Monday, November 8, 2010

The Mormon "100"

Billy Barty
Here’s a list that requires a little understanding before reading and quoting.  It’s a list of the 100 Latter-day Saints who have had the most influence on the world.  They are not necessarily famous, heroic, celebrities or “big deals”.  They might not be generally well-known, liked, or had a high or continuing level of church “activity’. and their influence was judged as to its impact on the world and not just on the Church.  Remember, however, since the Church membership is close to 14 million, that is no small influence.  
Though we do claim them, the “Mormon 100” lists no one who died before 1830’s official organization of the Church.  
We are also instructed to not quibble too much about the rankings.  
BTW, Mattie Hughes Cannon was one of my great grandfather’s wives, and I have it in writing she was jealous of my great grandmother!

1. Philo Farnsworth - inventor of the television
2. Joseph Smith, Jr. - founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
3. Brigham Young - 2nd President/Prophet of the Church; led Saints to Utah
4. Marvin Harris - inventor of the transistor radio
5. Alan Ashton - inventor of the modern word processor
6. Nolan Bushnell - Father of Video Games; inventor of "Pong"
7. Harvey Fletcher - inventor of the hearing aid, stereophonic sound, the audiometer, more than 20 other inventions
8. William Clayton - inventor of the odometer
9. Jonathan Browning - revolutionary gunsmith; inventor of the repeating rifle
10. John Moses Browning - revolutionary gunsmith; inventor of the automatic shotgun and many other developments
11. Lester Wire - inventor of the electric traffic light
12. John Taylor - 3rd President of the Church
13. Alvino Rey - inventor of the electric guitar
14. John Gilbert - silent film star
15. Thomas Stockham - father of digital sound recording (CDs, DVDs); led the 1974 technological effort to recover sound from the 18-minute gap in Nixon's White House tapes
16. Paul Boyer - received Nobel Prize for describing the mechanism of ATP synthesis
17. Ezra Taft Benson - 13th President of the Church; U.S. secretary of agriculture
18. Lino Brocka - most influential filmmaker in the history of the Philippines
Which of these individuals are among the 100 most influential Latter-day Saints of all time?
Emma Smith - wife of Joseph Smith
Eldridge Cleaver - Black Power revolutionary
Drew Major - inventor of NetWare -- corporate computer network; founder of Novell
Esther E. Peterson - one of America's most effective consumer and women's rights advocates; establish such regulations and practices as truth-in-advertising, truth-in-packaging, nutritional labeling, and unit pricing
Stephen R. Covey - author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Gordon B. Hinckley - 15th President of the Church
James Cruze - Hollywood film director
Lorenzo Snow - 5th President of the Church
George Romney - President of American Motors; governor of Michigan
Gerald ("Jerry") Molen - movie producer
Emmeline Woodward Wells - an early leader of the women's rights movement
Joe Hill - labor organizer
Spencer W. Kimball - 12th President of the Church
Don Bluth - director of animated films
Ab Jenkins - "Mormon Meteor"; race car driver, designer; held world land speed records between 1932-56
Alex Oblad - fundamental work in catalysis and contributions to the production of high octane gasoline and synthetic ammonia
Alma Richards - Track and field star; first Utahn to win a gold medal in the Olympics (1912, Stockholm); In all, won 63 national and regional championships
Anne Osborn Poelman - author of the definitive textbook in neuroradiology
Anne Perry - mystery writer
Arthur Henry King - scholar
Avard T. Fairbanks - sculptor
Billy Barty - actor; founder of Little People of America
Bruce R. McConkie - apostle, author
Carlyle Harmon - major improvements in disposable diapers
Colin Low - Canadian documentary filmmaker and IMAX technology pioneer
Cynthia Garner - first woman to appear on Fortune Magazine's cover
Danny Ainge - pro basketball player
Dave Wolverton - science fiction writer, long-time head of the Writers of the Future contest
David O. McKay - 9th President of the Church
Donny and Marie Osmond - entertainers
E. Park Guyman - developed a patented solvent extraction process that has the potential to convert American tar sands into billions of barrels of high grade asphalt and crude oil
Earl Douglass - Geologist, dinosaur fossil hunter
Ed "Big Daddy" Roth - Hot rod designer and creator of anti-hero, pop culture icon "Rat Fink"
Edwin Catmull - computer animation pioneer; co-founder of Pixar
Ellis Reynolds Shipp - one of Utah's most distinguished leaders in the practice and teaching of medicine
Elouise M. Bell - English professor and literary scholar
Emerson Tippetts - contributions to synthetic textiles
Eugene England - literary critic; English professor; pioneer in study of Mormon letters
Ewart Swinyard - developed drugs to suppress epilepsy
Fawn Brodie - author of No Man Knows My History
Forrest S. Baker III - film producer; founder of Feature Films for Families
Gene Fullmer - boxer, held Middleweight titles in 1957, '59
