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  1. AndyW

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    As a spin-off of the BBC TV poll "Great Britons" "1.8 million Germans" voted theirs:

    1. Konrad Adenauer
    2. Martin Luther
    3. Karl Marx
    4. Sophie und Hans Scholl
    5. Willy Brandt
    6. Johann Sebastian Bach
    7. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    8. Johannes Gutenberg
    9. Otto von Bismarck
    10. Albert Einstein

    Nazi celebrities were not votable out of obvious political correctness. :D

    I was pretty surprised to see Conny making it and Herr Marx at #3, well...of course those kind of polls are always biased to contemporary celebrities in history.

    full top 100 http://www.zdf.de/ZDFde/download/0,1896,2001035,00.pdf

    Cheers,

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  2. Friedrich

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    I'd have to do a lot of research to find out my countrIES top 10... Because I'd have to include France's top 10, Germany's and even Spain's and Mexico's... That's the disadvantage of having lived in so many countries... :rolleyes: :D

    But I'm sure France's 1st would be Napoléon! :D
     
  3. Kai-Petri

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    Did not find a vote on this but some famous Finns here:

    G.C von Mannerheim

    Alvar Aalto ( architect )

    Akseli Gallen-Kallela ( painter )

    Jean Sibelius ( composer )

    Renny Harlin ( Filmmaker )

    Ville Valo ( HIM )

    Martti Ahtisaari ( ex-president )

    Urho Kekkonen ( ex-president )

    Mika Häkkinen ( F1 )

    Kimi Räikkönen ( F1 )

    Paavo Nurmi ( long distance runner )

    Ari Vatanen ( rally driver )

    Jari Litmanen ( footballer )

    and more

    http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/List-of-famous-Finnish-people
     
  4. KnightMove

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    For Austria, the very fluent borders and changed citizenships cause a problem. For example:

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (has never been Austrian citizen, as Salzburg was not part of Austria at that time)

    Rainer Maria Rilke (poet; did live in Bohemia, today: Czech Republic)

    Willhelm Steinitz (chess World Champion - dito)

    Andreas Hofer (successful resistance leader against Napoleon in Tyrol - from Southern Tyrol, which was raped by Italy in WW1 :mad: )

    Jochen Rindt (F1 World Champion - born in Germany)

    Ludwig van Beethoven (dito)

    Arnold Schwarzenegger (Austrian, made career in the USA)

    Ado... no, let's forget this guy, some complete loser in Austria who made a small career in Germany. [​IMG]
     
  5. Friedrich

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    Besides, Knight, you forgot about the most famous of all Austrians (born in Braunau)... Ooops! He did his political carerr in Germany too! :D [​IMG]
     
  6. KnightMove

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    Friedrich spoiled the joke... :rolleyes: [​IMG]
     
  7. Friedrich

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    Remarkable Spanish characters:

    - Marcus Ulpius Trajanus
    - Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, 'El Cid Campeador'
    - Jaume I, 'The Conqueror'
    - Carlos I, Karl V
    - Felipe II
    - Hernán Cortés
    - Francisco Pizarro
    - Lope de Vega
    - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    - San Ignacio de Loyola
    - Diego Velázquez
    - Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
    - Francisco de Goya
    - José Otrega y Gasset
    - Miguel de Unamuno
    - Pablo Picasso
    - Salvador Dalí
    - Antonio Gaudí
    - Manuel Azaña
    - Francisco Franco Bahamonde
    - Juan Carlos I

    Remarkable French characters

    - Vincingetorix
    - Charlemagne
    - Jean d'Arc
    - Jean Armand du Plessis, Duque de Richelieu
    - Louis XIV
    - Charles de Poquelin, Molière
    - René Déscartes
    - Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Brède et de Montesquieu
    - Jean Jacques Rousseau
    - Marie Joseph Paul Motier, Baron de La Fayette
    - Jean Marie Arouet, Voltaire
    - Denis Diderot
    - Aléxandre Dumas
    - Victor Hugo
    - Charles Baudelaire
    - Blaise Pascal
    - Napoléon I
    - Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, Charles XIV
    - Napoléon III
    - Arthur Rimbaud
    - Louis Pasteur
    - Éduard Manet
    - Paul Gaugin
    - Claude Monet
    - Pierre de Coubertin
    - Jean Paul Sartre
    - Georges Clemenceau
    - Léon Blum
    - Charles De Gaulle
    - François Miterrand

    And I'm sure there's a ton more...
     
