Publications, Lectures and Other Stuff
Steven Skiena and Charles Ward have attempted to measure fame (= gravitas + celebrity) by using various metrics based on Wikipedia. They then calculate ‘significance’ (= lasting fame?) by factoring in a time factor based on Google’s Ngram. Unsurprisingly, the results have a strong American/Anglophone bias (Their Top 20 includes 3 US Presidents).
Apparently the most significant economists were Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Malthus, John Maynard Keynes, and David Ricardo; the leading.military leaders were Napoleon, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, and Oliver Cromwell; and the literary giants Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, and Voltaire. It reminds me of the popularity of lists and the problems of ranks.
BTW, I saw an interesting reference to ‘Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books’: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/331/6014/176