Professor Steven Skiena (of Stony Brook University in New York) and Charles Ward sought to answer that question by sifting through more than 1,000 historical figures and prominent people while applying quantitative analysis to the popular online information source Wikipedia.
analyzed the impact historical figures had on other people's opinions
throughout the eons, and the ranking formula was very similar to the way Google
ranks webpages in its search engine.
At the top of the researchers' list:
He is followed (in descending order) by Napoleon, William Shakespeare,
Muhammad, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Adolf Hitler, Aristotle,
Alexander the Great and Thomas Jefferson.
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--taken from pluggedin email from 12.16.13