Pantheon

Find out who the most famous people in history are using Pantheon, a website created by the MIT Media Lab. There are lots of ways to search and to browse the site and the history covers everything from 4000 BC to 2010. To find out how they gathered the data, look at their methods page. This site is fun to browse, it could be a good starting point for a research project, and it can also inspire you to think about methods of obtaining ranking statistics and what “famous” means.

Here are just a few things I discovered after spending a short time browsing the site:

More than 16% of the globally known activists in history have been from the US. Only one made the list from Japan. Can you guess who it was? I found this in the Visualizations section –> Treemaps –> by Domain (Activism)

Activists

21% of the globally known people born in Japan are/were politicians. But the most famous person worldwide who was born in Japan is … can you guess? (Hint: he was a poet.) I found this in the Visualizations section –> Treemaps –> by Place of Birth

Born in Japan

Aristotle is the most famous person (known worldwide) in history. And all of the top 10 are men, all except one (Leonardo da Vinci) of whom were born in the centuries B.C. The first woman on the list is … can you guess? (Hint, she was also born in the centuries B.C. and she’s known for her beauty, among other things.) I found this in the Rankings section –> by People –> all domains

People rankings

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