George Albert Smith - 8th President of the Church
George Hill - coal research including development directed toward the transformation of coal for liquid automobile fuel
Gideon O. Burton - English professor and literary critic
Gladys Knight - singer
Glen A. Larson - television producer
Harold B. Lee - 11th President of the Church
Harvey Greenfield - member of the Jarvik-7 team that developed first artificial heart
Heber J. Grant - 7th President of the Church
Henry Eyring - chemist and researcher noted for work in molecular reactions; received highest awards in chemistry, including Joseph Priestly Medal and the Wolf Prize
Homer Warner - development of computer sciences to a fine art in medical diagnosis, particularly for heart ailments
Howard W. Hunter - 14th President of the Church
Hyrum Smith - founder of Franklin (as in Day Planners) and partner in Franklin-Covey
Ina Coolbrith - California's first poet laureatte
Ivy Baker Priest - U.S. Treasurer, whose signature appeared on U.S. currency from 1953 to 1961
J. Edwin Seegmiller - helped develop amniocentesis, to learn about the health of fetuses
J. Willard Marriott - hotelier
Jack Anderson - Washington muckraker; Pulitzer prize winner
James T. Fletcher was appointed twice to be Director of NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) by Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan
Jean Westwood - first woman to serve as chairperson of the National Democratic Party
Jim Parkin - pioneered artificial ears through cochlear implants
John Bennion - English professor and author; "Burial Pool"; Breeding Leah and Other Stories
John Dixon - pioneered laser surgery
Johnny Miller - PGA golfer; won 24 major tournaments; in golf Hall of Fame; Designs golf courses
Jon Huntsman - billionaire industrialist
Joseph F. Smith - 6th President of the Church
Joseph Fielding Smith - 10th President of the Church
Kathleen Burton Clarke - first woman director of the Bureau of Land Management
Kieth Merrill - Latter-day Saint filmmaker and early IMAX pioneer
Kim L. O'Neill - patent in 1997, monoclonal antibody that quickly, accurately and inexpensively detects cancer at early stages, by measuring Thymidine Kinase 1 (TK1)
Laraine Day - actress
Marie Windsor - actress; a director of the Screen Actors Guild for 25 years; founder of the Screen Actors Guild Film Society
Marriner S. Eccles - Banker; helped create World Bank and International Monetary Fund as well as structure the Federal Reserve System; Federal Reserve Building in Washington, D.C., is named after him
Martha Hughes Cannon - first woman elected as a state senator in the United States
Mary Lythgoe Bradford - author and essayist
Melvin Cook - development of slurry blasting agents which have replaced dynamite
Michael Austin - literary critic; teaches Eighteenth-Century British Literature, World Literature, and Rhetoric at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia; has written about Mormon literature
Milton Wadsworth - new methods for the beneficiation of minerals
Mitt Romney - director of SLC Olympics and Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts
Nephi Anderson - (1865-1923) the most prominent fiction writer of the "Home Literature" period of Mormon Literature. Author of Added Upon (1898); Dorian; John St. John; Marcus King, Mormon, more
Orson Scott Card - writer
Paula Hawkins - first woman senator from Florida
Pete Harman - co-founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken
Randy Bachman - rock musician, of Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Guess Who
Raymond F. Jones - popular Campbell-era science fiction writer
Reva Beck Bosone - (1895 - 1983) first woman member of U.S. Congress from Utah
Rhonda Fleming - actress, philanthropist
Richard Dutcher - filmmaker
Richard Rich - animation director
Richard Thomas - head of the National Academy of Science Committee on Toxicology
Sarah Melissa Granger Kimball - (1818-1898) Early suffragist and women's rights activist
Scott Woodward - selected by the Egyptian government to study the DNA and lineage of Egyptian mummies
Sheri Dew - CEO of Deseret Book; member of Relief Society First Presidency
Sterling Van Wagenen - filmmaker and film teacher; co-founder of Sundance Film Festival
Suzanne Bransford Emery Holmes Delitch Engalitcheff - socialite
Terry Moore - actress; USO star; wife of Howard Hughes
Terry Tempest Williams - environmentalist, writer
Tracy Hall - synthesis of diamonds
Tracy Hickman - fantasy author; co-author of the popular Dragonlance series
Waldemar Young - Hollywood screenwriter
Wayne Quinton - developing artificial kidneys
Wilbert L. Gore - Developed waterproof fabric Goretex.
Wilford Woodruff - 4th President of the Church
Willam F. Christensen - Ballet choreographer and company director; founder of Ballet West; choreographed more than 50 ballets, including the first "Nutcracker"
Yuki Saito - Japanese singer/actress
Four BYU music students invented LAN or Local Area Networking which spawned Novell becoming an international leader in networking software
Zenna Henderson - early female science fiction writer
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