Top 10 Important People Who Were Forgotten: Unveiling Hidden Heroes

Top 10 Important People Who Were Forgotten

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It’s simple for the contributions of unsung heroes to go unnoticed in a world where celebrity culture and social media influencers predominate. These individuals, who paved the way for new ideas and shaped our society, deserve to be remembered and celebrated. This article reveals the top 10 important people who were forgotten.

  • From scientists and activists to artists and thinkers, these hidden heroes have shaped our world in often overlooked ways.
  • They may not yet have millions of followers or starred in blockbuster movies, but their impact must be considered.
  • Their groundbreaking discoveries, ideas, and relentless fight for justice have shaped the world as we know it today.
  • Join us as we journey through history to shine a spotlight on these remarkable individuals.
  • Discover the hidden figures behind our favorite inventions, the unsung heroes of social change, and the brilliant minds that shaped our culture.
  • It’s time to unveil the forgotten influencers who have shaped our world for the better.

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RankNameBirth yearDeath Year
1.Hypatia of Alexandria350 A.D.415 AD
2.Rosalind Franklin19201958
3.Ida B. Wells18621931
4.Émilie du Châtelet17061749
5.Bayard Rustin19121987
6.Mary Anning17991847
7.Gregor Mendel18221884
8.Henrietta Lacks19201951
9.Édith Piaf19151963
10.Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner18581935

10 Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner

A famous person

lived from 1858 until 1935

Top 10 Important People Who Were Forgotten

Neoplatonist philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer Hypatia lived in Alexandria, Egypt, then part of the Eastern Roman Empire. The famous Alexandrian philosopher taught astronomy.

BornHypatia Bradlaugh
31 March 1858
Hackney, London, England
Died25 August 1935 (aged 77)
Tooting, London, England

09 Édith Piaf

Famous musician

lived from 1915 until 1963

Top 10 Important People Who Were Forgotten

Édith Piaf is famous for her cabaret and modern chansons. She is one of the most famous 20th-century artists and the most beloved French soprano.

Birth nameÉdith Giovanna Gassion
Also known asLa Môme Piaf
(The Little Sparrow)
Born19 December 1915
Paris, France
Died10 October 1963 (aged 47)
Plascassier, Grasse, France
GenresCabaret, torch songs, modern chanson musical theatre
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, actresses, Streert artist
Years active1935–1963
LabelsPathé, Pathé-MarconiCapitol/EMI (US and Canada)Parlophone/WEA (2013–present)

08 Henrietta Lacks

lived 1920–1951

Top 10 Important People Who Were Forgotten

The HeLa cell line, the first immortalized human cell line, and a major medical research tool, was produced from Henrietta Lacks’ cancer cells.

BornLoretta Pleasant
August 1, 1920
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.
DiedOctober 4, 1951 (aged 31)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Cause of deathCervical cancer
MonumentsHenrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School; historical marker at Clover, Virginia
Occupation(s)Housewife, tobacco farmer
Heightapprox. 5 ft (150 cm)
SpouseDavid Lacks (m. 1941)

07 Gregor Mendel

1822 birth; 1884 death

Top 10 Important People Who Were Forgotten

Gregor Mendel discovered heredity while studying pea plants. He concluded that parents’ genes are inherited separately and paired. Mendel investigated how parental genes divided and if offspring had dominant or recessive traits.

BornJohann Mendel
20 July 1822
Heinzendorf bei Odrau (Hynčice), Silesia, Austrian Empire (now Czechia)
Died6 January 1884 (aged 61)
Brno, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (now Czechia)
Alma materUniversity of Olomouc
University of Vienna
Known forFounder of the modern science of genetics
Scientific career
InstitutionsSt Thomas’s Abbey, Brno
Ecclesiastical career
ChurchCatholic Church
Ordained25 December 1846

06 Mary Anning

Fossil researcher

Born in 1799, died in 1847

Top 10 Important People Who Were Forgotten

English paleontologist, fossil collector, and dealer Mary Anning lived from May 21, 1799, until March 9, 1847. She acquired worldwide acclaim for her discovery of Jurassic marine fossil strata in the English Channel cliffs at Lyme Regis in Dorset, southwest England. Anning’s findings shaped scientists’ views of ancient life and Earth’s history.

Born21 May 1799
Lyme Regis, Dorset, England
Died9 March 1847 (aged 47)
Lyme Regis, Dorset, England
Resting placeSt Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis
50.725471°N 2.931701°W
OccupationsFossil collector palaeontologist
Known forFossil hunting

05 Bayard Rustin

American hero

born in 1912 and died in 1987

Top 10 Important People Who Were Forgotten

Rustin and A. Philip Randolph led the 1941 March on Washington Movement to end workplace racial discrimination. Rustin coordinated Freedom Rides and helped form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to assist Martin Luther King Jr. and teach him about nonviolence. He organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

BornMarch 17, 1912
West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedAugust 24, 1987 (aged 75)
New York City, U.S.
EducationWilberforce University
Cheyney University
City College of New York
Organization(s)Fellowship of Reconciliation
Congress of Racial Equality
War Resisters League
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Social Democrats, USA (National Chairman)
A. Philip Randolph Institute (President)
Committee on the Present Danger
MovementCivil Rights Movement, Peace Movement, Socialism, Gay Rights Movement, Neoconservatism
Partner(s)Davis Platt (1940s)
Walter Naegle (1977–1987; Rustin’s death)
AwardsPresidential Medal of Freedom

04 Émilie du Châtelet

famous academic

from 1706 until 1749

Top 10 Important People Who Were Forgotten

Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise du Châtelet was a French natural philosopher and mathematician from the early 1730s until her death in 1749 from delivery complications. She was born December 17, 1706, and died September 10, 1749. Her French name was [Emili Dytl.

