|Player Number||Player Name||Team(s)||Stats|
|2||Galileo Galilei||Science||Nicknamed "The Father of Modern Science," astronomer, author, mathematician, physicist, philosopher, professor, telescope improver, Copernican supporter, moon and sunspot discoverer. more..|
|3||Isaac Newton*||Science||Team Science "captain." Discovered calculus, gravity, and developed the three laws of motion. 'Nuff said. more...|
|4||Nicolaus Copernicus||Science||Proposed heliocentricity in the 1500s, defying common wisdom of the day. more...|
|5||Lise Meitner||Science||Led the team that discovered nuclear fission. Was *not* awarded the Nobel Prize due to gender and racial bias. more...|
|6||Charles Darwin||Science||Biologist, author, developer of the Theory of Evolution. more...|
|10||Cecilia Payne||Science||Author, astronomer, and according to the Royal Astronomical Society, Cecilia Payne was a "pioneering astrophysicist and probably the most eminent woman astronomer of all time." Henry Norris Russell Prize, first female professor at Harvard, first female department chair at Harvard. more...|
|1.6(10^-35)||Max Planck||Science||Nobel Prize, Foreign Membership of the Royal Society Copley Medal, physicist, research author, professor, pianist, discoverer of the smallest possible length in the known universe. more...|
|26||Jane Goodall||Science||Anthropologist, author, documentary star, professor, San Diego Zoological Society San Diego Zoological Society, J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize, Schweitzer Medal of the Animal Welfare Institute, National Geographic Society Centennial Award, Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, United Nations Messenger of Peace, Dame of the British Empire, inspiration to all wildlife and conservation activists. more...|
|88||Marie Curie||Science||Nobel Prize (co-winner and solo winner), Davy Medal of the Royal Society, chemist, isolated polonium and radium, research author, Director of the Curie Laboratory in the Radium Institute of the University of Paris, Head of the Physics Laboratory at the Sorbonne, first female Professor of General Physics in the Faculty of Sciences, member of Conseil du Physique Solvay and of the League of Nations' Committee of Intellectual Co-operation. more...|
|9||Ludvig Van Beethoven*||Music||Composer. Considered by many to be the GOAT of music. Posthumously Named Team Music captain in the League of Intellectual All Stars in 2017. Also famous for writing many of his greatest works after becoming deaf in the last 10 years of his life. more...|
|12||Hildegard von Bingen||Music||Believed to be the first female composer. German abess and prophet. Sainted in 2012. more...|
|K||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Music||Musical prodigy, one of the most widely known and prolific composers of all time, produced over 600 musical works. The only known composer to excel in all musical styles of his time period. Honored math and form in his works. more...|
|13||Fanny Mendelssohn||Music||Composed over 500 pieces in her lifetime, acknowledged by her famous brother Felix that she was a better pianist than he; memorized Bach's epic instructional collections by age 13. more...|
|14||Johann Sebastian Bach||Music||Considered by some to be an original "musical badass," Bach is the most famous of a family of talented musicians and composers. Another of the GOAT composers, Bach's influence on classical music and those who learned from him cannot be understated. Assigned #14 for his penchant to weave his own name (B+A+C+H = 2+1+3+8) into his compositions. The original Easter egg, perhaps? more...|
|15||Xian Xinghai||Music||One of the best known Eastern classical music composers and a modern Chinese music pioneer, he wrote his epic cantata as a form of political protest. He combined tradition with modernity, was influenced by western music and in turn, influenced it right back with Chinese elements and culture. He composed in all major forms and contributed a significant amount of academic musical theory. more...|
|16||Antonio Vivaldi||Music||Violin virtuoso, prolific baroque composer of nearly 500 works, mostly concerti. Wrote many of his best-known pieces for female orphans and perfected the three-movement form. His influence is apparent in the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and many other great composers. more...|
|17||Clara Wieck Schumann||Music||Acclaimed female pianist and composer when such feats were unusual; composed and performed throughout Europe with her husband Robert as well as Johann Brahms, all while raising seven children and managing a household. #GirlPower more...|
|18||Franz Josef Haydn||Music||"Father of the Symphony," essentially invented the string quartet and established what we now know as the classical music style. He was Beethoven's teacher. 'Nuff said. more...|
