Map Your Highlights from Hiking, Geocaching, or Walking Around Your Neighborhood

In a typical day or week, you probably go a lot of places. You might commute to work, take kids to school, go grocery shopping, or have a nice dinner out. If the weather is nice, you can explore a park, go on a hike, or meander about your neighborhood. It might be interesting to see all these locations on a map, which is easier than you’d expect.

View Neighborhood Map Without Addresses in a full screen map

Armed with the addresses, you can make map of your favorite places. But what about when you don’t have the addresses, or don’t want to spend a bunch of time doing data entry?

Chances are you have access to your precise location in the form of latitude and longitude coordinates. This pair of numbers is used by GPS to determine a point on earth, and we can use it to quickly make maps.

Get Latitude and Longitude from Your Phone

More than two-thirds of the United States population own a smart phone. Chances are pretty good if you’re reading this that you have a way to access at least one GPS-enabled device. At any moment, you have access to your precise location. Have you ever opened up your map app and seen the blue dot showing where you are? That’s coming through your GPS and you can directly access the coordinates to use later.

For example, Apple’s iPhone ships with an app called Compass. It’s the digital equivalent of the simple navigation instrument that has been used for centuries by sailors, explorers, and others interested in direction.

Unlike its ancient counterpart, Apple’s version can also tell you where you are. Just open up the compass app and you’ll see the direction you’re facing. Additionally, you’ll receive your elevation and two numbers in degree/minute/second format. Those are your coordinates, which you’ll need to convert to latitude and longitude decimals.

You may be able to get the same data from your map app. For example, in Google Maps on your phone, find your current location, then tap and hold on the blue dot. That will add a marker, which Google Maps calls a “dropped pin.” You can then get more details about this pin, which will allow you to share it. Under the share options, you can simply copy, which will give you a web address URL. When you visit that short-ish URL, it will expand to be a longer URL that includes a decimal latitude and longitude.

Any web page, with your permission, can also access your location. If you’re using a GPS-enabled device, such as a smart phone, the result will be as precise as the apps above. Laptops and desktops may only have city or neighborhood-level data, depending on what is available nearby.

Try using the where am I tool to find your location now. This will give you latitude and longitude coordinates ready for copying and pasting into your spreadsheet, which might look like this:

Once you have a list of your locations, you can easily plot latitude and longitude on a map. Just create a spreadsheet with a column for each, and copy-paste into BatchGeo. You can find instructions here or read on for some other ways to map the places you go.

Plot Your Hiking Route on a Map

There are many route-tracking apps for smart phones. You can use them to capture your hiking or running routes, for example. Often you can see a map within the app, but want to visualize it in other formats, perhaps sharing with others.

You’ll want to look for an option to export your route or tracks into GPX format. This is a text file (specifically, an XML schema) that stores data from any GPS log. If you have a Garmin or similar GPS used by hikers, you can also download the GPX file to your computer. Other formats might include KML and GML. In all these cases, you’ll find a collection of latitude and longitude coordinates (like in this sample file we used from Garmin).

To make your tracked route usable, you’ll need to export the coordinates into a list format. You can do that by diving into the XML yourself, or find a tool like this to convert to an Excel format. The result you’re looking for is a spreadsheet with separate columns for latitude and longitude, like this:

You can easily remove certain columns from your spreadsheet, such as the “track_fid,” “track_seg_id,” and “track_seg_point_id” in the above example. Then you can copy and paste the entire spreadsheet (including the headers) into our map making tool, and quickly see your entire route (called trackpoints in GPX terms) with a marker for every latitude/longitude pair in your GPX data.

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However, you might prefer fewer markers on your maps. That’s where waypoints or POIs will come in handy. These are a feature of some GPS units or mobile location self-tracking apps. As you hike, you can add a waypoint or point of interest (POI). Later, these are shown separately from routes and tracks. That way you can plot your hike by using the highlights you note along the way.

Track Your Geocache Scores

Another way those interested in the outdoors and hiking use location is to go in search of hidden treasure. Geocaching is a game of hide and seek where latitude/longitude coordinates are shared, along with a hint to find what’s hidden. Often there will be a small container, a “cache,” filled with trinkets. Geocachers hunting for the cache will exchange a different trinket for one in the cache.

