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Terry Pratchett
# 51
#157 overall influence
Terry Pratchett

1948 - 2015 (67 years)

English fantasy author

Marie Curie
# 52
#99 overall influence
Marie Curie

1867 - 1934 (67 years)

Polish-French physicist and chemist

John Steinbeck
# 53
#164 overall influence
John Steinbeck

1902 - 1968 (66 years)

American writer

Osama bin Laden
# 54
#161 overall influence
Osama bin Laden

1957 - 2011 (54 years)

Saudi Arabian founder of al-Qaeda

Erwin Schrödinger
# 55
#140 overall influence
Erwin Schrödinger

1887 - 1961 (74 years)

Austrian physicist

Enrico Fermi
# 56
#169 overall influence
Enrico Fermi

1901 - 1954 (53 years)

Italian physicist

Martin Luther King Jr.
# 57
#156 overall influence
Martin Luther King Jr.

1929 - 1968 (39 years)

American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement

Pierre Bourdieu
# 58
#177 overall influence
Pierre Bourdieu

1930 - 2002 (72 years)

French sociologist, anthropologist, and philosopher

Robert A. Heinlein
# 59
#179 overall influence
Robert A. Heinlein

1907 - 1988 (81 years)

American science fiction author

Margaret Mead
# 60
#178 overall influence
Margaret Mead

1901 - 1978 (77 years)

American anthropologist

Carl Sagan
# 61
#172 overall influence
Carl Sagan

1934 - 1996 (62 years)

American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator

Margaret Atwood
# 62
#183 overall influence
Margaret Atwood

1939 - Present (81 years)

Canadian writer

Ayn Rand
# 63
#181 overall influence
Ayn Rand

1905 - 1982 (77 years)

Russian-American novelist and philosopher

Mircea Eliade
# 64
#191 overall influence
Mircea Eliade

1907 - 1986 (79 years)

Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer and philosopher

Marshall McLuhan
# 65
#193 overall influence
Marshall McLuhan

1911 - 1980 (69 years)

Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communications theorist

Stephen King
# 66
#192 overall influence
Stephen King

1947 - Present (73 years)

American author

Gabriel García Márquez
# 67
#194 overall influence
Gabriel García Márquez

1927 - 2014 (87 years)

Colombian writer, journalist and Nobel laureate in literature

Edmund Husserl
# 68
#72 overall influence
Edmund Husserl

1859 - 1938 (79 years)

German philosopher, known as the father of phenomenology

Ezra Pound
# 69
#153 overall influence
Ezra Pound

1885 - 1972 (87 years)

American poet and critic

Rosalind Franklin
# 70
#190 overall influence
Rosalind Franklin

1920 - 1958 (38 years)

British chemist, biophysicist, and X-ray crystallographer

Paul Dirac
# 71
#197 overall influence
Paul Dirac

1902 - 1984 (82 years)

Theoretical physicist

Steven Spielberg
# 72
#196 overall influence
Steven Spielberg

1946 - Present (74 years)

American film director, screenwriter, producer, video game designer, and studio entrepreneur

Franz Kafka
# 73
#101 overall influence
Franz Kafka

1883 - 1924 (41 years)

Bohemian novelist and short story writer

Ursula K. Le Guin
# 74
#201 overall influence
Ursula K. Le Guin

1929 - 2018 (89 years)

American writer

Saul Bellow
# 75
#204 overall influence
Saul Bellow

1915 - 2005 (90 years)

Canadian-American writer

Toni Morrison
# 76
#205 overall influence
Toni Morrison

1931 - 2019 (88 years)

Afro-American writer

Roger Ebert
# 77
#203 overall influence
Roger Ebert

1942 - 2013 (71 years)

American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter

Graham Greene
# 78
#206 overall influence
Graham Greene

1904 - 1991 (87 years)

English writer, playwright and literary critic

Maurice Wilkins
# 79
#210 overall influence
Maurice Wilkins

1916 - 2004 (88 years)

New Zealand-born English physicist and biologist

Franz Boas
# 80
#58 overall influence
Franz Boas

1858 - 1942 (84 years)

German-American anthropologist

Talcott Parsons
# 81
#213 overall influence
Talcott Parsons

1902 - 1979 (77 years)

American sociologist

Douglas MacArthur
# 82
#188 overall influence
Douglas MacArthur

1880 - 1964 (84 years)

U.S. Army general of the army, field marshal of the Army of the Philippines

Thomas Mann
# 83
#149 overall influence
Thomas Mann

1875 - 1955 (80 years)

German novelist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate

Ronald Fisher
# 84
#195 overall influence
Ronald Fisher

1890 - 1962 (72 years)

British statistician, evolutionary biologist and geneticist.

Sydney Brenner
# 85
#222 overall influence
Sydney Brenner

1927 - 2019 (92 years)

South African biologist, Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine 2002

Daniel Dennett
# 86
#225 overall influence
Daniel Dennett

1942 - Present (78 years)

American philosopher

Steven Pinker
# 87
#226 overall influence
Steven Pinker

1954 - Present (66 years)

Psychologist, linguist, author

Max Delbrück
# 88
#233 overall influence
Max Delbrück

1906 - 1981 (75 years)

Biophysicist

Kurt Vonnegut
# 89
#239 overall influence
Kurt Vonnegut

1922 - 2007 (85 years)

American writer

John Bardeen
# 90
#240 overall influence
John Bardeen

1908 - 1991 (83 years)

American physicist and engineer

Paul Samuelson
# 91
#243 overall influence
Paul Samuelson

1915 - 2009 (94 years)

American economist

Theodosius Dobzhansky
# 92
#221 overall influence
Theodosius Dobzhansky

1900 - 1975 (75 years)

Geneticist and evolutionary biologist

Eugene Wigner
# 93
#251 overall influence
Eugene Wigner

1902 - 1995 (93 years)

Hungarian-American mathematician and Nobel Prize-winning physicist

Steve Jobs
# 94
#237 overall influence
Steve Jobs

1955 - 2011 (56 years)

American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple Inc.

Thomas Kuhn
# 95
#246 overall influence
Thomas Kuhn

1922 - 1996 (74 years)

American historian, physicist and philosopher

Rush Limbaugh
# 96
#253 overall influence
Rush Limbaugh

1951 - Present (69 years)

American radio talk show host, commentator, author, and television personality

Ajit Pai
# 97
#248 overall influence
Ajit Pai

1973 - Present (47 years)

American attorney and FCC chairman in the United States

Pablo Picasso
# 98
#200 overall influence
Pablo Picasso

1881 - 1973 (92 years)

Spanish artist

D. H. Lawrence
# 99
#174 overall influence
D. H. Lawrence

1885 - 1930 (45 years)

English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter

Thomas Pynchon
# 100
#270 overall influence
Thomas Pynchon

1937 - Present (83 years)

American novelist