What about including inventors:
1. Louis Daguerre - the inventor of the first photograph, the daguerrotype
2. The Wright Brothers - who invented a plane that would develop flight as a reality.
3. Thomas A. Edison - inventor of many, many things. Of course, his light bulb is the most famous.
4. Heinrich Göbel - the inventor of the incandescent light bulb.
Then in the United States, there are the famous forefathers of this country:
1. George Washington - Great general of the Revolution; first President of the U.S.
2. Thomas Jefferson - tremendous statesman, briliant philosopher; president of the country
3. Benjamin Franklin - phenomenal statesman, ambassador, inventor, author, philosopher
4. Thomas Paine - author of The Rights of Man, Common Sense, The Age of Reason, Paine was a great mind whose thoughts were so revered that they were included in the formation of French revolutionary thought. He was also an inventor.
5. Patrick Henry - a Colonist who defines American patriotism and courage.
Finally, a famous humanitarian, Mother Teresa.