The moment of discovering a geocache can be exhilarating. Why not mark those on a map? Just use your GPS or compass app to note the latitude and longitude. Write a description of the location and any other data you’re interested in tracking. Here are some ideas:

  • Time you took to hunt for the geocache
  • Distance you hiked to get to the geocache
  • The prize you took from the geocache
  • The prize you left in the geocache
  • The name of the people who helped you search

Imagine creating a spreadsheet with several of these fields, in addition to the all-important latitude and longitude. You could even update directly from your phone using the Google Sheets or Excel Online apps. Once you have a few geocaches under your belt, why not put it on a map?

Let’s say your geocache spreadsheet looks something like this:

Latitude Longitude Time it Took to Find Distance Hiked Prize Taken Prize Left People Who Helped Me Search
38.992965 -119.94847 50 minutes 2 miles Plastic snake Sunscreen Dana and Alessia
39.002656 -119.952035 32 minutes .9 miles Guitar picks Fishing lures Alessia, Jiulina, and Katie
38.985482 -119.943522 47 minutes 6 miles Matchcars Gloves
38.955316 -119.943566 17 minutes .3 miles Off! Insect Repellant wipes Flashlight
38.997808 -119.953102 28 minutes .5 miles Headphones A puzzle Tyler
38.971188 -119.934117 34 minutes .7 miles Mixed CD Keychains Greg, Tyler
38.956203 -119.942675 39 minutes 1 mile Snow globe Rain poncho
38.985318 -119.942621 43 minutes 2.3 miles Swim goggles Golf balls
38.98399 -119.942632 4 hours .1 miles Stress ball Duct tape Mom & Dad
38.984950 -119.942728 56 minutes 2 miles Starbucks gift card!!! Flower seeds
38.986747 -119.942907 1 hour 4 miles Measuring tape Nalgene Water Bottle & Bandaids

You could simply highlight and copy it into our spreadsheet to map convertor to generate a map like this:

View Geocache Discoveries in a full screen map

Or if hiking and geocaching stuff isn’t your jam, you could make a similar map simply exploring your own neighborhood.

Map Your Neighborhood Without Knowing Addresses

We’ve previously covered making a map of your favorite places, but it required that you know the address. While cafes and coffee shops usually have addresses, not everything worth seeing does. Perhaps you have a park you love to frequent, or a specific viewpoint along a scenic drive. In these cases, direct latitude and longitude maps might make more sense!

Much the same as tracking your geocoding (described above), you can simply keep a spreadsheet of places in your neighborhood, city, or otherwise nearby. You can also include other columns in your spreadsheet that might be interesting:

  • Type or category, such as “cafe” or “playground”
  • Description so someone else will know why you like this place
  • Rating, like a number of stars, so you can share both your favorites and your almost-favorites

Include anything you’d like in your spreadsheet. Most important is to include a column for latitude and another for longitude (which you can get from your GPS or compass app on your phone). It will look something like this:

Location Latitude Longitude Type Description Rating
Round Hill Pines Beach and Marina 38.992965 -119.94847 Viewpoint The more commercialized beach, this place has rentable paddle boards, lounge chairs and umbrellas a bar, and a cafe all within walking distance – or you can get any snacks or lunch delivered right to where you’re sitting and enjoying the sun! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Zephyr Cove – North Beach 39.002656 -119.952035 Viewpoint While a bit rocky (bring shoes!) there is free parking near North Beach if you know where to look. ⭐⭐
The Bean Bar 38.985482 -119.943522 Cafe Free wifi, this is the place to be if you have a long paper or need to get some work done away from home. They have amazing coffee that is not very expensive. They use local coffee beans and they are a very organic, natural-focused place. Their Aztec hot chocolate with whipped cream is like $2.50 and oh so good. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Driftwood Cafe 38.955316 -119.943566 Cafe Even for Saturday, the wait is pretty short here. You get a lot of bang for your buck at Driftwood: bacon, eggs, pancakes all for pretty cheap, but definitely delicious. However, the best thing on the menu is the Carolina Connection. It is a MUST GET. Also, two words: cinnamon rolls. Plus, they serve breakfast all day long. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Toast 38.997808 -119.953102 Restaurant Toast is a family-owned Japanese//American restaurant with comfort food like mac and cheese, hot wings, and salmon that is to die for. They also have a full bar and the restaurant is very kid friendly! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Thai & Noodle 38.971188 -119.934117 Restaurant They have really quick seating on weekdays, which is great because the minute you enter you can smell everything cooking deliciously. However, on the weekends this place gets packed, as it is one of the few Thai restaurants in Tahoe. If you order any appetizers, you absolutely HAVE to get some egg rolls, because they give you so many. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Base Camp Pizza 38.956203 -119.942675 Restaurant What can I say, everyone needs a little bit of pizza in their life, this is the best pizza place on this side of Lake Tahoe. They even give you FREE GARLIC FRIES! They also have a pizza + beer deal, and you have the option to build your own pizza if you aren’t a fan of their options. There is also almost always live music because the owner is a huge music buff. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Harumi Sushi 38.985318 -119.942621 Restaurant No reservations needed for a couple of people, and they always seat pretty quickly. I’d recommend the caterpillar rolls or dragon rolls, they’re to die for. They also play sports on the TVs. This is my favorite secret spot a bit outside of town. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Spooner Summit Viewpoint 38.98399 -119.942632 Viewpoint In the winter months, they have sledding, and from this you can pick up the Tahoe Rim Trail which goes around the entirety of Lake Tahoe and is 165 miles long. While I haven’t managed to make it around the lake just yet, this viewpoint along the scenic drive is worth seeing on its own! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Playground 38.984950 -119.942728 Playground Best place to take the kids. Sundays can get pretty busy! ⭐⭐⭐
Park 38.986747 -119.942907 Park I love to frequent this park! Comfiest benches to people-watch or read a good book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

