Driven by his brilliant intellect but unrecognized in his time, Nikola Tesla’s quest to “illuminate the whole Earth” took him from the village of Smiljane to New York City, granting humankind countless inventions that continue to shape our world.
William Shakespeare, the poet and playwright, started his career as an “upstart crow” but ended it 25 years later having produced a body of work so cosmic in its scope that his legacy will last forever.
Woody Allen is a prominent actor, writer, director, and Native New Yorker, who is famous for his paradoxical and dark-themed storylines. His best-known films are Annie Hall, Cafe Society, Irrational Man, and Blue Jasmine. He has been at the center of numerous controversies involving Mia Farrow, Allen’s ex-partner, and two of her daughters.
As the Cold War peaked in the 1960s, the charismatic president John F Kennedy led America amidst escalating tensions in Vietnam and Cuba. His presidency was cut short when he was assassinated, yet he ranks highly among all presidents.
Some say mischievously that Rembrandt ‘invented’ the selfie because of his prolific output of self-portraits. In addition to a huge and varied oeuvre, the painter chronicled his life in the 17th century Dutch Republic through a series of nearly 100 self-portraits. Flicking through them, chronologically, is like watching a time-lapse video of the aging and changing process. It shows that, despite the many and various reversals he suffered, Rembrandt was true to a lifelong artistic vision.
Billy Graham is one of the most influential people in the history of the United States. As an evangelical priest, he served as the spiritual adviser to several former U.S. Presidents. He enkindled countless people to Christianity. Likewise, he was one of the first persons to break the segregation barriers declaring that racial prejudice is a sin.
Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock n Roll, is known for her covers of Honky Tonk Women and Proud Mary, and originals such as What’s Love Got to Do With It. A young girl with a difficult upbringing to her tumultuous marriage to Ike Turner and many health scares, she fought through it all to transform into a world-renowned diva.
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 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.