Wikipedia 20 most influential people

Wikipedia globe 2In genius rankings, Wikipedia 20 most influential people is 2012 ranking of the world’s most influential people, born (synthesized) before 1950, compiled by Chilean-born American social physicist Cesar Hidalgo—student (Ѻ) of human physics pioneer Laszlo Barabasi (see: HP pioneers)—head of MIT’s Media Lab’s Macro Connections group, based on parameters such as the number of language editions in which that person has a page, and the number of people known to speak those languages. [1]

The top 17 of the Hidalgo 20 can be compared to the top 17 of the Cattell 1000, also shown below, a similar methodology compiled list done famously—it is the backbone to the Cox 300—by American science editor James Cattell in 1894.

The following is the Hidalgo compiled Wikipedia-reach based listing of the world’s most influential people, with the exclusion of the three non-existive religio-mythology aggregate figures; also shown are the top 17 of the Cattell 1000, the Hildago-Cattell combined ranking of names common to both listings, ranked by combined mean of ranking number, and the top 17 of the Hmolpedia citation rankings: [2]



Hild-Catt-Hmol (Combined)
1. Isaac Newton
2. Gandhi
3. Albert Einstein
4. Aristotle
5. Vasco da Gama
6. Leonardo da Vinci
7. Plato
8. Archimedes
9. Mao Zedong
10. William Shakespeare
11. Socrates
12. Karl Marx
13. Michelangelo
14. Nelson Mandela
15. Galileo Galilei
16. Julius Caesar
17. Joseph Stalin

1. Napoleon Bonaparte
2. William Shakespeare
3. Voltaire
4. Francis Bacon
5. Aristotle
6. Johann Goethe
7. Julius Caesar
8. Martin Luther
9. Plato
10. Napoleon III
11. Burke
12. Homer
13. Isaac Newton
14. Cicero
15. John Milton
16. Alexander the Great
17. Pitt

1. Johann Goethe
2. Willard Gibbs
3. Rudolf Clausius
4. Gilbert Lewis
5. James Maxwell
6. Isaac Newton
7. Hermann Helmholtz
8. Ludwig Boltzmann
9. Albert Einstein
10. Charles Darwin
11. Sadi Carnot
12. Ilya Prigogine
13. Henry Adams
13. William Thomson
15. Max Planck
16. Vilfredo Pareto
17. Claude Shannon
1. Aristotle (4.5)
2. William Shakespeare (6.0)
3. Isaac Newton (6.5)
4. Plato (8.0)
1. Isaac Newton (7.0)

The only name common to all three rankings (fourth column), Cattell, Hildago, and Hmolpedia, is Newton, with a tri-list combined ranking of 7.0 in position.

See also
Who was smarter?

1. (a) Medeiros, Joao. (2012). “Infographic: History’s Most Influential People, Ranked by Wikipedia Reach” (Ѻ),, Nov 26.
(b) McDermott, Kerry. (2012). “Jesus, Confucius and Sir Isaac Newton to Wikipedia List of History’s Most Influential People” (Ѻ), MailOnline, Nov 28.
2. Removals: Jesus Christ (#1), Confucius (#2), and Buddha (#16), are the three Aggregate non-existive religio-mythology figures removed from the list, as they were not individual “people”, per se; the first and third, i.e. Jesus and Buddha, being religio-mythology figures, derived largely as extensions from the Imhotep-constructed Heliopolis creation myth theory, the second, i.e. Confucius, being largely a Chinese proverbs attributed aggregate figure, arguably non-existive, similar to other mythological figures, such as: Abraham, Moses, Mohammed, Lao Tzu, etc. (Ѻ)

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