When you’re done, copy-paste it all into our spreadsheet mapper to build a map like this:

View Neighborhood Map Without Addresses in a full screen map

Now that you have your favorite places, you can share it with friends, or use it as a reminder when you want to return to a fun spot nearby.

Once you get to mapping places you’ve been, it may become addicting. Once all of your data is mapped, you’ll want to check out the many ways to use your maps. You’ll find visualization, grouping, and a dozen other tools for finding the meaning in your data.

Most Disastrous Natural Disasters

In the midst of the after-effects of Hurricane Florence sweeping the Carolinas and a more accurate — and higher — casualty count from the September to October 2017 Hurricane Maria, we thought we’d make a map to highlight other historical natural disasters, specifically, the most disastrous. While Hurricane Maria wouldn’t make our list of the most disastrous natural disasters with the previous official report of 64 deaths, it would be considered one of the deadlier hurricanes with what is said to be the more probable death count: 2,975. This is more than 45 times the official number and makes Hurricane Maria one of the deadliest hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. We searched for even more data about the world’s deadliest earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, and costliest tropical hurricanes and tornadoes, including the overall most disastrous, some pretty recent natural disasters, and where in the world these disasters strike most frequently.

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Check out the map above for the facts regarding the locations and casualty count of the most disastrous natural disasters ever. Or read on for more info about these tragic occurrences.

Dismal Disasters: All-Time Most Disastrous

All of the natural disasters we mapped resulted in the loss of 1,000 or more lives, but there are always those catastrophes that result in the greatest amount of lives lost. Here are the top ten most disastrous natural disasters by their estimated death toll:

Type Rank Estimated Death Toll Event Location Year Notes
Flood 1 1,000,000 1931 China floods China 1931 May have been as high as 4,000,000 casualties
Flood 2 900,000 1887 Yellow River flood China 1887 May have been as high as 2,000,000 casualties
Flood 3 500,000 1938 Yellow River flood China 1938 May have been as high as 800,000 casualties
Hurricane 4 500,000 1970 Bhola cyclone Bangladesh 1970 Then East Pakistan; may have been higher — November 13, 1970
Hurricane 5 300,000 1737 Calcutta cyclone India 1737 October 7, 1737
Hurricane 6 300,000 1839 India Cyclone India 1839 November 25, 1839
Earthquake 7 280,000 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake Indonesia 2004 December 26, 2004
Earthquake 8 273,400 1920 Haiyuan earthquake China 1920 December 16, 1920
Earthquake 9 242,769 1976 Tangshan earthquake China 1976 May have been as high as 700,000 casualties —  July 28, 1976
Flood 10 231,000 Banqiao Dam China 1975

As you can see from the table above, only three of the five types of natural disasters we mapped make the top ten most disastrous. Floods, earthquakes, and tropical hurricanes are the costliest natural disasters in all of history. To see only the three costliest natural disasters for yourself on the map, use our grouping feature to group the map by type. Note that when you do this and select flood, hurricane, and earthquake, 98 out of the 102 disastrous natural disasters we mapped belong to those three categories.

