The Greatest Minds in History

Since the dawn of human civilization, history has witnessed the emergence of some truly great minds who have left behind an indelible mark. Outstanding figures across the fields of science, mathematics, philosophy, art, and literature have enriched human history in myriad ways. While some of these great minds have simplified our lives by developing useful technology, some others have contributed to medical science, enabling us to live healthier lives. And we also have to credit the great philosophical minds for helping us seek answers to questions about life. Check out our list of the greatest minds in history.

Birthday: 15 February 1564
Born In: Pisa, Italy
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died On: 08 January 1642
Famous As: Astronomer
Italian astronomer, physicist, and engineer Galileo Galilei was also widely considered a polymath. Owing to his tremendous contributions to science, he has been called the "father of the scientific method" and the “father of modern science”. Some of his views were considered controversial during his lifetime.

Birthday: 15 April 1452
Born In: Anchiano, Italy
Sun Sign: Aries
Died On: 02 May 1519
Famous As: Polymath
An Italian polymath who lived during the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci remains a much-revered figure to date owing to his contributions to the fields of science, technology, and art. He is best known for painting Mona Lisa, the most popular portrait ever made.

Birthday: 384
Born In: Stagira, Greece
Died On: 322
Famous As: Philosopher
Greek philosopher and polymath Aristotle lived during the Classical period. He wrote on many subjects, including physics, biology, zoology, economics, politics, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, and theater. His works had a strong influence on contemporary and later philosophers. He was the founder of the Lyceum and the Peripatetic school of philosophy.

Birthday: 470
Born In: Athens
Died On: 399
Famous As: Philosopher
Regarded as one of the founders of Western philosophy, the Greek philosopher Socrates is unarguably one of the greatest minds to have ever existed. He had a profound influence on philosophers in later antiquity and the modern era. He is among the most widely known figures in the Western philosophical tradition.

Birthday: 04 January 1643
Born In: Woolsthorpe Manor, United Kingdom
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died On: 31 March 1727
Famous As: Mathematician
English mathematician, physicist, and astronomer Isaac Newton is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time. He was a key figure in the scientific revolution. He formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation and also played a major role in the development of the infinitesimal calculus.