  8. Friedrich

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    This is because I hadn't got the point until now... [​IMG] :rolleyes:
     
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    Top 20 Scots-
    Robert the Bruce-King 1306-27
    William Wallace-Guardian of Scotland 1297-1305
    John Knox-Leading light of the Reformation.
    Robert Burns-Poet etc
    Adam Smith-18th century Economist
    David Hume- " " Philosopher
    James Watt-Refiner of Trevithicks's Steam Engine
    Alexander Fleming-Discoverer of Penicillin
    John Logie Baird-Inventor of Tv
    Alexander Graham Bell-Inventor of the Telephone
    James Dunlop-Inventor of the Vulcanised Rubber Process, and Pneumatic Tyres
    John McIntosh-Inventor of the rubberised raincoat
    John McAdam-Inventor of the tarring process for roads
    Henry Campbell-Bannerman-British PM 1907-11
    Robert Watson-Watt-Co-Developer of Radar
    The Barnwell Bros-Early Flight Pioneers, and winners of the first round Britain air race c.1909
    Sir Walter Scott-Literary Giant
    Field Marshall The Earl Douglas Haig!
    James "Paraffin" Young-Inventor of the process of extracting oil from Shale
    HRH Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
    That'll do-don't want to brag too much! :D
    Regards,
    Gordon
     
  10. Eisenhower

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    Historian,
    You'd be suprised to hear that I'm related to Alexander Fleming. ;)
     
  11. GRW

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    Ike,
    Not really-the Scottish Diaspora is almost as big as the Irish and Jewish ones!
    Which side is he on, and do you have any records/artefacts relating to him? Be interested to hear.
    Forgot to mention one other famous Scot:Argento-Coxos. He was a Caldonian chieftain killed by the Romans at the battle of Mons Graupius in AD 84, and the first Scot to appear in the historical record.His name means "Silver-Foot".
    Regards,
    gordon

    [ 04. December 2003, 01:58 PM: Message edited by: The_Historian ]
     
  12. KnightMove

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    Coooool! I'm a great fan of James Bond! ;) :D [​IMG]
     
  13. J Penn

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    American (and Philadelphian [​IMG] ) Charles Goodyear discovered Vulcanization in 1844, when Dunlop was only four years old. Unless you mean a specific manufacturing process?

    Also, the first pneumatic tire was patented in 1845 by a Robert William Thomson (not certain of his nationality)

    http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bltires.htm
     
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    Some famous Swedes in no particular order:

    - Alfred Nobel; Inventor (dynamite)
    - Ingrid Bergman; Actress (Casablanca)
    - John Ericsson (1); Inventor, telecom
    - John Ericsson (2): Inventor, ironclad "Monitor"
    - Greta Garbo; Actress
    - Ingmar Bergman; Director (game of chess against Death anyone?)
    - Astrid Lindgren; Writer (Pippi Longstockings and more)
    - Björn Borg; Tennis player
    - ABBA; ie Annifrid, Björn, Benny & Agnetha
    - Raoul Wallenberg; Diplomat
    - Gustavus Adolphus; King, Thirty-year war
    - Charles XII; King
    - Max von Sydow; Actor (Exorcist and many others)
    - Carl von Linné/Carolus Linnaeus; Inventor of current method of naming, ranking, and classifying organisms
    - Anders Celsius; physicist
    - Anders Ångström; physicist
    - Hans Blix; Diplomat
    - Folke Bernadotte; Count and diplomat
    - Dag Hammarsköld; UN Secretary General
    - Gustavus Vasa; King
    - Cristopher Polhem; "The Da Vinci and Archimedes of mechanical engineering"

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  15. Friedrich

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    Aren't you forgetting Juisi Björling, the great tenor? (In case he wasn't Finnish) :rolleyes: :confused:
     
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    JPenn,
    Robert William Thomson was a Scot(!)who invented the first vulcanised rubber pneumatic tyre, but it wasn't practical. John Dunlop developed the first practical one in 1888 for his son's bike, and spawned an entire industry.
    Regards,
    Gordon
     
  17. Martin Bull

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    Kai - how could you leave Keke Rosberg out of your list ?? :rolleyes: ;)
     
  18. Kai-Petri

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    You´re correct, Martin!

    Keke Rosberg definitely deserves a place up there.

    BTW, Martin, we might see some interesting races a few years from now on as the kids are entering the scene: Nico Rosberg, Lauda´s son, Piquet´s son and some other famous kids....

    :D

    And unfortunately Ecclestone gets all the money unless he´s kicked the bucket by then...
     
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    I was at Keke's first F1 victory - makes me feel ancient ...! :(
     
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