For Example, Mother Teresa
, the most adorable lady with kindest heart on the planet, who knows only love and care!
The father of Nation India, Mahatma Gandhi
, who battled for equity through peacefulness, the man of simplicity.
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Read here about the World’s Great Personalities, well known identities of the world, celebrated individuals from various divisions, incredible identities of India, unbelievable rulers and heads, big names, innovators, pioneers, researchers and much more.
A: World’s Great Personalities
American Singer, Dancer, Model and Actress. The redefining of the contemporary R&B and hip-hop styles earned her the nickname, ‘Princess of R&B. Second Album, ‘One in a Million’, sold 8 million copies worldwide. First Album ‘Age ain’t nothing but a Number’ sold 3 million copies.
- Abbas, KA(1914-87):
Indian film director, novelist, screenwriter, journalist, wrote in Urdu, Hindi and English languages, produced films ‘Saat Hindustani’, ‘Do Boond Pani’, one of pioneers of neo realistic cinema, scripted many Raj Kapoor films. Padma Shri 1969.
- Alexander, The Great(356-323 BC):
Greek conqueror, Educated by Aristotle, King of Macedonia, conquered SW Asia and Egypt, founded Alexandria, entered India by defeating porus in 327 BC, died in Babylon in 323 BC.
- Ambani, Anil(1959):
Indian industrial-ist, Chairman of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, owns Adlabs, the movie production-to-distribution-to-multiplex company that owns India’s only dome theatre. MP (2004).
- Ambedkar, Dr. Bhimrao Ramji(1891-1956):
Indian Jurist, Social worker, Politician, Writer, Educationalist, Emancipator of the ‘untouchables’ and crusader for social justice. Headed the Indian Constitution-drafting body-known as the father of the Indian Constitution. Minister in Nehru’s Cabinet. Bharat Ratna in 1990.
- Anand, Viswanathan(1969):
Indian Chess Grandmaster, lost to M. Carlsen in 2013 world Chess Championship, in 2014, beat M. Carlsen at World Rapid Chess Championship, Dubai, WC Champion 5 times, FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion 2003, FIDE World Champion 2000-2002, World Champion 2007-2013, one of the 6 players in History to break 2800 mark on FIDE rating- World no.2. Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel ratna Award 1991-92. Chess Oscar (6 times), Padma Vibhushan.
B: World’s Great Personalities
- Baba Ramdev(1965):
Proponent of Yoga, founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth and Bharat Swabhiman Trust for political campaigns, Brand Ambassador of Haryana since 2015.
- Bachchan, Amitab(1942):
Indian Versatile film actor, Former MP, Kaun Banega Crorepati Quiz Master. Padma Vibhushan.
- Bahadur Shah II(1775-1862):
The last king of Mughal empire. Took part in the 1857 Indian war of Independence from exile.
- Bajaj, Jamnalal(1886-1942):
Mahatma Gandhi’s Associate, founded the Satyagraha Ashram in Wardha, gifted Segaon village to Gandhi who named it Sevagram.
- Beevi Fathima M(1927):
The first women judge of the supreme court, 1989.
- Baker, Lauri(1917-2007):
British born indian architect who pioneered innovative low-cost, environment-friendly housing.
- Benegal, Shyam(1934):
Indian film director, Akrosh, Mandi, Bharat Ekkoj. Dada saheb palke award-2005. Padma Shri-1976, Padma Bhushan-1991.
- Bhatt, Ela(1933):
Emancipator of women in the self-employed sector founded SEWA. Magsaysay award, 1977.
C: World’s Great Personalities
- Cady, Stanton, Elizabeth(1815-1902): Social Activist, abolitionist. Her declaration of Sentiments, 1848, initiated the first organized women’s rights and women’s suffrage movements in the US.
- Cardin, Pierre(1922):
French master designer, internationally known for avant-garde style and space age fashion and art design besides engagements in industrial and automobile interior design.
- Carter, Aaron(1987):
A teenage heart throb, Aaron Charles Carter rose to frame as a pop and hip hop singer in the first decade of the 21st century.
- Castro, Fidel(1927):
Cuban revolutionary and political leader. In 1959 overthrew a police-state. In power for the longest period. Castro handed over power to brother Raul on july 31, 2006.
- Chatterji, Bankim Chandra(1838-1894):
Celebrated Bengali poet, novelist and a great patriot of India. Composed the National song ‘Vande Mataram’, Novels-Krishna Chatra, Durgesh Nandini, Chandrani, Visha Briksha, Kapal Kundala. Satirical book- Kamala Kanter Dafter.
