384 B.C.


322 B.C.

Best known for

Philosophical Ideas and Scientific Discoveries of His Time


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If I were Aristotle, I would wonder…

  1. How can I use mathematics to prove things in nature?
  2. How can I expand my knowledge of the known world?
  3. How can I make people see the world differently?

The greatest challenge Aristotle faced was…

Being a strong believer of his new philosophical views when his teacher was strongly against his beliefs

He overcame that challenge by…

Keeping with his beliefs and not giving into peer pressure

Our favorite quote by Aristotle

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Aristotle’s 3 greatest achievements:

  1. Using mathematics to prove whether something is true or false
  2. Creating many theories of life and human nature
  3. Defining infinity, not as a number, but as a possible outcome

Three of Aristotle’s personality traits:

  1. Philosophical
  2. Patient
  3. Analytical

3 ways that I am just like him:

  1. I always stop to think before I act
  2. I use math outside of the classroom
  3. I think outside the box

M.C. Escher



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June 17th, 1898


March 27th, 1972

Best known for

Being one of the world’s most famous graphic artists and creating depictions of impossible realities


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If I were M.C. Escher, I would wonder…

  1. What is our reality based on?
  2. How can I push myself to be better?
  3. How can I make people see the world differently?

The greatest challenge M.C. Escher faced was…

Trying to make a living when he was unable to join the military or go to school.

He overcame that challenge by…

Continuing to find an education and making more woodcuts and drawings.

Our favorite quote by M.C. Escher

“Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement… let me go upstairs and check”

M.C. Escher’s 3 greatest achievements:

  1. Becoming one of the world’s most famous artists for his great mathematical prints
  2. Changing how people perceive the world
  3. Persevering through hard times

Three of M.C. Escher’ personality traits:

  1. Creative
  2. Determined
  3. Analytical

3 ways that I am just like him:

  1. I always try my hardest
  2. I use math everyday
  3. I like to be creative and think outside the box

Some of his most famous works of art:

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Bill Gates


October 28th, 1955 in Seattle, Washington


Still Alive

Best known for

His world known company, MicroSoft, and for once being the richest man in the world.


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If I were Bill Gates, I would…

  1. Never give up
  2. Spend all of my free time making computer programs
  3. Be competitive and always try to improve myself

The greatest challenge Bill Gates faced was…

Getting computer time so he could make new programs and become software genius.

He overcame that challenge by…

Finding ways to gain access to the computer, like by finding a bug and gaining free computer time.

Our favorite quote by Bill Gates

“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”

Bill Gates’s 3 greatest achievements:

  1. Created MicroSoft, a multibillion dollar company!
  2. Becoming the richest man in the world at age 39
  3. Created the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that focuses on solving the world’s health and education problems

Three of Gates’ personality traits.

  1. Competitive
  2. Perseverance
  3. Helpful

3 ways that I am just like him.

  1. I love to learn the computer programming language
  2. I am very competitive and always strive to succeed
  3. I am generous

George Washington Carver


January 1864


January 5th, 1943

Best known for

His crop research and many “peanut discoveries”


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The greatest challenge Carver faced was…

Racial Segregation. Carver was often ignored, rejected, and ridiculed just because of his skin color.

He overcame that challenge by…

Not being discouraged. Carver kept searching until he found universities and peers that would appreciate his talent, regardless of his race.

Our favorite quotes by George Washington Carver

“One reason I never patent my products is that if I did it would take so much time, I would get nothing else done. But mainly I don’t want my discoveries to benefit specific favored persons.”
“Lose, if need be, without squealing. Win without bragging. Be too brave to lie. Be too generous to cheat. Take your share of the world and let others take theirs.”

George Washington Carver’s 3 greatest achievements:

  1. He developed the method of crop rotation, a practice that is now used world wide!
  2. His work with peanuts and sweet potatoes shaped many of the traditional southern dishes we see today.
  3. He was a member of the Royal Academy of Arts

Three of George’s personality traits.

  1. Hard-working
  2. Persistent
  3. Kind

3 ways that I am just like him.

  1. I like to invent new things
  2. I search for opportunities, even if they are hard to find
  3. I would like to make discoveries that could help all of humanity

Stephen Hawking


January 8th, 1942


Still living

Best known for

Exploring the nature of black holes


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The greatest challenge Stephen Hawking faced was…

His physical limitations caused by Lou Gehrig’s disease. Hawking didn’t just lose his ability to walk, he also lost his ability to speak and even feed himself.

He overcame that challenge by…

Adapting to each new obstacle the disease caused. He started by learning to move around in a wheelchair. Eventually he learned to speak again by using his cheek muscles to type words into a special computer that spoke for him.

Our favorite quotes by Stephen Hawking

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”

Stephen Hawking’s 3 greatest achievements:

  1. He continued to research and study the universe, even through his terrible disease.
  2. He was named a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
  3. His research has greatly expanded what we know about black holes today.

One thing we were surprised to learn about Stephen Hawking was that…

Although Hawking is British, the computer voice he uses has an American accent.  Even when the computer software company came out with a British accent voice, Stephen said he could never change the voice he had come to love as his own.

Three of Hawking’s personality traits.

  1. Resilient
  2. Curious
  3. Innovative

3 ways that I am just like him.

  1. I don’t give up on challenges. I adapt and work through them.
  2. Even the greatest difficulties in life could never stop my curiosity.
  3. I often wonder about black holes and the universe.

J.K. Rowling


July 31, 1965


Still living

Best known for:

Writing the Harry Potter fantasy series.


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The greatest challenge J.K. Rowling faced was…

the hardship she experienced as a single mother, living on welfare, getting her master’s degree, and all the while, still trying to become a writer!

She overcame that challenge by…

staying positive and making the best of her situation.  She never let poverty discourage her.  As for being a single mother AND a writer, Rowling did her typing in cafes, while her infant daughter slept beside her.

Our favorite quotes by J.K. Rowling

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

J.K. Rowling’s 3 greatest achievements:

  1. She wrote the Harry Potter books.  One of which became the fasted selling book of all time!
  2. Her books were later turned into movies, which became the highest grossing film franchise of all time!
  3. She now donates her time and money to many charities, including organizations that help single mothers get out of poverty, just like she did.

One thing we were surprised to learn about J.K. Rowling was that…

J. K. Rowling doesn’t have a middle name! She was originally going to publish under the name Joanne Rowling, but her publishers didn’t think young boys would want to read a book by a woman.  They told her to use two initials instead, so Rowling picked the middle initial “K” for her grandmother Kathleen.

Three of Rowling’s personality traits.

  1. Optimistic
  2. Determined
  3. Kindhearted

3 ways that I am just like her.

  1. I know that by staying positive, I can overcome any disappointment in life.
  2. I find time to do the things I love, even if I am very busy.
  3. I like to imagine and write magical stories (and sometimes I wish I had magic!)

Walt Disney


December 5th, 1901 in Chicago, IL


December 15th, 1966

Best known for:

His influence on the field of entertainment since founding The Walt Disney Company and the creation of Mickey Mouse


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If I were Walt Disney I would…

1. Never give up on my dreams
2. Spend all of my time drawing and doodling
3. Think of all kinds of ways to make people laugh and smile

The greatest challenge Walt Disney faced was…

his first business, Laugh-O-Grams Studio ended in bankruptcy

He overcame that challenge by…

never giving up! He went to Hollywood to pursue his dream.

Our favorite quote by Walt Disney.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney’s 3 greatest achievements:

  1. Earned 22 Academy Awards – more than anyone else in history!
  2. Won 3 Oscars and has a star on Hollywood Blvd.
  3. Changed the world of entertainment forever by produced the first animated cartoon with sound and color.  Also produced the first full length animated feature – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Produced the first full length film combining real life and animation – Mary Poppins.

One thing we were surprised to learn about Walt Disney was that…

Despite success and popularity of his first business, Laugh-O-Grams Studio, it ended in bankruptcy.  He dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to enlist in the military, but was rejected due to his age and so he became an ambulance driver.

Three of Disney’s personality traits.

  1. Optimistic
  2. Persistent
  3. Motivated

3 ways that I am just like him.

  1. Positive
  2. Driven
  3. I like to make people smile

Sophie Germain


April 1st, 1776


June 27th, 1831

Best known for:

Her work on the Theory of Elasticity


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If I were Sophie Germain I would wonder about…

1. Why rubber stretches, but glass breaks
2. How foam returns to the same shape after you squeeze it
3. What are the physical properties of Jell-O

The greatest challenge Sophie Germain faced was…

the discrimination she faced as a woman. Sophie wasn’t allowed to go to college, and people often didn’t take her seriously, all because she was female.

She overcame that challenge by…

Teaching herself mathematics, reading college lecture notes, and even writing to professors using a man’s name!

Our favorite quote by Sophie Germain:

The more one reflects, the more one acknowledges that necessity governs the world. At each new progress of science, that which seemed contingent is recognized as being necessary. Multiple relations are established between the branches that we had thought to be separate; we observe laws where we had thought there were only accidental events. We approach more and more the unity of being…

Sophie Germain’s 3 greatest achievements:

  1. She taught herself difficult math like Calculus, without ever going to college
  2. She was the first woman to win an award from the Paris Academy of Sciences
  3. She came up with theories in science and math that are still used today

One thing we were surprised to learn about Sophie Germain was that…

She developed all of her mathematical theories without ever going to college!

Three of Germain’s personality traits.

  1. Knowledge Hungry
  2. Persistent
  3. Not easily discouraged

3 ways that I am just like her.

  1. I like to teach myself new things
  2. I’m always looking for ways to be a better mathematician.
  3. I am not afraid to work hard to reach my goals.

Albert Einstein


March 14th, 1879 in Germany


April 18th, 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey

Best known for:

Developing the general theory of relativity and E = mc²


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If I were Albert Einstein I would wonder about…

1. How the needle inside a compass moves
2. How fast light travels and if anything can travel faster than light
3.How gravity works in the universe

The greatest challenge Albert Einstein faced was…

being able to develop meaningful relationships with his wife and children.  Einstein had a difficult time putting anything or anyone above his work and career.

The outcome of that challenge was…

that his first marriage ended in divorce.  When he was living in the U.S. his wife and children moved to Switzerland and he never saw them again because he put his career as a higher priority than his family.

Our favorite quotes by Albert Einstein.

“I have no special talents.  I am only passionately curious.”

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”

Albert Einstein’s 3 greatest achievements:

  1. Won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921
  2. Received honorary doctorate degrees in science, medicine and philosophy
  3. His name “Einstein” is now considered to be synonymous with “genius”

One thing we were surprised to learn about Albert Einstein was that…

He didn’t speak until he was 3 years old and performed poorly in school.  His teacher’s originally thought he was stupid when he would take a long time to respond to questions, but really he would be thinking deeply about things. He would develop questions that would stump his teachers.

Three of Einstein’s personality traits.

  1. Inquisitive
  2. Dedicated / focused
  3. Courageous

3 ways that I am just like him.

  1. I am committed / devoted to the work I do
  2. I am curious about how things work
  3. I stand up for what I believe in