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    Interesting question:

    If your going to list the people who you admire most in your lifetime, who are they? And why do you admire them?

    They can be popular personalities, deceased persons, your friends, family, the intellectual professor in your class, the old man you see everyday, the composer who make you hum everyday and anyone! What qualities do you admire them? Do you want to have those qualities? Why do you admire them?

    In my case, these are my most admired persons..

    1. Gregor Johann Mendel (1822-1884)

    - Austrian monk and geneticist. Father of Genetics. I came up with Mendel's life in my Biology class and ever since, I've admired this man. You have to be a great genius when you study and crossed 20,000 plants in 8 years! Even though his ideas were not accepted during his time, the rediscovery of his pionerring work in 1900's made him, one of the most important men in Science.

    2. Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)


    - Dutch painter, considered as one of the greatest painter in history. van Gogh was always poor and he suffered from mental illness. In fact, he only sold one painting in his lifetime. But, amidst of all these, he created some of the most beautiful and expressive painting in the modern era.

    3. Franz Kafka
    (1883-1924)

    - German-Jewish writer, one of the most important in 20th century. Ever since, I've read Kafka's Metamorphosis and The Trial, my admiration to this great man never cease. His literature is an important part of my being, and the nightmarish depiction of his stories, suits my temperament.

    4. Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828)

    - Austrian composer, the Father of Lieder. I've joined TalkClassical because I want to discuss the work of Schubert. Schubert, in my estimation, is the greatest of Post-Classicists. He is important on the development of my appreciation to classical music. He died poor and penniless (his family can't even afford to pay the funeral), but his shadow in the Romantic era can never be denied. In my opinion, his death at the age of 31, is the greatest loss in music. Perhaps, my kinship with him stems for my being Romantic.

    5. Marie Curie (1867-1934)

    - Polish-French physicist and winner of two Nobel Prize. If your going to ask me, who will be the person I've wanted to talk to, Marie Curie will top my list. Madame Curie, is the special kind of genius. A woman, who is determined to face all the obstacles as a woman in a scientific world. It's ironic, that the cause of her death, is the thing she was known for : discovering Radioactivity.

    Special mentions:

    Albert Einstein
    Nelson Mandela
    Leonardo da Vinci
    St. Thomas of Aquinas


    Who are yours?
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    In classical music, Dmitry Shostakovich.

    In popular music, Bob Dylan.

    In politics, Mikhail Gorbachev.

    In science, Alfred Wegener (originator of the theory of continental drift).

    I'll post some in other fields later, if I can think of any.

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    I might think of some more later, but for science I'd definitely go for Charles Darwin - the originator of the greatest idea ever, with the most thrilling consequences to our knowledge and perception of ourselves.

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    Jesus Christ, for obvious reasons.

    Mozart, for being the greatest genius known to man.

    Cervantes, for writing the greatest book.

    Michaelangelo, for being an incomparable artist, poet, sculptor, architect...

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    For Theology: John Calvin. There have been many great theologians in history, but he was the greatest (in my opinion).
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    Queen Victoria - for presiding over the greatest Empire the world has ever seen

    Pope John Paul II - for being the greatest religious leader in living memory

    Winston Churchill - for being the greatest political leader in this country's greatest hour of need

    Charles Dickens - for being the greatest novelist and story teller ever

    Franz Schubert - for being the most touching of the greatest composers

    Admiral Lord Nelson - for sorting out the French, and dying in the process

    Sir Thomas More - for placing God before King

    Margaret Thatcher - for restoring credibilty to the UK's international image after years of decline

    David Ricardo - for being one of the greatest and most influential classical economists

    Sir Isaac Newton - for his enormous contributions to science and mathematics

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    William F. Buckley - the father of the modern American conservative movement

    Jesus Christ - seems obvious

    Joseph Smith - prophet of the restoration

    Thomas Jefferson - for his too often forgotten ideas on the role of limited government

    Humphrey Bogart - one of the greatest leading men the silver screen has ever known

    Johann Sebastian Bach - a man that so perfectly wedded his incomparable music genius to his love of God

    Mother Teresa - because I am amazed at how much just one person could give of herself to the poor

    Ronald Reagan - changed the landscape of American politics, and proved false the claim that conservative principles couldn't win elections

    Benjamin Franklin - an incredible individual who was a genius in too many ways to keep track

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toccata View Post
    Queen Victoria - for presiding over the greatest Empire the world has ever seen

    Pope John Paul II - for being the greatest religious leader in living memory

    Winston Churchill - for being the greatest political leader in this country's greatest hour of need

    Charles Dickens - for being the greatest novelist and story teller ever

    Franz Schubert - for being the most touching of the greatest composers

    Admiral Lord Nelson - for sorting out the French, and dying in the process

    Sir Thomas More - for placing God before King

    Margaret Thatcher - for restoring credibilty to the UK's international image after years of decline

    David Ricardo - for being one of the greatest and most influential classical economists

    Sir Isaac Newton - for his enormous contributions to science and mathematics

    Toccata, you are going to be shocked, so brace yourself - but I actually like your list.

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    What are those obvious reasons for Jesus. I mean you know for a fact he did exist?
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    *says to self a thousand times over, "do not come back to this thread, do not come back to this thread, do not come back to this thread"*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polednice View Post
    I might think of some more later, but for science I'd definitely go for Charles Darwin - the originator of the greatest idea ever, with the most thrilling consequences to our knowledge and perception of ourselves.
    Yea, the Apeman!!!


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    The unknown man who, seeing an ugly red animal that looked like an overgrown scorpion - a lobster - first thought: "I bet I can crack that thing open and eat it, and I bet it's quite tasty."

    Edit - actually, a brownish animal. They turn read once they're cooked. Since I am in the habit of eating them only *after* they've been cooked, I kept the wrong color in my mind.
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    *takes notes*

    Thatcher and Reagan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saul
    Yea, the Apeman!!!
    Well, colour me suprised. I thought you'd be a big Darwin fan.

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    Not in any particluar order.

    Leonardo da Vinci - for his amazing foresight and ideas

    Sir Isaac Newton

    Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz - philosopher and mathematician

    Joseph-Louis Lagrange - astronomer and mathematician

    David Ricardo - classical economist

    Charles Darwin

    John Maynard Keynes - neoclassical (macro)economist

    Deng Xiaoping - leader of China first responsible for beginning the process of improving the economic standard of living for the largest population on the planet in modern times

    Joseph Stalin - a murderous tyrant for transforming a peasant economy into the space age and for contribution in destroying Nazi Germany

    George Frideric Handel - arguably the first independent and cosmopolitan composer in the modern sense of the words

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    Quote Originally Posted by Argus View Post
    *takes notes*

    Thatcher and Reagan.



    Well, colour me suprised. I thought you'd be a big Darwin fan.
    Yes, I like his fictional adaptations, almost as interesting as Tolkien.

    Science fiction at its best...

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