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MrBlueSky1960
01-19-2008, 09:59 AM
Could be anyone, from any time... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Mine, Nikola Tesla... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

foxyboy1964
01-19-2008, 10:11 AM
From any time?...got to be Jesus, surely.

Swivet
01-19-2008, 10:13 AM
Originally posted by MrBlueSky1960:
Could be anyone, from any time... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Mine, Nikola Tesla... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Yes Tesla. Too bad Thomas Edison and Bell stole his idea's and exploited them. We wouldn't be using oil at all..But, I would have to say Martin Luther King and JFKennedy, Ghandi, Amelia Earhart...Just to name a few http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

BrotherVoodoo
01-19-2008, 10:21 AM
Yes Tesla. Too bad Thomas Edison and Bell stole his idea's and exploited them. We wouldn't be using oil at all..But, I would have to say Martin Luther King and JFKennedy, Ghandi, Amelia Earhart...Just to name a few
Great start, I'll throw Albert Einstein in. 1999 Time Magazine voted him person of the century. Arguably the best physicist ever.

georgeo76
01-19-2008, 10:26 AM
Johannes Gutenberg

MEGILE
01-19-2008, 10:30 AM
Charles Darwin.

Blood_Splat
01-19-2008, 10:38 AM
Jenna Jameson

arthursmedley
01-19-2008, 10:38 AM
Gorbachov and Reagan....or Marie Stopes.

F0_Dark_P
01-19-2008, 11:18 AM
Originally posted by Blood_Splat:
Jenna Jameson

lol!

+1

Dance
01-19-2008, 11:19 AM
My mother http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Seriously.. Winston Churchill. (Booze, cigars and Gallipoli aside.)

zardozid
01-19-2008, 12:07 PM
Really(?)...really? Now where getting into the battle of the sexes! ...really?!?

Friendly_flyer
01-19-2008, 12:08 PM
Newton, Darwin, Flemming or Einstein, can't really decide who.

stathem
01-19-2008, 12:16 PM
Turing.

Insuber
01-19-2008, 12:38 PM
Cristoforo Colombo

jensenpark
01-19-2008, 12:39 PM
Churchill?

Reagan/Thatcher/John Paul 2

LEBillfish
01-19-2008, 12:49 PM
Good lord....have I stumbled upon the higher thinking MS FS forum?.....Ok, I'll be the zoo animal for you guys.

James Bond (The real ones Connery and Brosnan)
Captain Kirk
Hugh Hefner

Naturally Chuck Norris and David Hasselhoff for you true IL2 beasts... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Dance
01-19-2008, 01:10 PM
Originally posted by jensenpark:
Churchill?


Without him, where would the aircraft carrier called Britain have came from and all subsequent events.

Darwin would have been burnt (EDIT: His books anyway) and unless it went *bang* Einstein ignored http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

Dance
01-19-2008, 01:22 PM
Originally posted by LEBillfish:
Good lord....have I stumbled upon the higher thinking MS FS forum?.....Ok, I'll be the zoo animal for you guys.

James Bond (The real ones Connery and Brosnan)
Captain Kirk
Hugh Hefner

Naturally Chuck Norris and David Hasselhoff for you true IL2 beasts... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

That's your contribution, hmm, the only one worthy of the MS FS tag http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Bearcat99
01-19-2008, 01:24 PM
Jesus Christ,Johannes Gutenberg

Xiolablu3
01-19-2008, 01:27 PM
Da Vinci seems a pretty incredible dude, totally scientific while the world around him was Gods and Witches...

stalkervision
01-19-2008, 01:37 PM
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohandas_Gandhi

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2c/Gandhi_studio_1931.jpg/200px-Gandhi_studio_1931.jpg

Gandhi practised and advocated non-violence and truth. Many later protestors and movements have copied his ideas including Martin Luther King..

ytareh
01-19-2008, 02:21 PM
There wouldnt be much of a modern world but for that Russian hero,(Colonel?) Petrov who guessed that the warning of an incoming US nuke strike was a false alarm back in the 1980s...Shame he got dismissed rather than decorated .I think theres a movie about him coming out this year hopefully he will get the recognition he deserves finally.

huggy87
01-19-2008, 03:57 PM
the dude who created penicillin.

