View Poll Results: Who was the most influential person in the 20th century?

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  • Henry Ford

    7 11.48%
  • Albert Einstein

    20 32.79%
  • Norman Borlaug

    3 4.92%
  • The Wright Brothers

    5 8.20%
  • Deng Xiaoping

    2 3.28%
  • Joseph Stalin

    4 6.56%
  • Franklin Roosevelt

    6 9.84%
  • Jonas Salk

    0 0%
  • Vint Cerf

    0 0%
  • Other (please name below)

    14 22.95%
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    Re: Most influential people of the 20th century

    Another person I forgot to add, but who probably belongs in the top 10, is Fritz Haber.

    The Haber process is important today because the fertilizer generated from ammonia is responsible for sustaining one-third of the Earth's population.[5] It is estimated that half of the protein within human beings is made of nitrogen that was originally fixed by this process, the remainder was produced by nitrogen fixing bacteria and archaea.[6]

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    Re: Most influential people of the 20th century

    Quote Originally Posted by lunchbox View Post
    Ronald Reagan. He brought America's greatest threat to its knees, and unlocked the door to my better half in the process.
    I'd credit Mikhail Gorbachev with bringing about the collapse of the USSR
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    Re: Most influential people of the 20th century

    Though he was infuential in a negative way, I'd also add William J. McCarthy to that list.

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    Re: Most influential people of the 20th century

    Quote Originally Posted by evangambit View Post
    I'd credit Mikhail Gorbachev with bringing about the collapse of the USSR
    Yeah, I'll give partial credit to Gorbachev. Good point.

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    Re: Most influential people of the 20th century

    Norman Borlaug, hands down.
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    Re: Most influential people of the 20th century

    Francis Crick and James Watson--discoverers of DNA.

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    Re: Most influential people of the 20th century

    Barack Hussein Obama. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and health care revisionist.
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    Re: Most influential people of the 20th century

    John Browning was the single most influential man in the 20th century. In 1911, while working for the Springfield Armory, he developed the first fully functional semi-automatic handgun, which we still refer to as a 1911. He went on to develop many other firearms including the Browning Authomatic Rifle (BAR). His inventions have been expanded on and incorporated into other firearms for decades and have been some of the most utilized tools in the last century.

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    Re: Most influential people of the 20th century

    Quote Originally Posted by lunchbox View Post
    Barack Obama. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and health care revisionist.
    This poll is about the 20th century. And in any case, Obama's accomplishments are mostly limited to the US. I tend to automatically disqualify people for that reason, unless they accomplished an insane amount of things. And although it's still too early to render a verdict on Obama's influence on history, I doubt he rises to that standard.
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    Re: Most influential people of the 20th century

    Quote Originally Posted by lunchbox View Post
    Barack Hussein Obama. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and health care revisionist.
    Another nut job obsessed with the President's middle name. And, btw, you need to learn what century he's president in. He really didn't have much impact on the 20th century, now did he?

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