Famous dead people have left the world a record of uncommon exploits, history changing inventions, inspiring and heroic acts, and discoveries that leave us awestruck. George Bernard Shaw said, “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” The accomplishments left by the following famous dead people made their dreams a reality.
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931). Instead of lighting a candle to chase away the darkness, Edison invented incandescent lighting or the light bulb, and to spread the joy of music he invented the phonograph. Edison, in his lifetime is credited with patenting over a thousand inventions.
- Dr. Michael DeBakey (1908-2008). Dr. DeBakey implanted the first artificial heart in a human being in 1966. The beauty of the mechanics of the heart became the life science of Dr. DeBakey, and humanity is the beneficiary of his hard work and dedication.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955). Einstein was a visionary physicist, scientist, and thinker. Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1921, and his name and accomplishments are acknowledged worldwide.
- Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727). Newton was truly a Renaissance man. A mathematician, physicist, philosopher, theologian, alchemist, inventor, and astronomer, is one of the most important and influential persons in history. Newton invented the reflecting telescope, and formulated the laws of motion.
- Harriet Tubman (1820-1913). Tubman, a former slave herself is the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, leading over 70 slaves to freedom from the South to the North during the United States Civil War period. Tubman was so successful in her exploits that the South offered $40,000 reward for her capture.
- Alexander Fleming (1881-1955). Fleming is the Scot credited with the invention of penicillin. The biologist also won the Nobel Prize in Medicine 1945.
- Rob Gauntlett (1987-2009). The exploits of this young man include being the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, travelled from the North Pole to the South Pole utilizing only physical strength and natural power. Gauntlett, died on January 10, 2009 from injuries sustained in a fall while climbing Mont Blanc.
- W. Mark Felt (1913-2008). Felt is the FBI agent also known as Deep Throat, the self-admitted Watergate informant who leaked information to Washington Post reporter, Bob Woodward. The news story about illegal political activities brought down the presidency of former President Richard M. Nixon in 1974.
- Michael Jackson (1958-2009). The death of Jackson occurred on the same day another world famous entertainer died; both Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died on June 25, 2009. Jackson was preparing for a European tour later in 2009. Jackson’s singing career spanned four decades that began as a member of the singing group the Jackson 5, and then went on to have a successful solo career.
- Alexsandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008). Solzhenitsyn, is the Russian author who opened up the world of the Gulag, or the Soviet labor camp system, to the world. Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1970.
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe,”so said Anatole France. These famous dead people acted, dreamt, planned, and believed, and did great things.