The Visionaries - Our Role Models

Stephen Hawking+

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British physicist Stephen Hawking is one of the most world-renowned of modern physicists. His theories have provided deep insights into the connections between quantum physics and relativity, including how those concepts might be united in explaining fundamental questions related to the development of the universe and the formation of black holes. In addition to being a keen mind within physics, he has gained respect throughout the world as a science communicator.

The achievements are impressive enough on their own, but at least part of the reason he is so universally respected is that he was able to accomplish them while suffering the severe debility of the disease ALS, which should have been fatal decades ago, according to the average prognosis of the condition.

He predicts exponential growth in Artificial Intelligence related applications very soon. Our respect to his capacity to foresee light years ahead make us to accept him as one of World Genius Council’s role model.

Ratan Tata+

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Ratan Tata is one of the leading Indian industrialists, ex- Chairman of the largest Indian conglomerate, Tata Group of Companies. He currently holds the post of Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group which controls some of the major companies including Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Consultancy Services, Indian Hotels and Tata Teleservices.

He started as a fellow worker on the shop floor at Tata Steel and gained an insight about his family business. After the retirement of J.R.D. Tata, he became the new Chairman of the Tata Group.

He was instrumental in the acquisition of Tetley, Jaguar Land Rover and Corus, which turned Tata from a major India-Centric company to a global brand name. Apart from expanding his multinational, he has also served in various capacities in organizations in India and abroad. He is also a leading philanthropist and more than half of his share in the group is invested in charitable trusts. Through his pioneering ideas and positive outlook, he continues to serve as a guiding force for his conglomerate even after retirement.

His caliber in the decision making process, reputation management policies and simplicity ahead make us to accept him as one of World Genius Council’s role model.

K V Inasu+

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Inasu was very firm in his calibrated and precise decisions which he used to take considering even the remotest resultant impacts. He was a respected philanthropist and always proclaimed that one has to learn always from others.

The application of logic in every decision marks the unknown influence of science in daily life when strict discipline is respected. He was very strict to perform his own duties before he ask for his rights. Inasu deserves all the appreciation that he was a role model to all the people who proved that when you perform your duties, you need not ask, your rights will serve you.

He was the master of martial arts and a devotee for it. In fact his role in martial art gave his strong and structured base in practical life.

Rabindranath Tagore+

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Rabindranath Tagore, one of the epoch-making figures of the twentieth century, is one of the most widely acclaimed wordsmiths of India. Often hailed as Gurudev or the poet of poets, Tagore, through the sheer brilliance of his narratives and incommensurable poetic flair, laid an ineffaceable impression on the minds of his readers.

A child prodigy, Tagore, showed a penchant for literature, art and music from a very young age and in due course of time, produced an extraordinary body of work which changed the face of Indian literature. However, he was not just a mere poet or writer; he was the harbinger of an era of literature which elevated him to the stature of the cultural ambassador of India. Even today, decades after his death, this saint-like man, lives through his works in the hearts of the people of Bengal who are forever indebted to him for enriching their heritage.

He was the most admired Indian writer who introduced India’s rich cultural heritage to the West and was the first non-European to be bestowed the prestigious Nobel Prize.

Galileo Galilei+

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Galileo Galilei, the Father of Modern Science, was a Mathematics Professor who made pioneering observations of nature with long lasting implications for the study of physics. He also constructed a telescope and supported the Copernican theory, which supports a sun-centered solar system.

Armed with high intelligence and talent, he soon became fascinated with many subjects, particularly mathematics and physics. Galileo continued to study mathematics, supporting himself with minor teaching positions. During this time he began his two-decade study on objects in motion and published The Little Balance, describing the hydrostatic principles of weighing small quantities, which brought him some fame.

Galileo began to express openly his support of the Copernican theory that the earth and planets revolved around the sun. This challenged the doctrine of Aristotle and the established order set by the Catholic Church.

Pope John Paul II expressed regret about how the Galileo affair was handled. Galileo's contribution to our understanding of the universe was significant not only in his discoveries, but in the methods he developed and the use of mathematics to prove them.

Samuel Smiles+

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Samuel Smiles is still well known today as a writer and moralist. His works have always reflected the spirit of his age. This essay, - The Art of Living is an excerpt from Chapter XVI of his book Thrift (1875). Arguing for the importance of the seeing eye and the feeling heart which are an ingredient of good taste, the essay also celebrates the eminent household qualifications like Prudence, Punctuality and Perseverance, which eventually result in peace, comfort and domestic prosperity.

The Art of Living is the art of turning the means of living to the best account – in short, it is the art of making the best of everything. It is the art of extracting from life its highest enjoyment, and, thereby reaching its highest results.

Like poetry and painting, the art of living comes chiefly by nature; but everyone can cultivate and develop it. It can be encouraged and developed by parents and teachers, and perfected by self-culture. Without intelligence, it cannot exist.

Take two men of equal means – one of whom knows the art of living, and the other does not. For the former, life has a deep meaning and performs his duties which are satisfactory to his conscience. He improves upon himself, helps to elevate the depressed classes, and is active in every good work. His hand is never tired and his mind is never weary.

For these reasons, Samuel Smiles argues that it is worth every man’s while to study the importance of the Art of Living, which is the art of extracting from life its highest enjoyment, and through it, of reaching the highest results.

Albert Einstein +

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"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."

The German born theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, had great influence on the philosophy of science, and is best known for his most famous equation – mass energy equivalence formula.

Albert Einstein holds great compassion and seeks to be of service to others. He is a healer, and capable of giving comfort to those in need - he will frequently offer a shoulder for others to cry on. But actually, Albert's mission in life is to develop the tools that allow him to be truly helpful to others rather than just a sympathetic ear. Albert Einstein must find the balance between help and interference, and the delicate art of the counselor who knows when to leave the struggle to others and when to avoid taking away the necessary experiences and lessons of life.

It is in Einstein's nature to take on responsibility, to fill the void left by others, and to not turn away from personal sacrifice, albeit at times, he may feel overburdened by the travails of others. However, the love others bestow upon him is his well-deserved reward.

Albert Einstein is blessed with musical talent, as well as in the visual and performing arts, and can be successful in a number of artistic fields - even when experiencing inability to fully recognize his own talents. He also has enormous talent in business, and his great deal of charm and charisma can be used effectively to attract the people and support he needs. He was a multi-faceted personality with full of energy.