JSG72
01-19-2008, 04:11 PM
Sadly?
My Noms. Would be:

Bruce Willis.
Saddam Hussein,
George Bush. and
Tony Blair
Along with anyone, who will be deemed the "Next Tabloid Messiah".


Oh and forgot to say:

"Anyone who doesn't read this Forum but probably takes up 99.99786% of the Worlds population" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

dangerlaef
01-19-2008, 04:16 PM
Gottlieb Daimler (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gottlieb_Daimler)

blairgowrie
01-19-2008, 04:29 PM
For me personally?

Quazi.

bun-bun195333
01-19-2008, 04:43 PM
William Shockley

Monterey13
01-19-2008, 04:46 PM
Oleg Maddox...lol

Al Gore thinks he should be nominated. After all, he DID invent the internet...haha.....NOT!

Blutarski2004
01-19-2008, 04:53 PM
Originally posted by Swivet:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MrBlueSky1960:
Could be anyone, from any time... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Mine, Nikola Tesla... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Yes Tesla. Too bad Thomas Edison and Bell stole his idea's and exploited them. We wouldn't be using oil at all..But, I would have to say Martin Luther King and JFKennedy, Ghandi, Amelia Earhart...Just to name a few http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


..... Tesla IIRC originally worked for Edison, but they argued over alternating versus direct current as the future of electricity. Edison thought Tesla was crazy to advocate alternating current since at the time there was no such thing as an alternating current motor and no one believed it possible to develop one. Tesla quit Edison, went out on his own, and invented the alternating current motor and generator. He then sold his AC patent rights to Westinghouse, While he was busy changing the face of the world, he also developed the foundations of radio telegraphy. Marconi infringed upon something like 16 Tesla patents. Tesla pursued Marconi himself and later the Marconi firm in civil court and won.

Tesla worked on other experimental projects related to electricity that modern science still has not fully understood - his work out in Colorado remains an intriguing mystery.

A genius in the purest sense of the word.

slipBall
01-19-2008, 05:04 PM
I submit the "gipper" Ronald Reagan...the 40th president of the United States...rip

fordfan25
01-19-2008, 05:24 PM
Originally posted by huggy87:
the dude who created penicillin. yea thats one of the first things i thought of. i would say JC but the thread was for the modern world. of course Henry FORD ranks up there hehehe

ARCHIE_CALVERT
01-19-2008, 05:35 PM
Tesla... Yes, patron saint of modern electricity, the Wizard of Wardenclyffe, Scientist, Visionary, Inventor, the man who invented the 20th Century... Sadly though, his lack in practical, economic and personal judgement made him easy prey for his so called partners...

Read Wizard The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla By Marc J. Seifer and The Man Who Invented The Twentieth Century By Robert Lomas

Nobody has yet metioned the Wright Brothers or for that matter Mr Whittle and who can forget Mr Ford... Oh dear how soon we forget...

ARCHIE_CALVERT
01-19-2008, 05:37 PM
Doh! Strike that last remark... Fordfan beat me to it...

MalaKa911
01-19-2008, 05:44 PM
Jesus Christ?
Why not Santa Claus then.

leitmotiv
01-19-2008, 06:19 PM
Voltaire (and the Enlightenment). The entire skeptical, secular, scientific, liberal (in the classic sense) mindset of the modern age is his contribution.

http://www.alcoberro.info/imatges/Voltaire.jpg

b2spirita
01-20-2008, 03:25 AM
Durkheim, Marx and Weber

WN_Barbarossa
01-20-2008, 03:40 AM
You won't like the answer, but seriously:
Adolf Hitler
The modern world as we know it is still the aftermath of WW2.

