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1/31/2014 (10 months ago)

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Napoleon and the prophet Muhammad come in at second and third place, respectively

What do Jesus, Napoleon and the prophet Muhammad are the top most researched figures on the Internet in human history, according to recent online study. Jesus was by far the most popular, with Napoleon and Muhammed coming in second and third place, respectively.

A new analysis of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia's three million pages has revealed Jesus, Napoleon and Muhammed as the three most researched figures.

A new analysis of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia's three million pages has revealed Jesus, Napoleon and Muhammed as the three most researched figures.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/31/2014 (10 months ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: WikiPedia, Jesus Christ, Napoleon, Muhammed, research


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Computer scientists Steven Skiena and Charles B. Ward studied the Wiki pages of more than 800,000 people to arrive at a list of the world's most important figures.

A new analysis of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia's three million pages has revealed Jesus, Napoleon and Muhammed as the three most researched figures.

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Using a "ranking algorithm," both ward and Kiena looked at the length of a person's Wikipedia page, how many times it was read and the number of links from the pages of other major figures.


The rankings were also compared against public opinion polls, Hall of Fame voting records, sports statistics, and the prices of paintings and autographs.

Other figures who ranked among the top ten include the bard William Shakespeare, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and the philosopher Aristotle.

"Who's Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank," a new book based on these new findings includes separate rankings for artists and literary figures.


The top pre-20th century artist is Leonardo da Vinci, with Michelangelo at number two and Raphael at number three. Vincent van Gogh topped the list for the modern-era artists with Picasso second and Monet third.

The highest ranked literary figure is Shakespeare, followed by Charles Dickens and then Mark Twain.

The highest ranking female figure was Queen Elizabeth at 13th place, just two spots behind her father Henry VIII.



The top 50 historical figures were:

1. Jesus

2. Napoleon

3. Muhammad

4. William Shakespeare

5. Abraham Lincoln

6. George Washington

7. Adolf Hitler

8. Aristotle

9. Alexander the Great

10. Thomas Jefferson

11. Henry VIII of England

12. Charles Darwin

13. Elizabeth I of England

14. Karl Marx

15. Julius Caesar

16. Queen Victoria

17. Martin Luther

18. Joseph Stalin

19. Albert Einstein

20. Christopher Columbus

21. Isaac Newton

22. Charlemagne

23. Theodore Roosevelt

24. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

25. Plato

26. Louis XIV of France

27. Ludwig van Beethoven

28. Ulysses S. Grant

29. Leonardo da Vinci

30. Augustus

31. Carl Linnaeus

32. Ronald Reagan

33. Charles Dickens

34. Paul the Apostle

35. Benjamin Franklin

36. George W. Bush

37. Winston Churchill

38. Genghis Khan

39. Charles I of England

40. Thomas Edison

41. James I of England

42. Friedrich Nietzsche

43. Franklin D. Roosevelt

44. Sigmund Freud

45. Alexander Hamilton

46. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

47. Woodrow Wilson

48. Johann Sebastian Bach

49. Galileo Galilei

50. Oliver Cromwell

Numbers 51-100 included:

51. James Madison

52. Gautama Buddha

53. Mark Twain

54. Edgar Allan Poe

55. Joseph Smith, Jr.

56. Adam Smith

57. David, King of Israel

58. George III of the United Kingdom

59. Immanuel Kant

60. James Cook

61. John Adams

62. Richard Wagner

63. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

64. Voltaire

65. Saint Peter

66. Andrew Jackson

67. Constantine the Great

68. Socrates

69. Elvis Presley

70. William the Conqueror

71. John F. Kennedy

72. Augustine of Hippo

73. Vincent van Gogh

74. Nicolaus Copernicus

75. Vladimir Lenin

76. Robert E. Lee

77. Oscar Wilde

78. Charles II of England

79. Cicero

80. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

81. Francis Bacon

82. Richard Nixon

83. Louis XVI of France

84. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

85. King Arthur

86. Michelangelo

87. Philip II of Spain

88. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

89. Ali, founder of Sufism

90. Thomas Aquinas

91. Pope John Paul II

92. Ren Descartes

93. Nikola Tesla

94. Harry S. Truman

95. Joan of Arc

96. Dante Alighieri

97. Otto von Bismarck

98. Grover Cleveland

99. John Calvin

100. John Locke

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