Country-wise, China has bore witness to the worst — and most — natural disasters on the top ten most disastrous list. That is without taking into account that four out of six of China’s top natural disasters may have resulted in more casualties than officially recorded. If those casualty counts are as high as some experts say they are, the #1 ranked 1931 China floods would be eight times the size of Bangladesh’s fourth-ranked 1970 Bhola cyclone. Whether or not the estimated death toll for the 1931 China floods is lower than the reality, it still takes the cake as the costliest natural disaster in history with 1 million deaths, but up to as many as 4 million deaths. The second-place natural disaster, China’s 1887 Yellow River flood would be four times the size of Bangladesh’s fourth-ranked hurricane if experts are correct that the casualty count may have been as high as two million.

India has also seen some pretty terrible disasters, especially in the form of cyclones or hurricanes. India’s hurricanes seem to occur almost exactly one century apart. As for the most recent natural disaster to make the top ten deadliest list: it’s the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which hit Indonesia the day after Christmas just 14 years ago. The deadliest earthquake since the 1600s, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake is only to be beaten by an earthquake from way back in 1556: the Shaanxi, China earthquake. The 1556 Shaanxi, China earthquake is officially reported to have caused the deaths of 820,000 people, but the death count may have been as high as 830,000 casualties.

Modern Mayhem: Worst of the 21st Century

Even more recent than the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake are the following natural disasters, ordered by year:

  • 2016 India floods — estimated death toll of 1,000
  • 2013 North India floods — estimated death toll of 5,700
  • 2011 Southeast Asian floods — estimated death toll of 2,828
  • 2011 Philippines floods — estimated death toll of 1,268
  • 2010 Haiti earthquake — estimated death toll of 160,000
  • 2010 China floods — estimated death toll of 3,189
  • 2010 Pakistan floods — estimated death toll of 1,600
  • 2008 Sichuan, China earthquake — estimated death toll of 87,587
  • 2008 Myanmar Cyclone Nargis — estimated death toll of 138,366
  • 2007 China flood — estimated death toll of 1,348
  • 2006 Southern Leyte, Philippines mudslide — estimated death toll of 1,144
  • 2005 Kashmir, Pakistan earthquake — estimated death toll of 100,000
  • 2005 Fujian, China flood — estimated death toll of 1,624
  • 2005 Mumbai, India flood — estimated death toll of 1,503
  • 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake — estimated death toll of 280,000
  • 2004 Eastern India flood — estimated death toll of 3,076
  • 2004 Haiti Spring Flooding — estimated death toll of 1,605
  • 2004 China flood — estimated death toll of 1,029
  • 2002 China flood, torrential floods, mud-rock flows — estimated death toll of 1,532

Four of these 21st-century natural disasters resulted in over 100,000 deaths. Ranked at #7, #14, #19, and #24 (out of 102), respectively, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, 2010 Haiti earthquake, Cyclone Nargis, and the 2005 Kashmir earthquake are the natural disasters that have taken place during our current century with the most lives lost.

Floods and Earthquakes and More, Oh My!

Photo by Lori Joan

You would think that the most common deadly natural disasters are the three that appeared on our top ten deadliest natural disaster list. Remember that our top ten deadliest natural disasters since the 1600s were comprised of only three types: four were floods, three were earthquakes, and three were tropical hurricanes.

While these three types of natural disasters certainly are the most common and deadly, it’s not necessarily in the order you’d expect. Of the 102 most disastrous natural disasters on our map, 62 are floods, 27 are earthquakes, and just nine are tropical hurricanes. That’s not necessarily what you’d expect glancing at the top ten list, in which the amount of earthquakes tied with hurricanes. Clearly, floods are by far the most frequent natural disaster to result in the deaths over 1,000 people. As for the low number of hurricanes? Three of the nine tropical hurricanes resulting in 1,000+ deaths since 1600 are accounted for in the top ten most disastrous natural disasters of all time.

So while tropical hurricanes that cause the death of over 1,000 people rarely occur (only nine times since 1600), when they are that severe, they result in lots and lots more casualties than 1,000. Three wildfires also make our map, along with just one tornado that has killed over 1,000 people. Watch out, Dorthy!