- Clinton, Hillary(1947):
Ex-US Secretary of State, former first lady.Living History, hard Choices.
D: World’s Great Personalities
- Daimler, Gottlieb(1834-1900):
German engineer, founded the Daimler Motor Co. in 1890, which produces the Mercedes Vehicles.
- Dalai Lama(1935):
Spiritual leader of Tibet. Established govt-in-exile at Dharmasala in Himachal Pradesh, India (1959). Nobel prize(1989).
- Dam, Henrik(1895-1976):
Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K. Nobel Prize.
- Daya Bai(1940):
Social activist, settled in Barul, Chhindawara-MP, a law graduate, working for saving girl child, fighting violence against women, and women empowerment.
- Devi, Sitara(1920-2014):
Eminent Indian Kathak Dancer. Tagore called her ‘Nritya samragini’.
- Dhoni, MS(1981):
Indian Cricketer, captained all formats. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
- Djokovic, Novak(1987):
Serbian professional tennis player, current world No. 1 ATP, has already won 7 grand slams.
E: World’s Great Personalities
- Eastman, George(1854-1932):
American inventor, manufacturer of photographic equipment.
- Edison, Thomas Alva(1847-1931):
American inventor who held more than 1300 US and foreign parents for his inventions like the incandescent lamp.
- Einstein, Albert(1879-1955):
Mathematical physicist whose Theory of Relativity superseded Newton’s Theory of Gravitation. His work held on to the making of the nuclear bomb. Nobel Prize, 1921.
- Elizabeth I, Queen(1533-1603):
Queen Elizabeth I of England (1558-1603) was the daughter of Henry VIII. During her reign English Literature Bloomed. William Shakespeare lived during her time.
- Engels, Friedrich(1820-95):
German Socialist, together with Karl Marx wrote The Communist Manifesto.
F: World’s Great Personalities
- Fa-hein(399-414 AD):
The Buddhist Chinese pilgrim to visit India during the reign of Chandragupta Vikramaditya.
- Fahrenheit, Gabriel Daniel(1686-1736):
German Physicist who introduced the mercury thermometer and fixed thermometer standards.
- Fleming, Sir Alexander(1881-1955):
British Bacteriologist and discover of Penicillin (1928). Nobel Prize(1945).
- Ford, Gerald R(1913-2006):
American Republican President, 1974-77.
- Ford, Henry(1863-1974):
Pioneer (American) motor car manufacturer and industrialist. Founder of Ford Motor Company and Ford Foundation.
- Franklin, Benjamin(1706-90):
American statesman and scientist. Invented the lightning conductor. Promoted the American declaration of Independence (1776) and was involved in the work of drafting the constitution of America.
G: World’s Great Personalities
- Gaddafi, Muammar al(1942-2012):
A Libyan revolutionary, Politician and military dictator, took power in a coup in 1969, president from 1977 until he was ousted by rebels in 2011, killed by NTC fighters.
- Gadgil, Madhav(1942):
Indian ecologist, chairman of the western Ghats Ecology Expert panel. Shanti swarup Bhatnagar Award, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
- Gagarin, Yuri(1934-68):
Soviet cosmonaut, the first man to orbit the earth in spacecraft Vostok I in 1961.
- Gama, Vasco de(1460-1524):
Portuguese navigator, sea-traveller, discover of the sea route from western Europe to India.
- Gandhi, Indira(1917-84):
India’s 3rd and 6th PM (1966-77, 1980-84), first woman PM. Assassinated. Daughter of Nehru. Sons Rajiv and Sanjay. Bharat Ratna, 1971.
H: World’s Great Personalities
- Haasan, Kamal(1954):
South Indian film star who gave many blockbusters to Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam cinema, 3 national awards, career span, more than 40 years.
- Hamilton, Bethany(1990):
An American professional surfer who lost an arm in a vicious shark attack and surprised everyone by making a come-back and winning professional surfer trophies.
- Hangal, A.K(1914-2012):
Character actor in Hindi films
- Hardy, Thomas(1840-1928):
English novelist and poet, far from the madding Crowd.
- Harris, Paul(1868-1947):
American, who founded rotary international in 1905.
- Harvey, William(1578-157):
English physician who discovered the mechanics of the circulation of blood in 1616.
I: World’s Great Personalities
- Ibsen, Henrik Johan(1828-1906):
Norwegian playwright and poet. ‘The father of modern drama’. Ghosts, A Doll’s House.
