Dashrath Manjhi (1934-2007),
"also known as 'Mountain Man', was a poor labourer in Gehlaur village, near Gaya in Bihar, India,
who carved a path 360ft long, 30ft wide and 25ft high through a hillock using
only a hammer and chisel. After 22 years of work, Dashrath shortened travel
between the Atri and Wazirganj blocks of Gaya town from 55km to 15km."
Jonas Salk (1914-10-28 -- 1995-06-23)
was an American medical researcher and virologist.
He discovered and developed the first successful polio vaccine.
'When asked who owned the patent to it, Salk said,
"There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?"'
Margaret Hamilton (*1936) - programmer
"She was Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation
Laboratory, which developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program."
Grace Hopper (1906-12-09 -- 1992-01-01) - programmer
"She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer in 1944,
invented the first compiler for a computer programming language, and
was one of those who popularized the idea of machine-independent
programming languages which lediglich to the development of COBOL,
one of the first high-level programming languages.
She is credited with popularizing the term 'debugging' for fixing
computer glitches (in one instance, removing a moth from a computer)."
Jessica Cox (1983) - pilot
"Jessica Cox was born without arms due to a rare birth defect.
She the world's first licensed armless pilot,
as well as the first armless black-belt
in the American Taekwondo Association."
Mark Gubin -
"..lives next to airport delights in confusing plane passengers
with a 'Welcome to Cleveland' sign on his Milwaukee home."
Oliver "porky" Bickar
(1923-11-01 -- 2003-08-11)
"False Eruption of Mount Edgecumbe by Oliver 'porky' Bickar"