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The Most Important 'K' People
People by Surname
"Who might be the most important people with 'K' names in history? Well, the following ten individuals certainly are candidates. Please let me know if you agree and...read on!"
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Living during the 8th and 9th centuries A.D. and born Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa, this shadowy figure of Arab history is known, along with Diophantus, as the 'father of algebra'. What was his nickname?
Grandson to Genghis Kahn, Kublai Khan became master of his grandfather's empire in 1259 A.D. Twenty years later, he completed the destruction of the Sung dynasty in China and became emperor of the middle kingdom. What was the title of Kublai's dynasty in China?
What are the first and middle names of early 20th century British economist Keynes, upon whose theories many a modern government now operates its fiscal and tax policies?
Johannes Kepler is certainly one of the top five most important astronomers in human history. The set of three laws that bear his name are mostly concerned with which of these topics?
Composition of interstellar matter
Behavior of light
Working out of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad), this genius was important both in the realms of philosophy and of science. Who was this German idea-man whose first great work, 'Critique of Pure Reason', wasn't issued until his mid-50s?
Scottish physicist Lord Kelvin was a key contributor in several fields of physics, including thermodynamics and electromagnetism. Kelvin, however was not his surname, but rather his aristocratic title. What was his given name?
Which scientist first identified the ring-like structure of the basic organic compound known as 'benzene' in 1865, and hence is sometimes referred to as the 'father of organic chemistry'?
Lots of Germans on this list! Gustav Robert Kirchhoff was a 19th century physicist best known for his work in which field?
Doctrine of energy
He was the second emperor of the Qing (Manchu) Dynasty, and longest reigning in Chinese history. Born Xuan-Ye, by what reign title did he rule China from 1661-1722?
Last but certainly not least, Martin Luther King, Jr. was, without a doubt, one of the great leaders of American history. Through his peaceful resistance to embedded racism in the United States, he helped achieve advances for African Americans. In which U.S. city was MLK, Jr. born?
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