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Hart's Top 10 (from the 1992 edition)

RankNameTime FrameImageOccupationInfluence
1Muhammadc. 570–632Mohammad SAV.svgSecular and religious leaderThe central human figure of Islam, regarded by Muslims as a prophet of God and the last messenger. Also active as a social reformerdiplomatmerchantphilosopheroratorlegislatormilitary leader, humanitarian, philanthropist.
2Isaac Newton1643–1727GodfreyKneller-IsaacNewton-1689.jpgScientistEnglish physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian. His law of universal gravitation and three laws of motion laid the groundwork for classical mechanics.
3Jesus Christ7–2 BC – 26–36 ADStJohnsAshfield StainedGlass GoodShepherd Face.jpgSpiritual leaderThe central figure of Christianity, revered by Christians as the Son of God and the incarnation of God. Also regarded as a major prophet in Islam.
4Buddha563–483 BCBuddhaShakyamuni-author-Yaska.pngSpiritual leaderSpiritual teacher and philosopher from ancient India. Founder of Buddhism and is also considered a Gautama Buddha in Hinduism.
5Confucius551–479 BCConfucius the scholar.jpgPhilosopherChinese thinker and social philosopher, founder of Confucianism, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced ChineseKoreanJapanese, Vietnamese and Indonesian thought and life.
6Paul of Tarsus5–67 ADEl Greco - Saint Paul head.jpgChristian apostleOne of the most notable of early Christian missionariescredited with proselytizing and spreading Christianity outside of Palestine (mainly to the Romans) and author of numerous letters of the New Testament of the Bible.
7Cài Lún50–121 ADCai-lun.jpgPolitical official in imperial ChinaWidely regarded as the inventor of paper and the papermaking process.
8Johannes Gutenberg1398–1468Gutenberg.jpgInventorGerman printer who invented the European mechanical printing press.
9Christopher Columbus1451–1506Christopher Columbus.PNGExplorerItalian navigator, colonizer and explorer whose voyages led to general European awareness of the American continents.
10Albert Einstein1879–1955Einstein 1921 portrait2.jpgScientistGerman-born theoretical physicist, best known for his theory of relativity and specifically mass–energy equivalence, expressed by the equation E = mc2.



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