Who Are Some Notable People in History?

Jesus, Napoleon, Muhammad, William Shakespeare and Abraham Lincoln are ranked as the top five significant people in history by Steven Skiena and Charles B. Ward in their book “Who's Bigger?: Where Historical Figures Really Rank.” Skiena and Ward adopted a data-driven ranking system to rank many notable people from history.

Skiena and Ward agree that the system they have used is not foolproof and the ranking may not be absolutely accurate, but they are confident that most selections are reasonable and will be agreeable by majority of the people. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Alexander the Great, Adolf Hitler, Albert Einstein and George Washington are some other prominent names that feature in the top 100.

Napoleon Bonaparte was a French political and military leader. From 1804 to 1814 and again in 1815, he served as the Emperor of French. He played a major role in the French Revolution. He won most of the wars that he was part of and controlled the majority of the continental Europe. He was finally defeated in 1815.

The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln served as the president from March 1861 to April 1865. He was the president during the Civil War and played a major role in preserving the Union and abolishing slavery. He also strengthened the federal government and modernized the economy. He was assassinated on April 15, 1865.