|19||Frederic Chopin||Music||Innovative piano composer whose expression with the instrument changed the composition of piano music forever. A quintessentially Romantic musician, he expressed complexity through pure and beautiful melodies, some of the best-known in the world. more...|
|20||Johannes Brahms||Music||One of the greatest composers of all time and a Romantic pianist, he was considered a genius by noted composer Robert Schumann. more...|
|21||Claude Debussy||Music||Grand Prix de Rome, one of the most widely known and influential French composers. Credited with creating the 21-note scale. more...|
|0||Philosophy||German philosopher and social critic, Nietzsche is best known for his writings on nihilism and self-realization, which he believed could not be accomplished by relying on the concepts of God or a soul. more...|
|2+3||Rene Descartes||Philosophy, Math||
Considered the father of Western philosophy, Descartes broke from the traditional Scholastic Aristotelianism of the time. He is best known for his statement “Cogito, ergo Sum” (“I think, therefore I am”) and applying mathematical theories to philosophy, leading to several important breakthroughs in mathematics. more...
|22||Confucius||Philosophy||Chinese philosopher whose teachings shaped East Asia's civilizations and continue to today; taught the perfectibility of man through effort and a love of learning. more...|
|23||Aristotle||Philosophy, Science||Epic ancient philosopher and polymath whose influence on science, ethics, and intellectual thought cannot be overstated; father of formal logic. Student and contemporary of teammate Plato; cross-named to Team Science. Dante annointed him "the master of those who know.” more...|
One of the earliest known and most influential philosophers of ancient Greece, often credited with founding Western philosophy and thought. First of the famous triad of Greek philosophers, along with his teammates Plato and Aristotle. Famous for his question and answer method, which we now call the Socratic Method, of arriving at knowledge, and his claim that "the unexamined life is not worth living." more...
|25||Hypatia of Alexandria||Philosophy||
Ancient Egyptian Neoplatonism philosopher, sometimes simply referred to as "The Philosopher" in Alexandria. The rare female intellectual in her time, she studied mathematics and astronomy in addition to sharing her teachings with the public; a symbol of feminism who rejected religion in a time of religious strife. more...
A classical Greek philosopher well-known to have learned under Socrates and taught Aristotle, Plato introduced the concept of platonic love and the Socratic method of teaching. His works covered a large range of topics and have greatly influenced political philosophy. more...
|22/7||Archimedes||Math, Science||An ancient Greek mathematician, he was the first to approximate Pi as 22/7. He was also an accomplished scientist and engineer. Both a principle (hydrostatic) and a device (water screw) are named for him. After discovering that he could measure the density of an object with water displacement, he is rumored to have run through the streets naked shouting "Eureka!" more...|
Einstein once called her “the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.” Not only did she receive her PhD in Abstract Algebra, as a Jewish woman she overcame significant social obstacles to do so. more...
Considered the father of Geometry and mathematical proofs, he wrote “Elements,” the world’s primary mathematics text for twenty centuries! According to Euclid’s number theory, 28 is considered to be the second perfect number. more...
|31||Charles Babbage||Math||Considered the father of computer programming, his Difference Engine no.1 and Analytical Engine were the original computers. He is well known to have been a friend and mentor of Ada Lovelace. more...|
|50||Blaise Pascal||Math, Science||A French mathematician, he is credited with creating the first calculator. He was also an accomplished scientist and was known to have invented the syringe and hydraulic press. more...|
|79||Ada Lovelace||Math||A brilliant mathematician, she was tutored in science and mathematics beginning at the age of 4, something which was extremely uncommon for women at the time. Her notes on Charles Babbage’s analytical engine included her own thoughts and ideas, which went largely unrecognized for almost a century. In 1979, a computer language, developed by the Department of Defense, was named after her. more...|
A Swiss mathematician best known for introducing the concept of mathematical functions. He also contributed to trigonometry with the introduction of the formula known as Euler’s formula and developed Euler’s identity. Used to represent the base of the natural logarithm the letter “e” is considered Euler’s number. more...
