The 35 Most Influential People of All Time

Over the years, humanity has grown and became what we are now, but it was not like this from the start of humankind.

Many people had influenced the World to change and become civilize & established peace and rules between us.

There have been so many significant people in the course of history, and we still remember them to this day and read about them in books.

Today, We will be presenting you with the list of the 35 most influential people in the history of humanity.

The 35 Most Influential People of All Time

35. Napolean Bonaparte

Napolean Bonaparte, who is more popular by his first name Napolean was a  French military and political leader.

Bonaparte is well known in history for his unmatched leadership skills that helped him rise to fame in the French revolution and other revolutionary wars.

He was also the de facto leader of the French Republic and later on became the emperor of France and led France through various Napoleonic Wars.

34. Aristotle

Next up is another important person in history and someone who probably we all know.

He was a Greek philosopher and polymath during the Classical period in Ancient Greece.

He was a student of Plato who will later be mentioned in the article later on.

Aristotle learned from Plato and became the founder of Lyceum, which is a philosophical school.

33. Henry Ford

We can assume that everyone has heard of the Ford car, right? Therefore, if you have heard of it, you must have figured out who this person is.

Henry Ford was a business magnate, industrialist, and founder of the Ford Motor Company, which is still popular despite being a decade old.

Henry Ford
Henry Ford posing for a camera

Back in the day, automobiles were not something that any average person can afford, and he manufactured them so that even an average person could afford them.

We should be thankful to this man for his invention that has helped us to be able to afford the automobile without spending our life savings.

32. Martin Luther

Martin Luther was a professor of theology, author, priest, and composer who was popular for being the seminal figure in the Reformation.

He is one of the first persons who translated the bible into the german language so more people could have access to it.

Luther was a wise man and was a great believer in god, but at that time, he did not like the teaching of the roman catholic church and rebelled against them and rejected their teachings.

31. Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin, or should I say the father of evolution. We have all learned about Darwin in our science books, where we read about his theory of evolution.

He was an English naturalist, biologist, and geologist who is widely popular and still remembered for his theory of evolution.

One of the important theories Darwin came up with in his time was that all species have descended from common ancestors.

He is also the pioneer of the theory of “Survival of the fittest.”

30. William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor who was arguably the best writer in the history of humankind.

He has written countless masterpieces throughout his lifetime.

For his immeasurable contribution to English literature, he is regarded as the father of modern English Literature.

Some of his most famous dramas are Mcbeth, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, etc.

29. Nelson Mandela

Another one of the most influential people in history who paved the path of freedom for black people is Nelson Mandela.

He was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, philanthropist, and political leader who later became the president of South Africa in the late 1990s.

Despite doing nothing wrong, Mandela was sent to prison for his rebellion.

Even though he was in prison, he had already paved the path for freedom.

And during his time in prison, he wrote a book titled “Long Walk to Freedom,” which is one of his best books.

28. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an influential composer in the Classical period. He is still remembered for his contribution to music.

Mozart was a child prodigy who was already composing music by the age of five years old, and by that time, he was also competent at playing the keyboard and the violin.

He had composed over 600 music. They are still preserved to date. Many of Mozart’s compositions were used as the base of some genres we listen to now.

Some of his most popular compositions are The Marriage of Figaro, Symphony No. 41, Requiem, etc.

27. Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill is popular by his short name Winston Churchill. He is one of the most influential people in history.

Winston was a British statesman who later became the prime minister of Britain.

He served as the British prime minister during the course of the second world war, and the brits widely praised him for his wartime leadership.

Asides from his political abilities, he was also a prolific writer and historian and had won the noble prize in both sectors.

26. Pythagoras

We have all studied math in our schools. So I am pretty sure you have heard the term Pythagoras theorem while doing some problems in maths.

Well, the theorem is named after the man who invented it, Pythagoras.

He was an ancient Ionian Greek philosopher and the eponymous founder of Pythagoreanism.

Pythagoras is one of the most influential people in the history of humanity because, even before us, he had influenced great philosophers like Plato and Aristotle.

Aside from the Pythagoras theorem, he also invented the Pythagorean tuning, the five regular solids, the Theory of Proportions, and the Earth’s sphericity.

25. Buddha

Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha is one of the most influential people in the history of the world and the founder of the Buddhism religion.

Buddha was born and raised in Nepal and was a prince, but he left the castle early to find peace.

Portrait of Buddha

In search of peace, he went from place to place, and after a long time, he was enlightened. That is why he is widely considered the Enlightened One.

