100 most influential people in the world

This is a list chosen by Michael H. Hast, from the book ‘100 most influential people in the world‘. He chose people on a ranking of who had done the most to influence the world.

  1. Muhammad (570 – 632 AD) Prophet of Islam.
  2. Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727) – British mathematician and scientist.
  3. Jesus Christ (c.5BC – 30 AD) Spiritual teacher and central figure of Christianity.
  4. Buddha (c 563 – 483 BC) Spiritual Teacher and founder of Buddhism.
  5. Confucius (551 – 479 BC) – Chinese philosopher.
  6. St. Paul (5 – AD 67) – Christian missionary and one of main writers of New Testament.
  7. Ts’ai Lun (AD 50 – 121) Inventor of paper.
  8. Johann Gutenberg (1395 – 1468) – Inventor of printing press.
  9. Christopher Columbus (1451 – 1506) – Italian explorer landed in America.
  10. Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) German/ US scientist discovered Theory of Relativity.
  11. Louis Pasteur (1822 – 1895) French biologist. Developed cure for rabies and other infectious diseases.
  12. Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642) Italian scientist – confirmed heliocentric view of universe.
  13. Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) – Greek philosopher and polymath
  14. Euclid (c. 325 – 265 BC) – Greek mathematician
  15. Moses (c 1391 – 1271 BC) A key figure of Jewish / Christian history gave 10 Commandments of Old Testament
  16. Charles Darwin (1809 -– 1882) –Scientist who proposed and popularised theory of evolution.
  17. Shih Huang Ti (259 – 210 BC) – King of the state of Qin who conquered and united different regions of China in 221 BC.
  18. Augustus Caesar (63 BC – AD 14) – First Emperor of Rome
  19. Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who believed Sun was centre of Universe – rather than earth.
  20. Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743 – 1794) French chemist and biologist who had leading impact on the chemical revolution.
  21. Constantine the Great (272 AD – 337) Roman Emperor who accepted Christian religion.
  22. James Watt (1736 – 1819) Scottish engineer. Watt improved the Newcome steam engine creating an efficient steam engine
  23. Michael Faraday (1791 – 1867) – English scientist who contributed in fields of electromagnetism and electro-chemistry.
  24. James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) Scottish physicist. Maxwell made a significant contribution to understanding electro-magnetism
  25. Martin Luther (1483-1546) Sought to reform the Roman Catholic Church – starting the Protestant Reformation.
  26. George Washington (1732 – 1799) – Leader of US forces during American Revolution and 1st President of US.
  27. Karl Marx (1818 -– 1883) – German Communist philosopher.
  28. Orville and Wilbur Wright Orville (1871 – 1948) – Wilbur (1867 – 1912) – Created and flew first aeroplane.
  29. Genghis Kahn (1162 – 1227) – Military and political leader of the Mongols.
  30. Adam Smith (1723-1790) Scottish social philosopher and pioneer of classical economics.
  31. William Shakespeare (1564- 1616) English poet and playwright.
  32. John Dalton (1766 – 1844) English chemist and physicist. Made contributions to atomic theory.
  33. Alexander the Great (356 -– 323 BC) – King of Macedonia and military leader.
  34. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 –- 1821) – French military and political leader.
  35. Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931) – Inventor and businessman helped introduce electricity and electric light bulbs.
  36. Antony van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) Dutch chemist – founder of micro-biology.
  37. William T.G. Morton (1819 – 1868) American dentist who pioneered used of anesthetic.
  38. Guglielmo Marconi (1874 – 1937) Italian engineer who helped develop radio transmission.
  39. Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945) – Dictator of Nazi Germany.
  40. Plato (424 –- 348 BC) – Greek philosopher.
  41. Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) – Leader of Parliamentarians in English civil war.
  42. Alexander Graham Bell (1847 – 1922) – Scottish inventor of telephone.
  43. Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) Scottish biologist who discovered penicillin.
  44. John Locke (1632-1704) English political philosopher. Locke promoted theory of liberal democracy and a social contract.
  45. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) German composer of the classical and romantic period.
  46. Werner Heisenberg (1901–1976) German theoretical physicist – one of pioneers of Quantum mechanics
  47. Louis Daguerre (1787–1851) French artist and photographer, who is credited with the invention of the camera.
  48. Simon Bolivar (1783 – 1830) – Liberator of Latin American countries
  49. Rene Descartes (1596 – 1650) French philosopher and mathematician. “I think, therefore I am
  50. Michelangelo (1475 – 1564) Renaissance sculptor, painter and architect
  51. Pope Urban II
  52. ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab
  53. Asoka
  54. St. Augustine
  55. William Harvey
  56. Ernest Rutherford
  57. John Calvin
  58. Gregor Mendel
  59. Max Planck
  60. Joseph Lister
  61. Nikolaus August Otto
  62. Francisco Pizarro
  63. Hernando Cortes
  64. Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) 3rd President of US. Principle author of the US Declaration of Independence.
  65. Queen Isabella I
  66. Joseph Stalin
  67. Julius Caesar
  68. William the Conqueror
  69. Sigmund Freud
  70. Edward Jenner
  71. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen
  72. Johann Sebastian Bach
  73. Lao Tzu
  74. Voltaire
  75. Johannes Kepler
  76. Enrico Fermi
  77. Leonhard Euler
  78. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) – French philosopher, author of Social Contract
  79. Nicoli Machiavelli
  80. Thomas Malthus
  81. John F. Kennedy
  82. Gregory Pincus
  83. Mani
  84. Lenin
  85. Sui Wen Ti
  86. Vasco da Gama
  87. Cyrus the Great
  88. Peter the Great
  89. Mao Zedong
  90. Francis Bacon
  91. Henry Ford
  92. Mencius
  93. Zoroaster
  94. Queen Elizabeth I
  95. Mikhail Gorbachev
  96. Menes
  97. Charlemagne
  98. Homer
  99. Justinian I
  100. Mahavira