Take Caution in these Countries with the Most Disasters

We already know that China has historically been home to many of the costliest natural disasters ever seen, but just how many natural disasters has China withstood over the years? If you count up all of China’s natural disasters on the map above, they total to 28 natural disasters since the 1600s that resulted in 1,000+ deaths, which is more than any other country. India, known to face many a hurricane or cyclone throughout the years, has had 13 natural disasters resulting in 1,000 or more lives lost. Other countries that have witnessed more than one deadly natural disaster include:

  • Bangladesh — 7
  • Iran — 6
  • Pakistan — 5
  • Italy — 4
  • Netherlands — 4
  • Japan — 3
  • Peru — 3
  • Philippines — 3
  • United States — 3
  • Ecuador — 2
  • Haiti — 2
  • Vietnam — 2

Now that we know all about the world’s most disastrous natural disasters, it’s time to do something about it! Learn how to make a Disaster Relief map to help members of your community find the resources they may need after a natural disaster. It’s easy to make maps that matter with BatchGeo.

The Noblest By Country: Nobel Prize Winners Mapped

Whether you’re working on a project for school or need to come up with a data-related analysis for work, BatchGeo can help you easily visualize your data so that you can provide smarter insights. Take Nobel Prize winners, for instance. The winners of the Nobel Prize — also called laureates, which stems from ancient Greece when the laurel wreath was awarded to winners for their honor — come from far and wide, although there are some countries with more Nobel Prize winners than days in a year. Yet, the countries with the most Nobel Prize winners don’t always hold the record for most laureates in each category. Some countries even have a slight advantage, seeing as some of their Nobel Prize winners have won more than one Nobel! Then there are those countries that missed out on adding another tally to their winners’ list because a winner said: “Nah, I don’t really want a Nobel.”

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Check out the map above of the Nobel Prize winners by country, which is just one of the millions of examples of maps you could create in seconds with BatchGeo. Or read on for examples of the insights we were able to pull from the map.

History Lesson Worthy of a Nobel Prize…

Even though there’s no Nobel Prize for History, we thought we’d briefly cover exactly how the Nobel Prize came to be. The prize was first awarded in 1901, but its origin actually came about before that. Alfred Nobel, a Swedish scientist, expressed his desire for the creation of the prizes in his will way back in 1895. Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, and Physiology or Medicine were the original prizes first awarded in 1901. In 1968, the Economic Sciences prize was created. Although not technically a Nobel, it was created in Alfred Nobel’s memory, and so it often gets looped in with the rest of the prizes.

All of the Nobel Prize winners receive a gold medal, a diploma, and a bag of cash. As of 2017, that nice chunk of change is just over one million dollars.

Photo by Robyn Mack

Countries with the Most Nobels

As you can see from the map above if you group by medals, only three countries have won 100 or more Nobel Prizes. So let’s give it up for:

  • Germany
  • the United Kingdom
  • the United States

Germany is a superstar when it comes to producing Nobel Prize winners, having won 108 medals. Thirty-three of those 108 medals are for Chemistry, and another 33 are for Physics. The most famous Nobel Prize winner in Physics was Albert Einstein in 1921. The next most prizes are 25 for Physiology or Medicine. The country has also received 10 medals for Literature, six medals for Peace, and one for Economic Sciences.

The United Kingdom has received 129 medals in total, with 34 of those awards coming from Physiology or Medicine, 31 coming from Chemistry, and 27 from Physics. The U.K. has also been awarded 13 prizes for Literature, another 13 for Peace, and 11 for Economic Sciences. Like Germany, even with the likes of famous British Nobel Prize-winning authors like Rudyard Kipling (1907), T.S. Eliot (1948), and a Prime Minister himself, Winston Churchill (1953), the bulk of the U.K.’s Nobel Prizes come from the hard sciences.

Last but not least is the United States with 371 Nobel Prize winners. Over 100 of the U.S.’s impressively large collection of Nobel Prize winners come as a result of Physiology or Medicine: 104 to be exact. Ninety-nine prizes stem from Physics-related Nobel Prize winners. Seventy-five prizes are for Chemistry, and 58 for Economic Sciences. The U.S. has also brought home 22 Peace Medals, with esteemed winners including Theodore Roosevelt (1906), Woodrow Wilson (1919), Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964), Elie Wiesel (1986), Jimmy Carter (2002), Al Gore (2007), and of course Barack Obama (2009). America also has 13 fine Literature winners like T.S. Eliot (1948), William Faulkner (1949), Ernest Hemingway (1954), John Steinbeck (1962), Toni Morrison (1993), and Bob Dylan (2016).