After his enlightenment, he found the path to release clinging and craving and escape the cycle of birth and rebirth.

24. Moses

Moshe Rabbenu is a prophet in Judaism and a significant figure in Christianity and Islam.

He is the leader of the Israelites and lawgiver of the Torah.

It is mentioned that Moses was born to help Israelites and others.

There is a possibility that he actually existed, but he is mostly considered a legendary figure.

23. Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, aka Jesus of Nazareth, was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader.

He is the founder and the god of the largest religion of the world, Christianity.

Jesus was arrested by Jewish authorities and was turned over to the Roman government.

Then he was crucified by the orders of Pontius Pilate, who was the Roman Prefect of that time.

According to his followers, he came back from the dead after his execution. The community that formed around him after his resurrection was known as the early Church.

22. Muhammad

Muhammad was an Arab religious, political, and social leader widely known as the world religion founder, Islam.

It is believed that Muhammad was the prophet who was sent to preach and confirm the monotheistic teachings of Adam, Jesus, Abraham, Moses,  and other prophets.

He is regarded as the final prophet of God in all of Islam, and he united Arabia into a single Muslim nation with the help of the Quran.

21. George Washington

George Washington was an American political leader, military general, statesman who was also the Founding Father of the United States.

He also served as the first President of the United States.

During his early years, he led the patriot forces to victory in the American Revolutionary War and established the constitutions of the United States.

Washington is also commonly regarded as the father of the nation for his leadership abilities and his contribution to uniting America.

20. Plato

Plato was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece. He is also one of the most influential people in history.

Moreover, he is considered one of the most influential people in the history of humanity due to his contribution to philosophies and other things.

Plato was a student of the renowned Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle.

He is also regarded as the founder of Western religion and spirituality. He is also the central figure of Neoplatonism of philosophers.

19. Michelangelo

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and renowned poet born in the Republic of Florence.

He is known for his wide influence on Western art. However, he had a versatile artistic ability that even rivaled greats like Leanardo Da Vinci.

Many scholars over the years have described Michelangelo as the greatest artist of his era, and some even regard him as the greatest artist in the history of humankind.

18. Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin is also one of the founding fathers of the United States alongside George Washington. Besides that, he was also a writer, philosopher, and scientist.

Franklin is widely known for the American Enlightenment, where he devised many theories that helped us discover many things about electricity.

He was a great physicist and invented various things that we still use to this day. Some of Franklin’s most important inventions are the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove.

17. Archimedes

Archimedes, also known as Archimedes of Syracuse, was a Greek Mathematician, Physicist, and great Astronomer.

He is one of the prominent scientists in classical antiquity.

Moreover, he is also considered the greatest scientist in the history of humankind.

Archimedes was a successful mathematician and devised many theories including, accurate approximation of pi, area of a circle, surface area and volume of a sphere, area of an ellipse, etc.

16.Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ludwin Van Beethoven, who is known by his name Beethoven was a german composer and a pianist.

He is also considered one of the greatest composers of all time and ranked along with greats like Mozart.

Moreover, Beethoven’s work is still popular today and has paved the way for many composers of our age.

Beethoven’s popular compositions are Piano Sonata No. 23, Turkish March, Symphony No. 8, etc.

15. Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan is one of the most popular rulers throughout history who is still remembered in the books for history for his battles.

He was the Emperor and founder of the first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire.

Genghis khan
Portrait Genghis khan

Genghis Khan conquered many dynasties across the world, and his conquest had destruction on an unprecedented scale. He would change the landscapes and reform the territories completely.

14. Wright Brothers

In today’s world, airplanes are necessary for everyone.

For that, we should be thankful for the Wright Brothers, who are the inventors of the airplanes.

Orville and Wilbur Wright together invented the first-ever airplane in history.

They named their airplane Wright Flyer which was the first controlled flight. It traveled 6 kilometers from south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

13. Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, an anti-colonial nationalist who protested against the British who were colonizing India.

Similarly, he was the pioneer of the nonviolence resistance, which later led to India’s independence.

With this achievement, Gandhi inspired many leaders worldwide and brought civil rights and freedom across the world.

He was titled Mahatma, which means Great Soul, for his achievements, and he was given this title in South Africa.

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12. Marco Polo

Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant, writer, and traveler who loved to go around the world and explore new lands.

Polo is considered one of the greatest travelers, and all his travels are recorded in The Travels of Marco Polo.