MEGILE
01-20-2008, 03:45 AM
Originally posted by stalkervision:
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohandas_Gandhi

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2c/Gandhi_studio_1931.jpg/200px-Gandhi_studio_1931.jpg

Gandhi practised and advocated non-violence and truth. Many later protestors and movements have copied his ideas including Martin Luther King..

He was also Vehemently racist towards blacks. strange but true.

MEGILE
01-20-2008, 03:47 AM
Originally posted by huggy87:
the dude who created penicillin.

Good call.
The discovery was made by accident like a lot of things of science. Magnificent it remains though.

Klemm.co
01-20-2008, 05:37 AM
Originally posted by WN_Barbarossa:
You won't like the answer, but seriously:
Adolf Hitler
The modern world as we know it is still the aftermath of WW2.
I'm with you on that one. Just think of how the world would look today without the sped-up development and inventions of WW2.

woofiedog
01-20-2008, 06:53 AM
I'd have to say... Brigitte Bardot.

She helped with keeping things up & going during the roughest on times. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/54/039_68526~Brigitte-Bardot-Posters.jpg

ViktorViktor
01-20-2008, 09:23 AM
Whoever it was who made the internett available for public use.

huggy87
01-20-2008, 09:56 AM
Originally posted by ViktorViktor:
Whoever it was who made the internett available for public use.

That would be Al Gore.

knightflyte
01-20-2008, 10:59 AM
Jonas Salk was the inventor of Pennacillin.

jensenpark
01-20-2008, 11:10 AM
Originally posted by huggy87:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ViktorViktor:
Whoever it was who made the internett available for public use.

That would be Al Gore. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

No, no, no...Al Gore CREATED the internet. And discovered America, the genome, fire, and beat Chuck Norris in a fight. Or so he claims...

stalkervision
01-20-2008, 11:28 AM
http://www.thenation.com/covers/alfredw/alfredw.jpg

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

XyZspineZyX
01-20-2008, 01:02 PM
Originally posted by ytareh:
There wouldnt be much of a modern world but for that Russian hero,(Colonel?) Petrov who guessed that the warning of an incoming US nuke strike was a false alarm back in the 1980s...Shame he got dismissed rather than decorated .I think theres a movie about him coming out this year hopefully he will get the recognition he deserves finally.

I had never heard of him so went for a little read (http://www.globaljusticealliance.com/board/archive/index.php/t-247.html).

You know i am not sure whats scarier, that it nearly happened (which frankly given the scale of the situation at the time i suppose i would be more surprised had it not) or that i didnt know who he was. I was just starting secondary school when this happened and despite many of my school subjects covering the cold war i never knew about this.

Well i do now, that being the case i would have to second your choice http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

jarink
01-20-2008, 02:42 PM
Depends on what you define as "the modern world". If you mean consumerism gone mad over the past 40+ years, then my vote would be for Ron Popeil (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Popeil).

Seriously, where would we be today without the Mr. Microphone ("Hey, good looking, we'll be back to pick you up later!") and the Pocket Fisherman?

All yours for the low, low price of $19.95!!!

http://www.mikeysoft.com/all_stuff_good/images3/mvc-224s.jpg

http://greentreegazette.com/uploads/Mr.-Microphone-solo.jpg

Friendly_flyer
01-20-2008, 11:23 PM
Originally posted by ms-kleaneasy:
I had never heard of him so went for a little read (http://www.globaljusticealliance.com/board/archive/index.php/t-247.html).

Thanks for the link!

I spent most of my teenage years in the 80'ies, living with the constant fear of something like that (but without Petrovs cool head) at the back of my mind.

willyvic
01-21-2008, 12:05 AM
Yuri Gagarin. The catalyst that drove the world superpowers to technilogical advancements. Without the intense competition his achievement fueled we very likely would not be interacting in this forum at this time.

WV

jadger
01-21-2008, 12:09 AM
no contest: Franz Beckenbauer, no one could beat that man on or off the football pitch. Hell, he single-handedly invented a new position (the sweeper position). Plus, he's always been a ladies man. nothing can top that, put away your phony physics and politics, nothing can beat the almighty football.