Portrait of Jane Austen, from the memoir by J. E. Austen-Leigh (1798-1874).

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The Georgian Dame

Jane Austen is an English Novelist who has authored many famous novels including Pride and Prejudice and Emma. She is considered one of the early feminist writers of the eighteenth century. Her robust female protagonists are still widely discussed among literary experts and undergraduate students.

Marie Curie posing in a laboratory with a grave look.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie is considered one of the most brilliant woman scientists in the 20th Century. She was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel prize in Physics. Her combined efforts with Pierre Curie in the field of radioactivity lead to the discovery of polonium and radium. Marie Curie’s insatiable soul is also accredited with the discovery of radioactive treatments for cancer.

Antoni Gaudi

Park Güell Entrance - shows two houses
“Artists do not need monuments erected for them because their works are their monuments.” – Antoni Gaudí

God’s Architect

Gaudi is known as ‘The God’s Architect’ because of the themes that regularly appear in his works. He designed numerous buildings in the Catalan neighborhood. His best know works are: the Casa Batlló, the Casa Milà, the Park Güell, and of course, La Sagrada Família. Gaudi extensively used the principles of Catenary in his buildings and in doing so, revolutionized the way architects interpret space.

La Sagrada Familia

Not to admire the Sagrada Familia, is an unforgivable offence among art and architecture enthusiasts. Gaudi was well aware that the project could never be completed within his lifetime, and yet, he dedicated his best years to it. If you are ever lucky enough to get the chance to do it, the sheer size of his work will strike you once you step into the main chamber!

A smiling Laura Bush
Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States
Potrait of Nellie Bly
Nellie Bly – “The Pretty Crazy Girl”
President Ronald Reagan smiling, United States flag in the background
President Ronald Reagan
Famous posthumous portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Machiavelli

Machiavelli was a Florentine politician who revolutionized our perspective of Political/Ethical dichotomy. He introduced rationalization to subjective thought, and in doing so, sided with the devil. He is regarded as the first politician who flirted with philosophy and organized his rumblings in the form of a book titled The Prince.


Gandhi clad in khadhi

Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi was instrumental in freeing India from the yoke of British Imperialism. He led India’s civil disobedience movement based on suffering and non-violence. He fought to eradicate untouchability from Indian society and promoted Hindu-Muslim Unity. It is difficult to imagine an India without him and hence he rightly is the ‘Father of the Nation’.


Studio portrait of Louis Pasteur
Louis Pasteur
Thomas Edison in his laboratory posing with his invention - the Light Bulb
Thomas Edison
A serious Sigmund Freud posing for the photograph
Sigmund Frued
Theodore Roosevelt Potrait
Theodore Roosevelt
A photo of a waving Stalin from 1941
Stalin

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt displaying the poster of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Eleanor Roosevelt worked with a diverse group of people to charter the fundamental human rights.

First Lady and Pioneer

Born shy and insecure, Eleanor Roosevelt overcame her struggles in personal life to become one of the most influential women in the 20th century. She used her position in the White House to champion for the rights of the minorities and the poor. Her efforts led to the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

Seeking to Understand

Eleanor Roosevelt lived during a time when international travel was less common, and diversity was not celebrated as widely as it is today. She was, however, determined to understand the cultures and viewpoints of a wide variety of people.