T.S. Eliot brought home medals that count towards both the U.K. and the U.S.’s grand total. Eliot was born in the United States, but was living and writing in the United Kingdom at the time of the prize’s awarding.

Literature is Literally Hard to Win

It would seem that the top three winners would hold the highest number of medals in each individual category, but that is actually not the case.

France, with 68 medals to its name, is not a top three winner. However, it does have something that none of the above top three winners have, not even the U.S. with its 371 Nobel Prize winners. France has 16 Nobel Prizes in Literature to the U.S.’s 13, the U.K.’s 13, and Germany’s 10 winners.

Double the Nobels

Four Nobel Prize winners have won two separate Nobel Prizes. Marie Curie and her husband won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903, and in 1911 she also received a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Curie is the only person to have received Nobel Prizes in two different sciences.

She is also one of the few female Nobel Prize winners, one of only two in Physics (as of 2014) and four in Chemistry (also as of 2014). As of now, only 48 women have won Nobel Prizes in total, opposed to 844 men, making Curie all the more special.

For Curie, winning Nobel Prizes is a family affair. She’s won two prizes and her husband has won one prize, and their daughter, Irène Joliot-Curie won a Chemistry Nobel Prize just like her mother in 1935. Also, like her mother, Joliot-Curie shared that win with her husband. Marie Curie’s other son-in-law, Henry Labouisse, was the director of UNICEF when the organization was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1965, which Labouisse accepted on UNICEF’s behalf.

In addition to Curie, three other winners can tout multiple prizes. Linus Pauling won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and again in 1962 when he was awarded a Peace Prize. John Bardeen won a Nobel Prize in Physics twice. His first win was in 1956 the second was in 1972. Frederick Sanger won a Chemistry Nobel Prize twice. The first time was in 1958 and he won again in 1980.

In addition to those men and women who have two Nobel Prizes, two organizations have won multiple Nobel Prizes, all for Peace. The Red Cross has won the Peace Prize three different times, in 1917, 1944, and again in 1963. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees won the Peace Prize in 1954 and 1981.

No Thanks, I’ll Pass on A Nobel Prize

On the other end of the Nobel Prize spectrum from those who have won more than once, are those who declined their Nobel Prize. This has only happened twice, but the fact that it has ever happened at all is worth looking into. Both Jean-Paul Sartre and Lê Đức Thọ flat-out refused the honor, although for different reasons.

Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964 but declined the prize because he did not want to be “transformed into an institution, even if it takes place in the most honourable form.” As for Lê Đức Thọ, he declined the Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded for his role in the Paris Peace Accords on the basis that there was not yet peace in Vietnam.

The 20 Noblest Nobelists

Now, all of the over 900 Nobel Prize winners have achieved great things for humankind. Here are some of the most recognizable names:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader and activist
  • Marie Curie, the first Nobel Prize winner to win a second Nobel, and one of two to win in two different fields
  • Mother Teresa, nun and missionary who was declared a saint in 2016
  • Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black President and an anti-apartheid revolutionary and philanthropist
  • Barack Obama, first black President of the U.S.
  • Kofi Annan, civil servant and the seventh Secretary-General of the U.N. from Ghana; died on August 18th, 2018
  • Toni Morrison, Pulitzer (and Nobel) winning novelist and the first black woman to win a Nobel Prize
  • Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, best-selling author, and activist
  • Albert Einstein, physicist and scientist; creator of the theory of relativity and E=MC2
  • 14th (and current) Dalai Lama, political leader opposed to Chinese occupation of Tibet and an activist for peace
  • Desmond Tutu, an anti-apartheid civil rights activist in South Africa
  • Alexander Fleming, the scientist and biologist who discovered penicillin, which paved the way for antibiotics
  • Robert Koch, doctor who founded bacteriology
  • Watson, Crick, & Wilkins, the scientists who discovered the chemical structure of DNA
  • Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the U.S. who helped to establish the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel
  • Ernest Hemingway, American author
  • Al Gore, previous Vice President of the U.S. and global warming activist
  • Bob Dylan, singer and songwriter
  • The Red Cross, three-time Nobel Prize winner

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