Born17 December 1706
Paris, Kingdom of France
Died10 September 1749 (aged 42)
Lunéville, Kingdom of France
Known forTranslation of Newton’s Principia into French, natural philosophy which combines Newtonian physics with Leibnizian metaphysics, and advocacy of Newtonian physics
SpouseMarquis Florent-Claude du Chastellet-Lomont​​(m.1725)​
PartnerVoltaire (1733–1749)
ChildrenFrançoise Gabriel Pauline
Louis Marie Florent
Stanislas-Adélaïde du Châtelet
Scientific career
FieldsNatural philosophy, Mathematics, Physics
InfluencesIsaac Newton, Gottfried Leibniz, Willem ‘s Gravesande
InfluencedImmanuel Kant, Voltaire

03 Ida B. Wells

Significant American

born in 1862 and died in 1931

Top 10 Important People Who Were Forgotten 8

American investigative journalist, educator, and civil rights pioneer Ida Bell Wells-Barnett. She lived from July 16, 1862, until March 25, 1931. The NAACP was created in part by her.[1] Wells worked for African-American equality, especially for women, and against prejudice and cruelty.

Wells, c. 1893
BornIda Bell Wells
July 16, 1862
Holly Springs, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedMarch 25, 1931 (aged 68)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Burial placeOak Woods Cemetery
Other namesIda B. Wells-BarnettIola (pen name)
EducationRust College, Fisk University
OccupationsCivil rights and women’s rights activist journalist and newspaper editor teacher
Political partyRepublicans
Other political
Independent (1930)
SpouseFerdinand L. Barnett​​(m. 1895)​
Children6, including Alfreda Duster

02 Rosalind Franklin

born in 1920, died in 1958,

having contributed to various scientific disciplines

Top 10 Important People Who Were Forgotten

Rosalind Elsie Franklin, a British scientist, and X-ray crystallographer from July 25, 1920, to 16, 1958, helped us understand the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. Franklin has been called the “wronged heroine” the “dark lady of DNA” the “forgotten heroine” the “feminist icon”, and the “Sylvia Plath of molecular biology” for discovering DNA’s structure. However, her coal and virus research was acknowledged during her lifetime.

BornRosalind Elsie Franklin
25 July 1920
Notting Hill, London, England
Died16 April 1958 (aged 37)
Chelsea, London, England
Resting placeWillesden United Synagogue Cemetery
51.5447°N 0.2399°W
EducationSt Paul’s Girls’ School
Alma materNewnham College, Cambridge
University of Cambridge (PhD)
Known forStructure of DNA, Fine structure of coal and graphite, Structures of viruses
Scientific career
FieldsPhysical chemistry, X-ray crystallography
InstitutionsBritish Coal Utilisation Research AssociationLaboratoire Central des Services Chimiques de l’ÉtatBirkbeck, University of London, King’s College London
ThesisThe physical chemistry of solid organic colloids with special reference to coal (1945)
Doctoral studentsJohn Finch, Kenneth Holmes

01 Hypatia of Alexandria

From 360 until 415 CE

Top 10 Important People Who Were Forgotten

Hypatia (c. 350–370; 415 AD)Neoplatonist philosophers, astronomers, and mathematicians resided in Alexandria, Egypt, then part of the Eastern Roman Empire. The famous Alexandrian philosopher taught astronomy. She is the first female mathematician whose life is extensively documented, but Pandrosion, another Alexandrine mathematician, predates her.

Teacher and wise counselor Hypatia was well-known in her day. She also wrote a commentary on Apollonius of Perga’s conic sections and Diophantus’ thirteen-volume Arithmetica, both of which are lost. Her commentary on Diophantus’ thirteen-volume Arithmetica may be preserved since it was placed in the original text. Many modern scholars believe Hypatia edited the Almagest’s surviving chapters based on her father Theon’s comments on Book III.

Bornc. 350–370 AD
Alexandria, Province of Egypt, Eastern Roman Empire
DiedMarch 415 AD (aged 45–65)
Alexandria, Province of Egypt, Eastern Roman Empire
EraAncient Philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Main interestsMathematics, Astronomy


Several influential worldwide figures have been lost to time. The list of the 10 most important forgotten people saddens us with the need to preserve and illuminate the contributions of individuals who have shaped modern civilization. Locating and honoring these people helps us comprehend human history and the countless unsung heroes.

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Zainab Hashmi

I'm Zainab Hashmi, and I'm the Head Editor of I'm uncovering the world's wonders and presenting you with the most interesting top ten lists in many categories. I've been as a guest on various national radio and television networks.

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