomous schools of thought.)

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Confucius

A Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese and Vietnamese thought and life.

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Corneliu Baba

A Romanian painter, primarily a portraitist, but also known as a genre painter and an illustrator of books.

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Michelangelo

An Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival and fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci.

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

The pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. He was the pioneer of satyagraha—resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon ahimsa or total non-violence—which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

The 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961 and a five-star general in the United States Army.

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Vincent van Gogh

A Dutch Post-Impressionist artist. Some of his paintings are now among the world's best known, most popular and expensive works of art.

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

A French painter, printmaker, draftsman, and illustrator, whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of fin de siècle Paris yielded an oeuvre of excitement.

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Michael Jordan

One of the greatest basketball players of all time.

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Marcel Duchamp

A French artist whose work is most often associated with the Dadaist and Surrealist movements.

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Aristotle

A Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. He wrote on many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, ethics, biology and zoology.

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Liu Bei

A general, warlord, and later the founding emperor of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms era of China.

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