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  • Please send me self help materials

  • Yes! You are wright writer!
    I also love MAHAMMAD SL..

  • number one?

    you’ve got to be kidding !!
    holding a knife to somebody’s throat isn’t influence

    soon the descendents of esau will be swept from the earth

    • Check the biography of Muhammad you’ll see why he picked him #1
      Muhammad never killed someone innocent nor did he ever kill old people nor did he ever kill those who surrendered he never burned anyone he only killed those who wanted and tried to kill him that’s called defending yourself

      • Jesus never killed anyone, except he gave his own life to save everyone else from their sins.

  • Muhammad the key of th World

  • Where’s Nelson Mandela?

  • I really admire the writer Michael H.Hast (regardless of his religion),for his courage to write the truth.

  • Hmmmm…..some of the names rightly placed but there are lot jig & jog in d list above. The likes of Bob Marley, Mahatma Ghandi and most importantly Mandela etc are omitted. Pls check ur article verywella

  • Muhammad was influenced by Jesus, so how can he be ahead of him?

    • Because he was the only one successful on both religious and secular affairs while jesus was only influencial on religious circles .

  • Hoping to see another people like them !

  • If u think because Prophet Muhammed was influenced by Jesus, as u believe, and he can not be influential than him. Then what about Aristotle and Plato?

  • Why the flip is Jesus 3rd and mohhanmed 1st

    • Mohamed is first and jesus the second b/c the massenger mohamed if we hear
      we cary for love and isa is also massenger of allah pph but isaak has no position in this article and omar khitab is the third one others are not effective people they are like us

    • Mohamed is first and jesus the second b/c the massenger mohamed if we hear
      we cary for love and isa is also massenger of allah pph but isaak has no position in this article and omar khitab is the third one others are not effective people they are like us

  • no offence by the way

  • The very dates that we look at as subject to the fact of the person number 3 was born. Jesus is 3 with the most printed and influential book in history and being the most known person on planet earth right now and has been for the last 1000 or so years. Jesus/isa/yeshua/yeshu/yahashua. If Jesus actually had Twitter it would have more followers than mr mohammed

  • Mohamed is massenger of the global and jesus(isa) is also massenger ppt but mohamed is the most honor one in the world and the GOD chose him for that believe mohamad and islam you will be the leader of world and paradise don’t believe muslim are not thing correct they are sleeping ones day they will wake up insha allah

  • Muhammad (SAW) is number 1 due to Allah’s will and his succes in introducing the last semitic religion called Islam and delivering the main purpose of the messages to the whole world. By doing so he changed the whole world and its future for good. Muhammed was not only a leader he was also a prophet.

  • very wonderful

  • As Muslim am proud of Prophet Muhammad PBUH SAW.

