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Unappreciated in their lifetime

  1. Mar 3, 2010 #1
    Vincent van Gogh comes to mind as someone who gained fame only after their death. What others can you think of?
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    Reminds me of ..

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    People who were only appreciated after death... Socrates comes to mind. Remember, in his time, he was viciously murdered for disagreeing with the government.
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    J.S Bach.

    By the time of his death, his son's were more famous than he; not to say he was unknown.
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    I wouldn't say viciously murdered...
    As the quote by him goes: 'The unexamined life is not worth living.' He chose death over giving up his practice of philosophy, namely forcing people to examine their own lives; he chose to die by hemlock.

    But contributing to the thread:
    Composer Franz Schubert and American Physicist Robert Goddard.
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    He was sentenced to death by a tribunal, hence this is a form of legal homicide.

    Philosophical wording that he "choose death" are only dust in the eye of beholder.

    The truth is that he was condemned to death, and executed. For the crime of speaking his mind.
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    Galois didn't really give society enough time to be able to appreciate him.

    Similar, but different: Turing.
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    Charles Darwin
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    What about most of the women who did important work in science during the first part of the 20th century?E.g. the women in 'Pickering's Harem' (as they were known).

    (Although some of the them DID get recognized towards the end of their lives)
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    Then there were the multitude of prehistoric people unsung for many of the great inventions.
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    Second condition in the OP:
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    Also, don't forget all of the men and women who became famous because of their deaths... they weren't appreciated in their lifetime either.

    Guy Fawkes, for example.
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    Wow, you're dead?

    Considering the emoticon you put up, what's it like in heaven?
  20. Mar 4, 2010 #19
    Its not bad, you get unlimited chocolate. But its kinda cold.
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