Top Ten Most Underrated People In History

This is a list of people who don't really get the attention they should.

The Top Ten

1 Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system, X rays, Radio, Remote Control, Laser, and electric motors . Tesla developed and more.

A very smart and innovative person, but he did not remotely "invent" or "discover" electricity.
He lived during an age of incredible discoveries happening almost daily, and many of those ideas "time had come", resulting in many inventions happening separately at almost the same time.
We would have everything we have today, even if he had never lived.

Could be the greatest mind of the 20th century. He invented the single most important thing in todays world - electricity. Without it there would be no tvs, cell phones, computers etc. He also has over 700 inventions under his name and some of them were stolen from him - the radio (stolen by Marconi), the x-rays (stolen by Roentgen). - Bruno2202

2 Stanislav Petrov
3 Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren
4 Ismail Al-Jazari
5 Emmy Noether

A German mathematician who made groundbreaking contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics. Albert Einstein called her the most important women in the history of mathematics. Her work on differential invariants in the calculus of variations - Noether's theorem has been called one of the most important mathematical theorems ever proved in guiding the development of modern physics. - Bruno2202

6 Cecilia Payne

Discovered what the sun is made of but was told not to publish her work by Henry Norris Russel. 4 years later he repeated her work, published it and was given all the credit. - Bruno2202

7 John Tyler John Tyler John Tyler was the tenth President of the United States. He was also, briefly, the tenth Vice President, elected to that office on the 1840 Whig ticket with William Henry Harrison. V 1 Comment
8 Neil Armstrong Neil Armstrong

Actually, pretty much everyone knows who he is... - Alpha101

In 10,000 years, nobody from our time will be remembered except for him; the first human to leave the planet and walk on another world.

9 Lise Meitner

Co-discovered nuclear fusion, her collegues intentionally published the paper without her name. They went on to win the Nobel Prize. - Bruno2202

10 Nettie Stevens

Discovered that sex was determined by chromosomes. She sent her work to Thomas Morgan who, in public, dismissed her and called her "just a technician". Later he published his own book on sex determination and took all the credit. - Bruno2202

The Contenders

11 Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Discovered the first pulsar. Her senior Anthony Hewish put himself on the paper and got all the credit and the Nobel Prize. - Bruno2202

12 Thomas Newcomen

The actual inventor of the steam engine. James Watt didn't invent it, he perfected it some 50-60 years later. - Bruno2202

13 Barack Obama Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th president of the United States of America. He was elected in 2008 after serving in the Senate from 2005-08, beating John McCain and becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was elected again in 2012, beating Mitt Romney.
14 Johann Philipp Reis
15 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce more.

I actually meant to vote for John Adams but the site obviously had other ideas. Why John Adams? He has an underrated name. Too few males are called John Adams. - Britgirl

Oh give me a BREAK... - TheMainReason

16 Jesus

Underrated? Our calendar is based on his birth. We are now in 2016, meaning that he was born 2016 years ago. Even if we talking about something 3000 years ago we use 0 ( his birth ) as reference. How could he be underrated if we measure years and days based on him.

Not really underrated though

He died for you

17 Thomas Hooker
18 Malala Yousafzai Malala Yousafzai Malala Yousafzai S.St is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
19 Alan Turing Alan Turing Alan Mathison Turing was a pioneering English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist.
20 Rosalind Franklin

An x-ray crystallographer who made significant contributions to the discovery of the structure of DNA. She didn't recieve any credit before her death and her colleagues recieved the Nobel Prize for the discovery after her death. - Bruno2202

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