  • Thanks a lot……there still few peoples who dare to speak even if its against their belief…..

    “Muhammad (S) is not the father of any man among you, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the last (end) of the Prophets. And Allah is Ever All Aware of everything. (Quran, Surah Al-Ahzab:40)”

  • how about Nicola Tesla? Temugen/Genghis Khan? How can Da Vinci be runner-up? how about inventors of indoor plumbing and underground sewage?

  • Your Commentl i do not argue bt i guest this list is based on operational definition of Hast nt a general accepted wrk.Thnx

  • Barrack Obama Is also 1 of them

  • It has to be noted that the list is according to Michael H. Hart. It is very populas in Indonesia and other muslim countries just because Hart put Mohammad in number one, then the book is a good one. If he put Mohammad in number two or the last, then the book is not good, and probably could be banned by some muslims.

  • Excuse me, but there is not evidence that Christopher Columbus was Italian, could be also Spanish or Portuguese. Anyway, the king of Spain was the one who paid the trip and the exploration.

  • Definitely Michael H. Hearts did absolutely hard and good work on this ranking … BUT i think nr.2 should be Jesus and not Isaac Newton , how can Isaac Newton be before Jesus?!

  • -Definitely Michael H. Hearts did absolutely hard and good work on this ranking..BUT i think nr.2 should be Jesus and not Isaac Newton , how can Isaac Newton be before Jesus?!

  • How is Mohammed #1??? He did not invent anything or say anything earth shattering. Jesus has to be because even time is divided on his entry into history. BC/AD. Jesus said, “love your enemies” “pray for those who persecute you” etc etc. Mohammed said nothing to that standard. Time magazine ranked Jesus #1, and rightly so.

    • He actually has said multiple things on that level such as “Killing a life is like killing the whole of humanity and saving a life is like saving the whole of humanity” and “You do not do evil to those who do evil to you, but you deal with them with forgiveness and kindness” and even “The best of you are the ones who are best to the women”. There are so many more if you search for it, brother.

      • Dear read out hadith then u now what beloved prophet Muhammad s.a.w said
        He given respect to women, other religion, and give many thing to today’s time
        That’s why he is called as today’s prophet

    • 🙂 i cant stop laughing on your words.

    • If Jesus said Love your Enemies Prophet Muhammad said, if you sleep with filled stomach while your neighbor is starving you are not believer, look at the existent of love and social care, Jesus said, for those enemies of mine who don’t want me to reign them kill them.
      and Prophet Muhammad pardoned his enemies,

    • Amen, I also was surprised.

  • The name itself ‘Mohammed’ means “the praised one” are mentioned more than all other 99 names collectively every day throughout history .We have at every single mosque in the world where the Athan (call to prayer) 5 times a day the name Mohammed is mentioned. There are more people named after Mohammed than any other name in every single country in the world. Mohammed came with a universal message ‘The Holy Quraan’ that mention all other prophets names , and an entire chapter named after ‘Mother Mary’ / Jonah/Joseph /Abraham /Noah /Hud and Mohammed.
    Please be genuine and honest to yourself and admit that no other name can be remotely compared with the name ‘MOHAMMED’ then what about the character? He was nicknamed by the very people who opposed the message (Quraan) as Al Amien and As Sadiek ‘the truthful and trustworthy.
    This was the the characteristics by which they identified Mohammed.
    Jesus was not the founder of Christianity, but Saul who betrayed Jesus and later became Paul.
    The evidence is the bible itself. You have the gospel according to Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, and not the gospel according to Jesus himself.
    The Quraan is not Mohammeds word , but the word of God.

  • As a Muslim faith with a very good discipline teach by the book of Allah and principles of our dear prophet.am realy grateful the way he become the first of the most imflucials in the book of history.

  • From what I know about Muhammad, I agree 100% that he is most influential person in the books of history

  • as a Christian l believe that Jesus Christ died and rose again..so l don’t see why you should rank Him as one of the people that were influential and died but as my Father who was and still is today

  • No doubt, prophet Mohammad s.a.w, , was sent as the best of human to mankind. .

