to expect people to know what these famous people achieved (add your own)

(147 Posts)
kim147 Sat 08-Mar-14 18:23:00

Linked to recent threads about knowledge

Mikhail Gorbachev
James Watson
Marie Curie
Archimedes
Malala Yousafzai
Gandhi

Should people have heard of them and know a bit about what they did? Add your own names grin

dementedma Sat 08-Mar-14 18:32:06

Don't know who Malala Yousafzai is.
shrugs

kim147 Sat 08-Mar-14 18:35:18

She was the teenage girl shot by the Taliban a few years ago for going to school and promoting female education.

scarffiend Sat 08-Mar-14 18:35:27

Barraco Barner grin

gordyslovesheep Sat 08-Mar-14 18:35:47

Leon Trotsky
Nye Bevan
Barbara Castle
Mary Seacole
Rosa Parks

gordyslovesheep Sat 08-Mar-14 18:36:24

oh yes Barraco Barner grin and Michello Barner!

olidusUrsus Sat 08-Mar-14 18:36:56

ahh that's the spirit, demented grin

I'm going to add Henri Cartier-Bresson & Jane Goodall.

kim147 Sat 08-Mar-14 18:37:29

I only vaguely know about Mary Seacole but that's because she was going to be off the list in primary schools.

HadABadDay2014 Sat 08-Mar-14 18:37:41

Anne frank.

fifi669 Sat 08-Mar-14 18:38:08

A friend of mine overheard me having a conversation about Winston Churchill. Her input was 'I've heard of him, is he a singer?'

kim147 Sat 08-Mar-14 18:39:00

Better than being a dog - which is what some people think.

YouTheCat Sat 08-Mar-14 18:40:41

I was appalled by my dd today. She got an A* in art gcse and had never heard of Constable or Turner.

HarrietSchulenberg Sat 08-Mar-14 18:45:24

Thomas Telford
Abraham Darby
Amelia Earhart

bochead Sat 08-Mar-14 18:55:56

Tesla
Marie Curie
Louis Pasteur
Marcus Garvey
Nelson Mandela
Maya Angelou
Nicholas Holst
The Pankhurst sisters
George Orwell
Turin
Temple Grandin
Helen Keller
Anne Frank
Leonardo Da Vinci
Luther

CountessOfRule Sat 08-Mar-14 19:00:23

Hmm. I've heard of about half so far, and of those some are a vague idea like "Marie Curie, um, something about medicine, didn't she die of radiation poisoning?"

I know a lot of things about a lot of people. I scorn your lists wink

chibi Sat 08-Mar-14 19:00:27

audre lorde
bell hooks
lee maracle
gavrilo princip

chibi Sat 08-Mar-14 19:03:47

louis riel
gabriel dumont
elijah harper

SometimesLonely Sat 08-Mar-14 19:07:50

Sheila Scott.
Stirling Moss
Graham Hill
Mike Hawthorn
Mike Hailwood
Copernicus
Erasmus

gordyslovesheep Sat 08-Mar-14 19:08:04

chibi I think some of those are a little obscure to expect most people to know about

oh - Boudicca

chibi Sat 08-Mar-14 19:13:27

meh, i could say the same aboug some of the others- i don't know who stirling moss is (was?) or mike hawthorn or graham hill.

a lot of the names seem quite parochial tbh.

SometimesLonely Sat 08-Mar-14 19:19:12

Stirling Moss, Graham Hill and Mike Hawthorn were all F1 racing drivers. Graham Hill was Damon Hill's father and Stirling Moss is still 'with us'.

chibi Sat 08-Mar-14 19:22:58

i also don't know who damon hill is or was

probably important to uk people??

chibi Sat 08-Mar-14 19:24:41

clearly you are really into F1 which is great but possibly not super relevant to anyone outside of car racing

K8Middleton Sat 08-Mar-14 19:33:51

Mary Wollstonecraft
Jocelyn Bell
Kate Millet
Barbara Castle
Shami Chakrabarti
Margaret Hodge
Doris Lessing
Margaret Atwood
Jack Monroe

My list is in honour of international women's day.

80sMum Sat 08-Mar-14 19:39:22

Isambard Brunel
Henry Ford
Pythagoras
Galileo
Einstein
Tim Berners Lee

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