- Iqbal, Muhammad(1877-1938):
The greatest 20th century Indian poet to write in Urdu. The secrets of the self, the song of Eternity. Auther of the famous line sare jahan se acha yeh Hindustan hamara.
Superstar of Indian film music. Music director of over 900 films. Padma Bhushan.
- Irom Sharmila Chanu(1972):
A Civil rights activist and poet. Also known as the “Iron lady of Manipur”. On indefinite hunger strike since 2000 demanding the repealing of AFSPA Act.
- Iyer, Semmangudi Srinivasa(1907-2003):
Great musician (Carnatic) of India. Padma Vibhushan.
J: World’s Great Personalities
- Jackson, Michael(1958-2009):
“The king of Pop”, or MJ – American singer, song writer, entertainer, dancer, music producer, Choreographer, actor and Philanthropist. Supported 39 charities, died of acute intoxication, followed by cardiac arrest. Albums: Thriller, Off the wall, Bad, Dangerous, and History. Autobiography: Moonwalk, sold 20000 copies. Owned Neverland Ranch. Children: paris, prince, Michael.
- Jackson, Rev. Jesse(1941):
American civil rights leader.
- Jagger, Mick(1944):
Lead singer of The Rolling stones, Rock Group. British.
- Jayalalitha, Jayaram(1948):
Indian film actress-turned-politician, AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu CM (1991-96, 2002-2006, 2011, 2015).
- Jobs, Stev(1955-2011):
American business, designer and inventor. Co-founder, chairman and former CEO of Apple Inc. Revolutionized and personal computer, smart phone, portable music devices, touch enabled tablets.
K: World’s Great Personalities
Hindi poet, a great exponent of the Bhakti movement, a socio religious movement. Believed in the equality of all religions and unity of Hindus and Muslims. Bijak, Kabir ke Dohe.
Hindi poet, a great exponent of the Bhakti movement, a socio religious movement. Believed in the equality of all religions and unity of Hindus and Muslims. Bijak, Kabir ke Dohe.
- Kadambini Ganguly(1861-1923):
First physician of south Asia to be trained in western medicine, also one of the first graduates of the British Empire in India.
- Kalelkar, Kaka saheb(1885-1981):
Philosopher and educationalist, Vice Chancellor of Gujarat University. Disciple of Gandhiji, Authorised more than 120 books in Gujarat, Marathi, Hindi and English.
- Karat, Prakash(1948):
Former general secretary of CPI (M) elected 2005. Wife-Brinda Karat.
- Keller, Helen(1880-1968):
American author and educator of the blind, deaf and blind when 19 months old. Inspiration to millions of people all over the world. The story of My Life.
- Kelvin, William Thompson(1824-1907):
British physicist, invented the kelvin scale of temperature.
L: World’s Great Personalities
- La Fontaine, Jean De(1621-95):
French poet of the fables and author of stories in verse.
- Lady Gaga:
(Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, 1986): US POP-dance electronic rock singer, song writer, record producer, dancer, activist, business woman, fashion designer, actress and Philanthropist and LGBT activism, 5 Grammy awards, 13 MTV Video Music Awards. Won 117 awards from 246 nominations. Debut album The Fame.
- Lahiri, Jhumpa(1967):
Writer of Indian origin. Won Pulitzer prize (2000) for the Interpreter of Maladies, stories of Bengal, Boston and Beyond.
- Lakshmibai, Rani(1835-58):
Queen of Jhansi, a brave warrior who took active part in the first war of Indian Independence.
- Lal, Durga(1948-1990):
Renowned Kathak dancer from Jaipur Gharana.
- Lee, Harper(1926):
Pulitzer Prize winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Enigmatic, reclusive never published another book.
M: World’s Great Personalities
- M.T. (Madath Thekkepat vasudevan Nair)(1934):
Well-known Malayalam novelist, Randamoozham, Asuravithu, Kuttiedathi, Kaalam, naalukettu, Iruttinte Athmavu, Directed 7 films and wrote the screen play for around 54 films. National best film award. Nirmalyam (1974), Oru Cheru Punchiri (2001), best screenplay 4 times for: Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989), Kadavu (1991), Sadayam (1992).
- Maathai, Wangari(1940-2011):
A renowned Kenyan environmentalist activist who spent the better half of her life fighting for environmental issues. Won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2004.
- Macbride, Sean(1904-88):
Irish States man, founder of Irish Republican Party, first chairman of Amnesty International(1961-75). Nobel Prize peace, 1974.