  • Prophet Muhammad is number one among all those 100 great persons.His name is found on all authentic books of all major religions. Jesus asked his followers to follow him when he arrives.Jesus will become his follower after his 2 nd comming and practise Sharia given by him.prophet Muhammad said that scientist in his pursuit of facts of material things of universe is walking on the path of God.He asked to muslims to do justice to even their opponents and develop the habbit of forgiving their enemies.He gave property rights to women.He Practised what he preached/

  • You’ve forgotten one of the most important people in world history…and a very influential icon to many. Adolf hitler

  • Lol very biased to say the least! Jesus influenced Muhammad! He was first and Islam is based off the Jewish Bible. Do your research. Jesus was a Jew. There are more Christians in the world than any other religion. #facts. Jesus influenced that! God bless

    • Makes sense, tell that guy that doesnt has limited knowledge, he better go back to college

  • Mohammad Sahab (may peace be upon him) is truly the greatest icon of all time. Since Allah has claimed him to be the most influential human than anyone in the world since inception. People other than Muslim who know him well appreciate and follow.

  • This is a big dare to say Muhemmed (s) as most influential person in the world. some people dare to present truth before the world . Michael H. Hart is one of them.

  • But for the ridiculous statement that Isaac Newton is more influential than Jesus, and the crazy insinuation that Gallileo Galilei than Karl Marx , the list is fair.

  • While understanding the list is worldwide and not about the US only, Lincoln and Dr Martin Luther King Jr should be there mid to upper places on this list. How in the world can you have two of biggest men in history for the fight against inequality and justice not make the list and world’s most ruthless dictator Adolf Hitler high as 39? I guess this why evil always has a chance. Too many philosophers-talkers and not enough doers. Not the best list. Oh the inventor on the wheel , the world’s greatest invention not on the list, hmmm.

  • I don’t think that Paul is more influencial than Jesus.

  • It makes sense to put Mohammad at the top at this current time. Islam is currently more influential than Christianity at the moment (for good and/or bad). If this were compiled, say 100 years ago, Christianity would be considered more influential around the world at that time, and Jesus would be at the top. But Christianity has been on the wane for many decades.
    Give it time and Islam will go the same way too. Which will draw us all closer together and be a positive thing.

  • Okay, fair enough, this list is from an American so you have to throw a few of your countrymen in to placate the homeland readers (JFK is priceless) but Thomas Edison? Come on! Every time you plug your phone charger into the socket, thank Tesla not Edison. Oh and what about Tim Berners-Lee? Has anyone changed the entire world as quickly and dramatically?

    • i don’t know why, but i’m with you man. GO TESLA!

    • All modern inventions come from the work and inventions of Thomas Edison! If it were not for the light bulb we would still be using whale blubber or animal fat candles to see at night. And as a matter of fact, Henry Ford also was part of the modern industrialization that became electricity, computers, and cell phones.

  • OK so lets say you are doing a project for school and you have to pick one of the most well known historical people to discuss about. From most of you guys which know witch one to mostly likely pick. Who should I pick and why?

  • Jesus is number 1

    • lol good one

  • Pele,marthin luther king junior, Pope john paul 11 ought to make the list

  • Muhammad at the top of the list.
    such a fair choice of this man.
    Michael H. Hast you nailed it

  • Really? Out of a list of 100, there are 2 women?

  • Ahem, as said in the comments earlier, Muhammed succeeded in both secular and religious accounts, Jesus only religious. You shouldn’t determine how influential one could be by their fame. There have been racists who changed their ways after reading the Quran.

  • Muhammad first before any other person, in fact ,very interesting. The author has made a fair and unbiased ranking,
    Wherever you are, kudos to you.

  • Newton bigger than jesus? That is weird. Simon Bolivar only 48? and what about San Martin?

  • How it’s not Jesus in #1? Jesus is easisy the most famous and influential person of humanity. There is more books, films, paintings, music about him than any other, he’s the central figure of the greatest religion of world, 2000 years of history, 2 billions Christians, 32% of world population, the global calendar, greatest instituition is Catholic Church, how is he behind Newton that lived only in the last 300 years? of even Muhammad? Come on.

  • I must read this book, because being a Non muslim the auther given 1st rank to prophet mohammed pbuh why i don’t know. i must read perfect seerah of prophet.

  • Not trying to be rude but Muhammad and Newton do not deserve to be above Jesus. From a historical point of view and looking at the legacy he left, there’s no doubt he’s the most influential person of all time.

  • This ranking of 100 most influential people in history is fair and transparent without any prejudice and racist as you can see the author is not a muslim. he made a wondeful job, kudos to him

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