Charles Darwin

Born in 1809 at Shrewsbury, Charles Darwin was to go on to reluctantly rock the world. Grandson of Erasmus Darwin, his mother died when he was eight, and to his father’s chagrin seemed to care nothing but for bugs and plants.
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Leonardo da Vinci

The Renaissance was the greatest expression of human art and imagination, and its greatest personality was Leonardo da Vinci. Born the illegitimate son of a Florentine notary and a peasant girl at Vinci in 1452, he had an elementary education before becoming a student of sculptor, Verrocchio.
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Winston Churchill

Few people in history have been great, but perhaps the greatest of the great was Winston Churchill. Born the eldest son of Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome, daughter of a New York financier, he was a lonely child, much estranged from his father and brought up by a nurse.
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