Greatest Modern Polymaths

MikeFuller

The Top Ten

1 Jacob Bronowski

Polish-born, British Jewish Mathematician, Biologist, Historian of Science, Theatre Author, Poet, and Inventor. - MikeFuller

Jacob Bronowski (18 January 1908 �" 22 August 1974) was a British mathematician, historian of science, theatre author, poet and inventor. Of Polish-Jewish origin, he is best remembered as the presenter and writer of the 1973 BBC television documentary series, The Ascent of Man, and the accompanying book

2 Jonathan Miller

British Theatre and Opera Director, Actor, Author, Television Presenter, Humorist, Sculptor, and Medical Doctor. - MikeFuller

3 Buckminster Fuller

American Inventor, Engineer, Architect, Mathematician, Philosopher, and Professor of Poetry. There is more written about Richard Buckminster Fuller ( Sadly no relation ) in the American 'Who's Who' book than anyone else! - MikeFuller

4 John von Neumann John von Neumann John von Neumann was a Hungarian-American pure and applied mathematician, physicist, inventor, computer scientist, and polymath.

Most of those listed here have merely extended the range of their activities into closely related fields. That's not polymathy, in my opinion. I was trained as an experimental chemist, have a peer-reviewed publication in theoretical chemistry, and have worked as a university teacher in unrelated fields such as statistics and operations research (currently), an academic editor (for the last 20 years), a semi-professional rock-group drummer (long ago), a company director (currently), a paid murallist and collagist, and many other distantly or un-related activities, yet I would never claim to be a polymath (of course, I'm not famous in any of these fields either).

Hungarian-born, American Jewish Physicist, Mathematician, Contributions to Game Theory, Economics, and Pioneering Computer Scientist. One of the Greatest Mathematicians of All Time! He had a Photographic Memory! - MikeFuller

5 Anthony Burgess

British Novelist, Critic, Composer, Poet, Playwright, Librettist, Screenwriter, Essayist, Travel Writer, Broadcaster, Translator, Linguist, and Educationalist. - MikeFuller

6 Steve Allen

American Comedian, Writer, Poet, Lyricist, Composer, Actor, Concert Artist, and Lecturer. He wrote 54 Books! And about 10,000 Songs! - MikeFuller

7 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

British Heavy Metal Singer, Record Producer, Airline Pilot, Television Presenter, Author, Businessman, Competitive Fencer, and Devoted Family Man. - MikeFuller

Radio presenter can also be added to the list...

8 Paul Robeson

African-American Bass Baritone Concert Singer, Actor of Film and Stage, All American and Professional Athlete, Writer, Multi-Lingual Orator, Scholar, and Lawyer, who was also Noted for his Wide Ranging Social Justice Activism. - MikeFuller

9 Rowan Williams

Welsh Anglican Bishop, Poet, Theologian, and Polyglot*. The 104th Archbishop of Canterbury. *He speaks 11 Languages! - MikeFuller

10 Steve Jobs Steve Jobs Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur and business magnate. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and a co-founder of Apple Inc., chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company's board of directors following ...read more.

Greatest modern polymath.

The Newcomers

? Erwin Schrodinger Erwin Schrodinger Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger, sometimes written as Erwin Schrodinger or Erwin Schroedinger, was a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist who developed a number of fundamental results in the field of quantum theory, which formed the basis of wave mechanics: he formulated the wave equation ...read more.
? Umberto Eco Umberto Eco Umberto Eco OMRI (5 January 1932 – 19 February 2016) was an Italian novelist, literary critic, philosopher, semiotician, and university professor. ...read more.

The Contenders

11 F Story Musgrave
12 Stephen Hough
13 Edward Said

Another Polymath who I admire is Professor Carl Sagan ( 1934 - 1996 ). American Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Cosmologist, Author, Science Popularizer, and Science Communicator in Astronomy and Natural Sciences. In watching his masterpiece television series Cosmos I am taken back by his all encomposing knowledge!

Palestinian-American Author, Literary Theorist, Cultural critic, Public Intellectual, and Advocate for Palestinian Rights, and Founding Figure in Postcolonialism via his Book 'Orientalism'. - MikeFuller

14 Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate.
15 Ludwig Wittgenstein
16 Dolph Lundgren Dolph Lundgren Hans "Dolph" Lundgren is a Swedish actor, director, screenwriter, producer, martial artist, and chemical engineer.

This guy astonishes me. Won a European martial arts championship, has a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering, speaks 7 languages (though not completely fluently for some), won a Fulbright scholarship to MIT, and oh yeah, did a little acting on the side. Wow.

17 Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter and activist. After a troubled childhood and adolescence, during which he was expelled from two schools and spent three months in prison for credit card fraud, Fry secured a place at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he studied English ...read more.
18 Richard Feynman Richard Feynman Richard Phillips Feynman was an American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics for which he proposed the ...read more.
19 Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov, born Isaak Ozimov (c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science.
20 Sergey A. Mavrody

Russian-American. https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Мавро�'и,_Сергей_Анатольевич

Arts: professor of design, visual artist, creative director, film producer and director, film festival founder, interpreter of poetry

Sciences and Technology: author and web engineer (HTML5/CSS3 books), inventor (two US touchscreen patents), user experience director - chelentano

21 Christopher Hitchens Christopher Hitchens
22 Roger Penrose
23 William Sidis
24 CP Snow
25 Carl Sagan Carl Sagan Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences.
26 Oliver Sacks
27 Nassim Nicholas Taleb
28 Brian May Brian May Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.

Guitarist, multi instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, astro-physicist with a PhD, mathematician, animal rights activist

29 Donald Glover Donald Glover Donald McKinley Glover Jr. is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, rapper, and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as a DJ under the name mcDJ.

American Comedian, Singer, Rapper, Director, Actor. First black director to win an Emmy for his work on his television series "Atlanta".

30 Desmond Morris

British Zoologist, Ethologist, Surrealist Painter, and Popular Author on Sociobiology.

31 Tony Buzan
32 Clive James
33 Jamie Foxx Jamie Foxx Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally by his stage name Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, songwriter and comedian.

American Award Winning Actor, he played Ray in the film about Ray Charles, Comedian, Singer, and Award Winning Pianist. He is in addition a Songwriter.

34 Walter Russell
35 Art Garfunkel Art Garfunkel Arthur Ira "Art" Garfunkel is an American singer, poet and actor. He partnered in his earlier years with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel.
36 Philip Emagawali
37 Greg Koch

Stone Brewing USA (and soon in Germany), rock wall builder and gifted landscaper, social media giant (prior to "Sabbatical") Chef, sustainable Farmer, Geek advocate of slow food/slow money movement.

38 David Brin
39 Larry Ellison

Software, Sailor, Tennis supporter, landscaper, developer.

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