- Madhok, Prof. balraj(1920):
One of the founders of the bhartiya Jana Sangh and contemporary of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and others, former MP.
- Malala Yousafzai(1997):
Pakistani school student, activist for girls, ‘right to education’, especially in the Swat valley. Was shot by Taliban to silence her fight for the right to learn. Escaped death after surgery in UK. Nobel Laureate.
- Mangeshkar, Lata(1929):
Melody Queen of India, playback singer, song writer, produced 4 films, vaadal (Marathi), Jhaanjhar (Hindi), co-produced Kanchan (Hindi), Lekin (Hindi). 2012 launched her own music label LM Music, 1999-Rajya Sabha MP. Palke award, Rajiv Gandhi Sdbhavana Award, Bharat Ratna (2001).
N: World’s Great Personalities
- Na, Li(1982):
Chinese professional tennis player, now retired, grand slam 2, Total WTA singles titles -9.
- Nadal, Rafael(1986):
‘The king of clay’. Great Spanish professional tennis player, 14 grand slam singles titles, 2008 Olympic Gold.
- Nadella, Satya(1967):
Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft since 4th Feb 2014.
- Narayana guru, Shri(1855-1928):
Social reformers and religious leaders, born in Kerala, India. Thinker and mystic who tried to improve the lot of backward classes. Spread the message of equality-irrespective of religion. Sri Narayana Dharma Paripalana Sangam formed in 1903.
- Nehwal, Saina(1990):
First Indian to win a badminton at the London Olympics. The first Indian woman to Become Badminton Grand Prix champion and also the first Indian woman shuttler to win a Super Series Tournament. Rajiv khel Ratna Award 2010.
- Newton, Sir Isaac(1642-1727):
English Scientist, contributions- composition of white light, calculus and the Theory of Gravitation. Principia Mathematica.
- Nooyi, Indra(1955):
Indian-American business executive, CEO, of Pepsi Co. Born in Chennai. Reverse Innovation.
O: World’s Great Personalities
- Obama, Barack(1961):
44th US President since Jan., 2009. First African American to occupy the white house. Kenyan father, white mother. Formerly professor of Constitutional law. Brilliant orator, author. Nobel Prize 2009.
- Oberoi, Mohan Singh(1990-2002):
India’s famous hotelier. From humble beginning rose to own an international chain of hotels.
- Ofra Haza(1957-2000):
Israeli singer, mezzo-soprano voice, recording artist, actress.
- Omar Sharif(1932-2015):
Egyptian actor. Lawrence of Arabia, Funny Girl.
- Orwell, George(1903-50):
(Eric Arthur Blair) English satirist, born in India. Animal Farm.
- Osborne, Adam(1939-2003):
Computer technologist, produced the first portable computer.
- Osteen Joel(1963):
American inspirational author, and speaker.
P: World’s Great Personalities
- Pachuri, Dr. Rajendra K(1940):
Economist and environmental scientist, chairman of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) which won the Nobel Prize in 2007. Padma Bhushan.
- Packer, Kerry(1937-2005):
Australian media mogul, who organized world cricket series as a breakaway professional competition: 1977-79 for 9 network, popular for Howzat and Bodyline.
- Pal, Bachendri(1956):
The first Indian woman and the fifth woman in the world to scale Mount Everest(1984).
- Palkhivala, Naini(1920-2002):
Eminent Indian Jurist. Ambassador to USA, 1977-79. Padma Vibhushan, 1998.
- Panini(4C BC):
Well-known Hindu sage and Sanskrit grammarian, who belonged to the Vedic era and authored Ashtadhyayi.
- Pasolini, pier Paolo(1922-75):
Italian film maker, poet, novelist and critic.
- Patel, Sardar Vallabhai(1875-1950):
The ‘Iron man of India’. Leading freedom fighter. Worked closely with Gandhiji. Key role in the integration of India’s princely states with the Union. Dy. PM in Nehru Government. Bharat Ratna.
- Pele (1940)(Edson Arantes Do Nascimento):
Brazilian soccer legend. A world star at 17. Played in all 4 world cup championships from 1958-70. The first player ever to play on 3 world championship teams. Scored 1281 goals in 1363 games.
- Pitt, Agelina Jolie(1975):
American actress, humanitarian and UN Goodwill Ambassador, catapulted to fame as American super model. One of the Highest paid in Hollywood. Married to Brad Pitt.
(Born, Park Jae-sang, in Gangnam, S.Korea) Pop artist, an international sensation after releasing “Gangnam Style”. Won 2012 Best Video MTV Europe Award.
