A History of People


Except for three gaps, the following nineteen people were alive in each other’s lifetime; Thomas Aquinas, William of Ockham, Leonardo da Vinci, Elizabeth I of England, William Shakespeare and Isaac Newton, however, could not have actually met, they were merely alive in the same century. Together, these nineteen people cover almost a thousand years of history.

1. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)
2. William of Malmesbury (c. 1095-c. 1143)
3. Frederick Barbarossa (1122-1190)
4. Genghis Khan (c. 1162-1227)
5. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

6. William of Ockham (c. 1285-1347)
7. Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400)
8. Henry V of England (1387-1422)
9. Johannes Gutenberg (1398-1468)
10. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

11. Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603)
12. William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

13. Isaac Newton (1643-1727)
14. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
15. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
16. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
17. Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
18. Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
19. Stephen Hawking (1942-)

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5 thoughts on “A History of People

  1. What I’ve always found incredibly coincidental, is that authors and philosophers Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) and Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) never met, yet there were some amazing parallels in their lives.

  2. Interesting. My main goal with this post was to create awareness for the fact that a room filled with twenty-or-so people could span a thousand years of history.

  3. Yes, I understood that, but when you mentioned people who were alive in the same century who never met, it reminded me of Dostoyevsky and Nietzsche – I didn’t miss the point, I merely supplemented it.

    I take it you meant to say, “My main goal….

  4. Yes, I meant main, silly me.” – I could have overlooked it, but where would the fun have been in that?

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