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The Most Important 'S' People
People by Surname
"Here are my nominations for the ten most influential individuals in history whose names begin with 'S'. The selections for this quiz were very difficult...see if you agree with the choices made here!"
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This Austrian physicist won a Nobel Prize for Physics in 1933 because of his very significant contribution to quantum mechanics. Which of these individuals is described here?
Carl Wilhelm Scheele
Perhaps the founder of the Greco-Roman tradition of thought was Socrates, a 5th century luminary of ancient Athens. Which of the following is not true about Socrates?
He was tried and found guilty of heresy and corrupting the youth of Athens
He fought in several battles during the Peloponnesian War
He was the teacher of Aristotle, another philosophical great
No writings by Socrates exist
Known as the founder of the pro-choice movement in the United States, Margaret Sanger also pioneered the introduction of birth control methods, especially for poor women. What was Sanger's profession?
Several years before Galileo made his famed experiments involving falling bodies, this Dutch philosopher performed similar experiments disproving Aristotle's assertion that heavier bodies fall faster than light ones. Who was this fellow, relatively unknown to us today?
Also known as the Bhagavatpada Acharya, this late 8th, early 9th century Indian philosopher revived Hinduism at a time when it was struggling with Buddhism for supremacy in much of south Asia. What was this enlightened individual's name?
Often called the 'Father of Economics', Adam Smith was an intellectual giant of the 18th century. In which country was Mr. Smith born?
If Adam Smith is the 'Father of Economics', William Shakespeare might well be called the 'Father of Modern English Literature'. This great of the late 16th, early 17th century is enjoyed by millions of literature lovers throughout the world. What is the proper term for this love of William Shakepeare's literature?
Unfortunately, sometimes bad guys make lists of important and influential people. Case in point, Joseph Stalin, the dictator who ruled the Soviet Union with an iron fist for nearly 30 years. Born Josif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, he chose the name 'Stalin' as a sign of strength. What does the name Stalin mean?
Man of steel
This man was the first president of Indonesia, and the founder of the Indonesian state. What was the name of this key figure in the history of that country?
Probably the first genuine 'emperor' in history was this monarch, who united Mesopotamia under his rule in approximately 2335 B.C. What was his name?
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