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
- 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.
Leonardo da Vinci
St. Thomas of Aquinas
Who are yours?