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Biographies of people who made a difference and shaped our world. Short profiles for children on men and women who changed our world with path breaking ideas and actions. Personalities include statesmen, leaders, political thinkers, inventors, scientists, artists, writers, actors, sports persons and achievers.


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Rosa Parks: The First Lady of Civil Rights

Rosa Parks: The First Lady of Civil Rights

Rosa Parks (1913-2005): It might seem alien to you today, but in 1950’s America, discrimination was protected and enforced by the state. One of the key ways this was done was by segregation. African Americans were told where they could eat, where they could go to school, where they could live, and where they could be buried. The effort and sacrifice of one young woman to fight against this injustice made her an international icon and earned her the title, “the first lady of civil rights”....

Michelangelo: The Greatest Artist in Human History

Michelangelo: The Greatest Artist in Human History

Michelangelo (1475 – 1564): More than 500 years ago a young artist studied dead bodies, even went through their organs, and their muscles and bones, so that he could turn a block of white marble into the shape of a living, breathing man. That young man was an Italian sculptor and painter Michelangelo. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, best known as Michelangelo was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet. His work has deeply influenced Western Art and he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century given the sheer volume of his work....

Michael Farday: The Self-Educated Inventor

Michael Farday: The Self-Educated Inventor

Michael Faraday (1791 - 1867) Is it possible to become one of the most influential scientists in history without a formal education? In the case of Michael Faraday, the answer would be an absolute yes. Our world is full of big and small electric motors. And we owe Faraday for discovering the principles of electromagnetism that led to the first electric motor. Faraday’s main contributions were within the study of electromagnetism and the relationship between electricity and chemical change....

Marie Stopes: A Guiding Light For The Women of England

Marie Stopes: A Guiding Light For The Women of England

Marie Stopes (1880 – 1958): Nearly 100 years ago, one woman took it upon herself to help women take control of their own bodies. To decide whether they wanted children, and when they wanted children. At a time when it was looked down upon, Marie Stopes helped a generation of English women safely discuss sex, pregnancy, and birth control. Birth control refers to methods of preventing a pregnancy. Abortion is a medical procedure that ends a pregnancy....

Buckminster Fuller: A Scholar, a Scientist and an Inventor

Buckminster Fuller: A Scholar, a Scientist and an Inventor

Buckminster Fuller (1895 – 1983): Imagine if you were a scientist, working in the freezing South Pole. You would be staying in a curious, dome-like structure that must be capable of standing up to strong winds and blizzards. It is likely that you would be staying in a Geodesic dome. The Geodesic dome is one of the many inventions of Richard Buckminster Fuller. It originated from an elegantly simple idea. Fuller understood that the triangle is an extremely stable shape....

Florence Nightingale: The Lady With A Lamp

Florence Nightingale: The Lady With A Lamp

Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910) Today, it is common knowledge that female nurses play an important role in treating patients. However, this was not always the case. Florence Nightingale helped build the reputation of nurses as we know it today. She was a social worker, statistician and founder of modern nursing. Nightingale used to train nurses during the Crimean war and would often treat soldiers under the cover of darkness. This led to English society giving her the title, The Lady With A Lamp....

Ada Lovelace, The Mother of Computing

Ada Lovelace, The Mother of Computing

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852): When you use your device, remember that Ada Lovelace was the first person to write a computer program. She is widely regarded as the first person to recognize the full potential of computers. She wrote the first algorithm ever. Ada Lovelace was born on the 10th of December, 1815 to the famous poet Lord Byron and his wife Lady Byron. Her parents named her Augusta Ada Byron. Her parents separated soon after she was born....

William Shakespeare: The Father of The English Language

William Shakespeare: The Father of The English Language

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616): “Neither here nor there”, “with bated breath”, “vanish into thin air”… Words we use today, but they were written by one very talented writer nearly 500 years ago. The English language as we know it today owes a lot to William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer in the English language and the greatest playwright to have ever lived. Born on the 26th of April 1564, his complete works include 39 plays and 154 sonnets....

J.K. Rowling: Casts a reading spell on children in the era of digital media

J.K. Rowling: Casts a reading spell on children in the era of digital media

Joanne Kathleen Rowling (1965 - ): J.K. Rowling is the author of the most widely sold book series in all of history. Her fantasy novels are about the story of a boy, Harry Potter. He is an English orphan who is given admission to a school of magic, exclusively for wizards and witches. Rowling’s Harry Potter series takes us into the world of magic as Harry and his friends fight the source of evil in their world, Lord Voldemort....

B.R. Ambedkar: Father of the Indian Constitution

B.R. Ambedkar: Father of the Indian Constitution

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891 – 1956): The slogan “Jai Bhim” is a salute to the man who spent his life fighting for the rights of the weakest citizens of India. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar is remembered as the father of the Indian Constitution. The Constitution of India is a guiding light for the values that should govern India. After independence, the responsibility of leading the task of writing the Constitution was given to Ambedkar. He was India’s first Minister of Law and Justice and fought tirelessly against social discrimination of India’s poorest minority class....

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