Further, in this book, he presented the Eastern world’s mysterious culture and inner workings to the westerners.

This book had information about the Mongol Empire and Chinese dynasty over the eastern lands.

11. Galileo Galilei

Galileo di Vincenzo Bonaiuti de’ Galilei, who goes by the name of Galileo Galilei in the books of history, was an Italian astronomer, physicist, and engineer.

He was also a Polymath. He is the father of Observational Astronomy, Modern Physics, Scientific Method, and Modern Science.

Galileo was the first person to describe the properties of pendulums and hydrostatic balances. Later on in his life, he invented the thermoscope and various other military compasses.

10. Socrates

Socrates was a Greek philosopher from Athens who is also one of the founders of western philosophy.

He is also the first moral philosopher with the western thought process.

He did not write any books during his lifetime. But he is widely known through the books written by other philosophers.

Plato and Xenophon also spread Socrates’s name as his student.

Similarly, Socrates contributed to the fields of ethics and epistemology.

One of his most famous quotes is, “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”

9. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the first-ever leader for the American civil rights movement.

Luther led the movements with nonviolence and civil disobedience, which eventually led to the success of those movements.

He is one of the first people to stand up for the Black people in America.

He protested against the government for blacks’ right to vote, desegregation, labor rights, and other basic civil rights.

8. Julius Cesar

Gaius Julius Caesar was a general and statesman of Rome. He played a crucial role in the fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

Cesar alongside, Crassus and Pompey, formed the First Triumvirate, which ruled over Roman politics for a certain period of time.

Eventually, Cesar rose to become one of the most powerful politicians in the roman empire after his contribution to the Gallic Wars.

Later on, after his victory in Caesar’s civil war, he took over Rome.

7. Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is probably one of the most popular scientists that even little kids know. He is also one of the most influential people in history.

He is one of the most influential people in history due to his massive contribution and knowledge.

Einstein was a theoretical physicist who is one of the greatest physicists of all time.

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein’s portrait

He is popular for devising the theory of relativity and contributing to the advancement of the theory of quantum mechanics.

His theory of  E = mc2 is considered one of the most important and well-known equations in history. He also won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.

6. Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was an American lawyer and statesman. He also served as the 16th President of the United States of America.

Lincoln led America through the Civil War and helped them cope with the moral, cultural, constitutional, and political crisis.

During his presidency, he managed to preserve the union between the states and diminished slavery from America while modernizing the US economy.

5. Alexander The Great

Alexander the Great, who is also known as the Alexander III of Macedon, was a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon.

The Great is one of the most influential people in history.

He became a king at the early age of 20 and carried his kingship for a long period of time.

Over the course of his rule, he started a military campaign throughout Western Asia and Northeastern Africa.

Wherever he went, he conquered, and just in 10 years of his rule, and he had extended his empire from Greece to northwestern India.

In his lifetime, Alexander never faced defeat and died without losing a single battle.

Due to this achievement, he is regarded as one of the best military commanders of all time.

4. Isaac Newton

The man mentioned in our science books many times and one of the most influential people in history is Isaac Newton.

He was an English mathematician, physicist, and astronomer. He is one of the greatest mathematicians.

Newton is one of the central figures in the scientific revolution. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica is the base of classical mechanics.

He is popular for formulating the laws of motion and gravity. He also devised the theory of calculus.

3. Marie Curie

Marie Salomea Skłodowska Curie was a Polish and naturalized French physicist and chemist and one of the first people to research radioactivity.

Later on in her life, she became the first-ever female to win the noble prize and then became the only female to win two noble prizes.

Besides that, she was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris.

She is the one who discovered elements polonium and radium and then isolated the radioactive isotopes.

2. Leonardo Da Vinci

We have all see the beautiful portrait of Monalisa. Leonardo Da Vinci painted it.

Leonardo was an Italian polymath of the High Renaissance and an astounding painter.

Besides that, he was also an Engineer, Theorist, Sculptor, and Architect.

Despite being multitalented, he is widely popular for being a painter.

Leonardo is one of the greatest artists in history.

And is one of the founders of the High Renaissance.

1. Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American, inventor, electrical engineer, and mechanical engineer, is number one on the list of most influential people in history.

He contributed to the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

Nikola studied engineering and physics for a long time but did not have a degree, but he had many practical experiences as he tested things out.

Nikola Tesla posing for a camera

Throughout his lifetime, Tesla invented important things that we still use to this day.

He is the inventor of Tesla coil, Induction motor, Remote control, etc., and many more.

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