1000 Years. 1000 People; IT'S THE ULTIMATE AND MOST CONTROVERSIAL LIST OF THE MILLENNIUM: 1000 PEOPLE WHO, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, HAVE CHANGED HISTORY IN THE PAST 1000 YEARS. IT WAS AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK, BUT OF ALL THE CONTENDERS, WE FINALLY PUT THE DISCOVERER OF PENICILLIN, SCOTSMAN SIR ALEXANDER FLEMING, ON TOP .. BECAUSE WITHOUT HIM SO MANY OF US WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN HERE TO GREET THE NEW MILLENNIUM
(1881-1955) Scottish biologist who discovered penicillin in 1928, paving way for antibiotics. Received Nobel Prize in 1945.
(1818-1883) German social, political and economic theorist who inspired the growth of modern international communism.
Celebrated English playwright. Many of his works were performed at the court of Queen Elizabeth 1.
Austrian composer. A child prodigy at four who went on to write masterpieces such as The Marriage Of Figaro
(1879-1955) German-Swiss-American physicist who discovered theory of relativity in 1905. Won 1921 Nobel prize for physics.
(1879-1953) Russian dictator and ruler of former Soviet Union during World War II. Millions died under his tyrannical regime.
English naturalist who originated theory of evolution by natural selection. Wrote The Origin Of The Species in 1859.
Leader of Mongol hordes, crushed the Tartars in 1202, rampaged across Europe and central Asia to make vast empire.
(1871-1937) New Zealand-born British scientist, pioneer of sub-atomic physics and most famous for splitting
Biologist who, with Francis Crick, helped discover and determine the structure of DNA. Won Nobel Prize in 1962.
(1930-) US astronaut, first person to set foot on Moon in 1969, declaring: "This is one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind."
Mao Tse Tung
(1893-1976) Architect of People's Republic of China and Chinese Communist Party. Inspired 1966 Cultural Revolution.
(1869-1948) Indian political and religious leader, formulated policy of non-violent opposition to British rule in 1920.
(1889-1945) German dictator whose thirst for power led to World War 2 and the death of 30 million people, including six million Jews.
(1828-1910) Swiss philanthropist who inspired foundation of Red Cross after seeing the plight of wounded
at Solferino in 1859.
(1483-1546) German leader of Reformation who challenged the traditional teachings of the church, founding the Protestant faith.
astronomer and founder of modern astronomy who proved that the sun was at centre of the universe
Sir Isaac Newton
(1642-1727) British scientist who discovered gravity. His three laws of motion formed basis for development of modern
Italian astronomer, mathematician and philosopher. Convicted of heresy because of his revolutionary statements.
(1942-) English theoretical physicist, lauded for his extensive research into the Big Bang theory and so-called black holes.
21. John Donne, C16th English poet
22. Marconi, Italian physicist
23. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone
24. Nelson Mandela, South African leader
25. John Lennon, singer and composer
26. Muhammad Ali, boxing champion
27. Queen Victoria
28. Queen Elizabeth I
29. Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor