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5 Figures That Should Have a Hollywood Treatment

I’ve been lately sucked into the abyss of Listverse, spending hours reading lists which contained anything from creepy serial killers to useless facts about hamburgers. So in the spirit of lists, I thought of creating one myself. Here are five people whose life in my opinion should grace the silver screen.

5. John Maynard Keynes

John Maynard Keynes

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Not only because I love Economics but also that John Maynard Keynes is an interesting figure whose work changed the landscape of economic policymaking during the Second World War. His contributions to modern macroeconomic theory helped put to light the importance of the combined market activities of every economic player in shaping long-term economic well-being. His life, though might put some snores into some, will bring a good view of how the global market was during the Great Depression and how governments tackled the issue of the catastrophic recession by adopting a completely radical approach in policymaking.

4. Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace

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There is something endearing about period films but it could be even more interesting if the heroine is some badass mathematician and programming progenitor. Ada Lovelace is certainly a fit for any computer science aficionado. Her work on the Analytical Engine provided the world with the first algorithm intended for a machine. I’m imagining fabulous nightly balls sprinkled with furious note-taking¬†√† la John Nash in A Beautiful Mind. Just throw in the Keira Knightly and Joe Wright tandem and we’re done!

3. Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus

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Another entry for Economics, Muhammad Yunus is a Nobel-Prize-winning banker whose landmark work on alleviating poverty in Bangladesh created the very existence of microfinancing. Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh to help those who cannot qualify for a conventional loan borrow money virtually free from collateral. He has helped motivate productivity in impoverished towns by simply believing in an individual’s human potential. And his contribution to women’s welfare could also create an excellent nuance to a movie adaptation of his life.

2. Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin

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Who doesn’t know Watson and Crick, the Nobel-Prize-winning duo who introduced the double helix structure of the DNA to the world? Yet a better question would be: Who knows Rosalind Franklin? Unfortunately, it would only be a handful. The woman is practically unknown save for those whose career is built on genetics and the like. Rosalind Franklin dedicated her life to her work on understanding the structure of the DNA. The data she gathered throughout her work were used by Watson and Crick to formally understand the DNA structure. It’s high time for some people to recognize just how much Rosalind Franklin contributed to the understanding of the basic component of life.

1. Alan Turing

Alan Turing

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Finally, the second Computer Science entry to this list, Alan Turing should absolutely have the Hollywood treatment. He was an all-around genius, helping break German codes using the Bombe during the Second World War. He envisioned the first stored-program computer before the computer (as we modern folks know it) was even invented. His work on artificial intelligence paved the way for further research on the field and established the Turing Test as the baseline for determining whether a machine could be considered “intelligent” or not. There is no better time than now to introduce Alan Turing as our society becomes more and more technologically integrated.

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