|Z[i]||Carl Friedrich Gauss||Math||
Considered to be the greatest mathematician of all time, his influence can be seen in mathematics, physics, astronomy, and numerous other fields. He was well known as being able to perform difficult calculations in his head, and was the first to accurately predict the reappearance of Ceres after it disappeared behind the sun during its orbit. more...
|29||Chaucer||Literature||Best known for "The Canterbury Tales," an unfinished yet highly influential medieval poem written in Middle English and featuring 29 pilgrims. Chaucer is credited with creating "modern" literary characteristics such as complexity and hidden meaning. more...|
|33||Homer||Literature||Legendary Greek author who is attributed with writing the epic Iliad and Odyssey poems, which influenced Greek culture and education as well as literature ancient to modern. more..|
|30||Dante Alighieri||Literature||14th century Italian poet known, as all superstars are, by his first name and for his epic work The Divine Comedy, considered to be one of the greatest works of medieval European literature. With it and his other works, Dante influenced language, literature, moral philosophy, theology, and culture. more...|
|37||William Shakespeare||Literature||Probably the best known writer of all time, 16th century England. Though there is some controversy over the credit for some of his works, most experts attribute him with writing 37 plays and 154 sonnets. more...|
|32||Leo Tolstoy*||Literature||Russian novelist considered by the greatest modern writers to be the greatest author of all time, he is best known for epic works War and Peace and Anna Karenina. His realist fiction contains inimitable nuance of consciousness, epic style, and profound moral analysis. Tolstoy is captain of the Intellectual All Stars Team Lit. more...|
|34||Virginia Woolf||Literature||English writer best known for her departure from the Victorian novel and emulation of other eminent artistic works of her time. She wrote more prolifically - including diaries, letters, and essays - than many of her famous male contemporaries, and her influence on subsequent writers is immense. She is recognized as a genius of the human condition for her insightful language and therapeutic works. more...|
|35||Jane Austen||Literature||Influential English writer of 6 acclaimed novels and numerous other works, she was only recognized as a literary genius posthumously. Her works have been translated into 40 languages and adapted for screen and other derivative art forms, while inspiring generations of readers and writers alike for over 200 years. more...|
|38||Edgar Allan Poe||Literature||American writer of short stories and poetry, Poe is best known for his dark tales of suspense, horror, and mystery, imprinting readers' brains with memorable words and images. He is credited with inspiring the entire genre of detective stories, won several literary prizes during his lifetime, and now is the namesake of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar® Awards. more...|
|39||William Faulkner||Literature||American writer of novels and stories mainly set in the historical U.S. South, Faulkner won the Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1949. 'Nuff said. more...|
|40||Charles Dickens||Literature||English writer of Victorian novels, Charles Dickens has inspired his own adjective to describe the dreary and oppressive economic and social environment in 19th century London of which he descriptively wrote. Best known for novels, Dickens was a prolific writer in his 58 years, writing articles, plays, travel guides, and an autobiography. more...|
|41||Fyodor Dostoyevsky||Literature||Profound Russian novelist, Dostoyevsky is credited with influencing not only literature, but also politics, psychology, and philosophy. His dark depictions of Russian revolutionaries as well as bizarre occurences in his own life earned him fame during his lifetime, a rarity for the Intellectual All Stars. more...|
|42||Mary Shelley||Literature||Best known for one of the most memorable novels in history and an early science fiction pioneer, Mary Shelley was an English Romantic writer and editor. Married to a famous poet, Mary has literary cred to spare. more…|