Q: World’s Great Personalities
- Quadir, Iqbal Z. (1958):
The founder of Gonofone and Grameenphone, an affiliate of micro-credit pioneer Grameen Bank, Backed by micro-loans Iqbal could retail telephone services to their surrounding communities. Born in Bangladesh. Won the Nobel Prize for peace in 2006.
- Quasimodo, Salvatore(1901-68):
Italian Poet associated with her meticism. Nobel Prize.
- Quisling, Vidkun(1887-1945):
Norwegian politician who helped the enemy during the German invasion of Norway. Seized as a traitor and was shot. The word quisling means ‘traitor’.
R: World’s Great Personalities
- Radhakrishnan, Dr. Sarvepalli(1888-1975):
India’s second president (1962-67), first Vice president (52-62). Scholar, philosopher, writer and statesman. Formerly a professor at Oxford, chairman of UNESCO. The Hindu view of life, Indian Philosophy. Bharat Ratna, Templeton Award.
- Rahman, AR (1967):
India’s leading film music director. Winner of two Oscors, 2009. Golden Globe, BAFTA award. His album Vandemataram, a best-seller. Roja, Bombay. Popular songs- Maa tujhe salam, Jai Ho
- Rai, Aishwarya(1974):
Indian beauty queen, Miss world 1994, a brilliant Bollywood star, the film Indian actress to be on the Cannes jury. Married to Abhishek Bachchan. Daughter Aaradhya. Padma Shri.
- Raju, Alluri Sita Rama(1897-1924):
Indian revolutionary, involved in the independence movement, led the ill-fated Rampa Rebellion where a band of tribal leaders and other sympathizers fought against the British Raj.
- Raman, Dr. C. V (1888-1970):
Indian physicist whose research on the diffusion of light of Raman effect a phenomenon of scattered light rays earned him. Nobel Prize, 1930. Founded Indian institute of science, Bengalore. Lenin peace Prize, Bharat Ratna.
- Rao, CNR (1934):
Indian scientist, known for state and structural chemistry. Bharat Ratna 2013, became the 4th scientist after the C.V. Raman, Visvesvaraya and APJ. Abdul Kalam to get the award.
- Roberts, Julia (1967):
American actress. Oscar for Best Actress for playing the title role in the movie Erin Brockovich.
- Rutherford, Ernest(1871-1937):
Known as the father of nuclear physics and made discoveries of radioactive half-life, transmutation of one chemical to another and differentiated alpha-beta radiation.
S: World’s Great Personalities
- Sabine Bergmann-pohl nee Schulz(1946):
German doctor and politician, acting head of state of E. Germany until its merger into the federal Republic of Germany. Post reunification of Germany, served in the government of Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
- Sadat, Anwar EI(1919-81):
Egyptian President 1970-81. Known for camp David peace treaty. Assassinated. Nobel Peace Prize.
- Saha, Aarti(1933-94):
Indian swimmer, the first woman from Asia to cross the English Channel.
- Sagan, Carl(1934-1996):
A multifaceted scientist who left his mark in astronomy, astrophysics, Extra-Terrestrial Science, the space and natural sciences.
British satirist and humorist. The Unbearable Bassington, Reginald
- Sampras, Pete(1971):
American tennis star. Six Wimbledon men’s singles titles. Retired, 2003.
- Sane, Pandurang Sadashiv(1899-1950):
Freedom fighter, revolutionary and socialist leader.
- Shakespeare, William(1564-1616):
Greatest dramatist and poet of England. 37 plays, 154 sonnets, two poems, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, the Tempest.
- Soyinka, Wole(1934):
Nigerian dramatist. First black African to get the Nobel Prize for Literature (1986). The Interpreters, Death and the King’s Horseman.
- Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745):
English Satirist. Gulliver’s Travels.
T: World’s Great Personalities
- Tagore, Rabindranath (1861-1941):
Indian poet and philosopher founded Shantinikethan which now is Viswabharati University. Wrote National anthems of both India- Jana Gana and Bangladesh- Amar Shonar Bangla. Sonar Tari, Chaitali, Kalpana, Gitanjali, Bhanu-Sinha Thakurer Padavali, Manasi, Nobel prize 1913-the Asian to get it.
- Taimur, Syeda Anwara(1936):
CM of Assam from 1980-81, the only female CM of the state.
(Ramatanu Pande) Symbolises the best in Hindustani music, the name Tansen was conferred by Akbar when he joined the Mughal court.
