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    Christopher Wren, Architect   Christopher Wren, Architect
Christopher Wren is best known as the architect of St. Paul's Cathedral and other London churches, but his first love was science and mathematics. During the first part of his career he worked as an astronomer. The Royal Observatory at Greenwich, whi...
 
    William Stukeley, Stonehenge Investigator   William Stukeley, Stonehenge Investigator
William Stukeley was an English antiquarian who pioneered the archaeological investigation of the prehistoric monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury, work for which he has been remembered as "probably... the most important of the early forerunners of th...
 
    Alexander Pope, Poet   Alexander Pope, Poet
Alexander Pope is considered one of the greatest English poets of the eighteenth century. Born to a Roman Catholic family in 1688, Pope was educated mostly at home, in part due to laws in force at the time upholding the status of the established Chur...
 
    Voltaire, Author and Philosopher   Voltaire, Author and Philosopher
François-Marie Arouet, better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade. Voltaire was a prolific writer...
 
    William Hogarth, English Painter   William Hogarth, English Painter
William Hogarth was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist who has been credited with pioneering western sequential art. His work ranged from realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of...
 
    Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father USA   Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father USA
Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and dipl...
 
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Writer, Philosopher   Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Writer, Philosopher
As a brilliant, undisciplined, and unconventional thinker, Jean-Jacques Rousseau spent most of his life being driven by controversy back and forth between Paris and his native Geneva. Rousseau first attracted wide-spread attention with his prize-winn...
 
    Frederick II of Prussia, The Great   Frederick II of Prussia, The Great
Frederick the Great was the Hohenzollern King of Prussia from 1740 to 1786 and is regarded as one of the "enlightened despots" of 18th century Europe. He was highly educated and built his government as a model of efficiency, creating the first modern...
 
    Denis Diderot, Editor of the Encyclopédie   Denis Diderot, Editor of the Encyclopédie
Diderot is best remembered as the general editor of the Encyclopédie (Encyclopedia) and as one of its main contributors. The project absorbed most of his energies from 1750 to 1772. Conceived initially as a translation of the Chambers Cyclopaedia, th...
 
    Casanova, World's Greatest Lover   Casanova, World's Greatest Lover
Giacomo Girolamo Casanova. The myth of the world's greatest lover comes largely from Casanova's own pen - a 12-volume autobiography documents his seductions in extensive detail. Casanova toured the cities of Europe and seemed to be able to turn his...
 
    George Washington, 1st US President   George Washington, 1st US President
On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. "As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a P...
 
    James Watt, Engineer   James Watt, Engineer
James Watt's improvements in 1769 and 1784 to the steam engine converted a machine of limited use, to one of efficiency and many applications. It was the foremost energy source in the emerging Industrial Revolution, and greatly multiplied its product...
 
    Joseph Banks, Patron of the Natural Sciences   Joseph Banks, Patron of the Natural Sciences
Sir Joseph Banks was an British naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences. He took part in Captain James Cook's first great voyage (1768–1771). Banks is credited with the introduction to the Western world of eucalyptus, acacia, mimosa,...
 
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German poet, novelist, playwright, courtier, and natural philosopher, one of the greatest figures in Western literature. Throughout his life Goethe was interested in a variety of studies and pursuits. He made important discoveries in connection with...
 
    Marquis de La Fayette, Lafayette   Marquis de La Fayette, Lafayette
Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de La Fayette was a French aristocrat and military officer. La Fayette is considered a national hero in both France and the United States for his participation in the American and French revolutions. In 2002, he was posthum...
 
     

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