Wizard of Menlo Park

Thomas Edison and his early phonograph.

Thomas Alva Edison is considered one of the greatest inventors of all time. Through success and failure, Edison strived hard and, as a result, had more than 1,000 patents to his name. From the perceived invention of the light bulb to the ‘War of Currents’, Edison remains one of the most divisive figures in the history of the scientific community.

Daring Woman

Around the world in seventy-two days and six hours - reception of Nellie Bly at Jersey City on the completion of her journey. In Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1890.

Nellie Bly was an inspiration to American women in a time when women did not enjoy many rights. She was adventurous in a time when women did not go on adventures. Had she lived today, she would have been known as a deity. Her story lives on and still captivates dreamers.

God’s Architect

"Artists do not need monuments erected for them because their works are their monuments." – Antoni Gaudí

Most of Antoni Gaudi’s work is categorized as Catalan Modernisme. Park Güell, Palau Güell and the Casa Milà are amongst his most notable exertions. Gaudi worked feverishly for 43-years to design the Sagrada Família, a structure that now dominates the skyline of the Eixample district in Barcelona.

Actor turned President

President Ronald Reagan addresses party-goers assembled in the Rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History's at the Inaugural Ball in January 1981

During his heyday, Ronald Reagan was the emblem for the effort to restore American conservative values, and propagate and integrate these ideals in the constitution through aggressive lawmaking. A cool head on steady shoulders, he survived an assassination attempt and led the country through a period of great turmoil.

First Lady and Pioneer

Eleanor Roosevelt worked with a diverse group of people to charter the fundamental human rights.

Eleanor Roosevelt used her position as the First Lady of New York State and the First Lady of the United States of America to influence politics and advance the cause of equal rights for people of color and the rights of women and the underprivileged.

Father of Modern Political Philosophy

Machiavelli's beloved Florence, where he spent most of his life.

Machiavelli was probably the first politician to organize his thoughts about how a proper and choreographed political philosophy could lead to the success of the state. He introduced the concept of rationalization to ideas previously thought of as subjective.

Simple and Elegant Revolution

Copernicus maps the heavens to find a simple arrangement.

Nicolaus Copernicus made very few astronomical observations in his lifetime. Yet, he was intelligent enough to spot the inconsistencies in the Ptolemaic model of the universe. His proposed model set the earth in motion and placed the Sun at the center of the universe. This simple and correct insight triggered the modern scientific revolution.

Gritty President

President Theodore Roosevelt delivering a speech in Bellows Falls, Vermont, 1 Sep 1902

Theodore Roosevelt led America by the mantra, “The life that is worth living, and the only life that is worth living, is the life of effort, the life of effort to attain what is worth striving for.”

First Humanist

Petrarch initiated renaissance humanism through his passion for classical antiquity.

Petrarch’s passion for classical antiquity fueled his search for Greek and Roman manuscripts. He discovered Cicero’s letters in 1345 and this paved the path towards Renaissance humanism.