- Tata, Ratan(1937):
Great grandson of Jamshedji Tata. Instrumental in conceiving and producing Nano car. Padma Bhushan-2000, Padma Vibhushan-2008,. Stepped down from the Tata Group, in 2012.
- Taylor, Elizabeth(1932-2011):
English born American film actress. Married Richard Burton twice. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
- Tendulkar, Sachin(1973):
Indian cricketer, former captain. At 16 played his first Test in Karachi, at 19 scored 1000 runs in Test cricket, first batsman to score 10000 runs in one day cricket. India’s highest scorer in one dayers. Only cricketer to score 100 centuries in international cricket which includes 49 ODI and 51 Test centuries, Arjuan Award, Rajiv Khel Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Rajya sabha member since 2012. Retired from international cricket.
- Tolstoy, Leo(1828-1910):
Russian novelist and writer on ethics and religion. War and peace, Anna Karenina, Resurrection.
U: World’s Great Personalities
- Upadhyaya, Pandit Deendayal(1916-1968):
Indian economist, sociologist, journalist and politician, Leader of the Bharatiya jana Sangh, a guiding force for an alternative model of governance and politics.
- Urbani, Carlo(1956-2003):
Italian epidemiologist was the first person who identified SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) as a highly contagious disease.
- Ustad Wasifudin dagar(1969):
Indian classical singer of dhrupad genre. Son of Ustad Nasir Faiyazuddin dagar.
- Uthup, Usha(1947):
Indian Pop singer and female playback singer in Bollywood.
V: World’s Great Personalities
- Vaidyanathan, Nirupama(1977):
First Indian woman to win a round in a Grand slam tennis tournament (Australian open, Jan 98)
One of the most celebrated Sanskrit poets of ancient India and author of the Ramayana.
- Vatsyayan, Sachidananda Hirananda(1911-87):
Hindi writer, journalist. Jnanpith award, 1978 (Kitni Navom Me Kitni Bar).
- Venkatraman, R.(1910-2009):
President of India, 1987-92. Vice President, 1984-87.
- Venkayya, Pingali(1876-1963):
Indian freedom fighter and the designer of the flag from which Indian national flag was adopted.
Queen of Britain, Empress of India. The monarch with the longest reign in Brotish history(64 years)
- Vivekananda, Swami(1863-1902):
Philosopher, famous for a talk at Chicago conference of world religions in 1893, disciple of Ramakrishna Parammhamsa.
Indian, vaishnava Poet.
W:World’s Great Personalities
- Wagner, Richard(1813-83):
German composer, who made revolutionary changes in the structure of Opera.
- Waldheim, Kurt(1918-2007):
Australian diplomat, president of Austria, 1986. UN Secretary-General, 1972-81.
- Walton, Sam (1918-92):
Owner of Walmart stores chain-world’s leading departmental-store business magnate.
- Wilson, Woodrow(1856-1924):
US President, 1913-21.
X: World’s Great Personalities
- Xavier, Francis(1506-52):
The Spanish missionary who preached in Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the East and introduced Christianity to thousands. Lived in Goa between 1540 and 1552.
- Xerxes (519-465 BC):
King of Persia, 485- 465 BC, a great commander who was assassinated.
- Xiaoping, Deng(1904–97):
Chinese politician rehabilitated in 1977. The country’s senior leader until death.
Y: World’s Great Personalities
- Yadav, Santosh(1969):
An Indo-Tibetan border police officer, the only woman in the world to have climbed the Everest twice(1992,93).
- Yechury, Sitaram(1952):
Indian communist leader (CPI-M), elected as its general secretary in 2015.
- Yew, Lee Kuan(1923):
Became Singapore’s first prime minister in 1959 and held the post for 31 years.
- Yonath, Ada(1939):
An Israeli Crystallographer who dedicated her life towards the study of the structure of ribosome.
Z: World’s Great Personalities
- Zack de la Rocha (1970):
One of the biggest names in alternative music. Widely admired for his passionate political activism and known as rapper, poet, vocalist, lyricist of rap metal band ‘Rage against the Machine’.
- Zuckerberg, Mark Elliot (1984):
American computer programmer and internet entrepreneur. Co-founder of Facebook, of which he is the chairman and chief executive.
- Zola, Emile (1840-1902):
French novelist. L’Assommoir, Nana, Germinal.
- Zoroaster (6 BC):
Persian prophet, founder of Zoroastrianism, a part of Parsi religion. Author of the Holy Book, Zend Avesta.