Classroom Quiz – What are these people famous for?

Classroom Quiz – What are these people famous for?

Amazing People Worldwide’s digital online library is home to the world’s largest collection of inspirational stories and biographies about amazing people, from Walt Disney, to Marie Curie, and Shakespeare to Helen Keller. These biographical interviews are written in the first person and give a very personal perspective on what motivated and influenced these amazing individuals.

Below we have selected 11 amazing individuals whose ideas, inventions and products they produced, changed the way we lived.

Take this list of names and create a class project where students try to identify what they are known for. Not all of those listed will be instantly recognised by your students. Let’s see how they go identifying them and what they are famous for! 

For those they don’t know, they can research and write one page about their life and achievements.

  • Christopher Sholes
  • Charles Babbage
  • Beulah Henry
  • John Logie Baird
  • Isambard Brunel
  • Gordon Gould
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Johannes Gutenberg
  • James Harrison
  • Thomas Newcomen
  • William Shockley

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This class activity will allow students to delve into the great minds of these forward thinking people. When problems crop up, we need solutions. When something needs to be improved, or made more efficient, we need innovative ideas and positive action. 

Your students can learn a lot from some of the world’s most celebrated and diverse individuals whose inspirational life stories we remember in our digital library.

What is a BioView®?

  • A BioView® is a short biographical story, similar to an interview, about an amazing person
  • These stories offer an inspirational way of learning about people who made major contributions to our world
  • The unique format and flow enables each person’s story to come alive, as if it is being personally told to you, and reflects their interests, emotions and passions

You will find their amazing BioView stories, along with a list of the worl’ds most incredible achievers in our on-line digital library!

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National Inventors Day – can you match the quotes?

National Inventors Day – can you match the quotes?

President Ronald Reagan 1983 – “The Congress has designated February 11, as National Inventors’ Day in recognition of the enormous contribution inventors made to the nation and the world”.

Thomas Edison 1901

Observed on the anniversary of Thomas Edison’s birthday (1847), this day celebrates inventions such as, bobbin-free sewing machine (Beulah Henry), Velcro (George de Mestral), the television (John Logie Baird),  the telephone (Alexander Graham Bell), the first computer (Charles Babbage), hair products (Madam CJ Walker) and of course the phonograph and the electric light bulb (Thomas Edison).


Thanks to inventors we can be in contact with people all over the world, flick a switch and have light, use refrigeration to keep food from spoiling, stay dry under an umbrella, fly around the world…and watch television! Some inventions were as a result of pure luck, however, these amazing inventors knew what they had stumbled across. One such example is that of George de Mestral. Whilst walking in the woods, the burrs stuck on his clothes and his dog. From this he developed Velcro! 

See if you can match the quote to the amazing inventors below and then…what did they discover?

aMadam CJ WalkebHenry Bessemer cThomas Edison dRobert Koch eAlexander Graham Bell f. Charles Babbage

  1. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” 
  2. “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them”.
  3. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us”.
  4. “For one person who is blessed with the power of invention, many will always be found who have the capacity of applying principles.”
  5. “I had an immense advantage over many others dealing with the problem in as much as I had no fixed ideas derived from long-established practice to control and bias my mind, and did not suffer from the general belief that whatever is, is right.”
  6. “If my efforts have led to greater success than usual, this is due, I believe, to the fact that during my wanderings in the field of medicine, I have strayed onto paths where the gold was still lying by the wayside. It takes a little luck to be able to distinguish gold from dross, but that is all.”

You will find their amazing BioView stories, along with a list of the worl’ds most incredible achievers in our on-line digital library!

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Charles Dickens – Literary legend!

Charles Dickens – Literary legend!

“No-one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.”

So, said the great writer Charles Dickens. He would have known for he walked the streets of London during the mid 19th century, seeing the poverty and destitution. As a result, he wrote compelling novels like Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. He was born in 1812 and his birthday is celebrated on February 7th.

We are all the product of the times in which we live. Dickens recorded with chilling clarity the vicious and violent world that he found in what was called a civilized country.Yes, he knew what he was writing about, as he had seen the inside of prison at the age of 12. His father was sent to jail for debt and the family went with him. As a result, Charles was sent to work in a dirty rat infested factory to earn a living for the family. It was the start of an amazing career.

Although having to leave school early in order to work, Charles Dickens developed his ability to write and expose the social injustices that he discovered.Therefore, as we celebrate his birthday and his valuable contribution to literature, let us also remember the causes he supported, especially the protection of children in need and their development through education.

Known as one of the most popular English novelists of all time, the magic of Dickens has touched many hearts and his legacy lives on today in film, on stage and in print.

Dr Charles Margerison has written about Charles Dickens in a personal way through his innovative BioView story. Our on-line digital library holds the most amazing stories about inspirational people like nurse Edith Cavell,  revolutionary leader Che Guevara, heart transplant surgeon Dr Christiaan Barnard and many, many more. All written in a way that they bring their story to you! 

What do your students really know about Charles Dickens?

  • Where was Charles born in London?
  • Why was Charles unable to attend school?
  • In 1827 Charles became a junior ‘what’…….
  • In the early years of writing, what was his ‘pen’ name?
  • In what year did Charles write Great Expectations?

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February is Black History Month – Meet three amazing individuals!

February is Black History Month – Meet three amazing individuals!

In conjunction with BLACK HISTORY MONTH, we introduce three amazing individuals who truly believed in freedom, achievement and self-worth. Most certainly they believed in equality!

Frederick Douglass was also born in the month of February. He had much respect for the work and convictions of Harriet Tubman. He wrote to Harriet and in his letter he praised her, “I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than you have”. Frederick had much to say when he gained the freedom to do so!

It was amazing people like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth that made great sacrifices and played a vital role in the fight that led to the end slavery in America.


“I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t’t do the things I wanted” – Frederick Douglass

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world” – Harriet Tubman

“Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other” – Sojourner Truth

Join Frederick Douglass on his journey from slavery to freedom, from the plantation fields in Maryland to the streets of New York City and appointments to several political positions. In fact, he was nominated for Vice President of the United States in the 1872 elections! Frederick was the first African-American to be nominated.

What do you know about Harriet Tubman? Embark on a captivating history story like no other and visit Harriet and find out more about her amazing life. Born into slavery, Harriet became an abolitionist and humanitarian and went on to become a source of inspiration to others.


Sojourner Truth exemplified courage and determination. She was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist and her story is one of great hardship and perseverance, proving her ability to overcome any barriers.

You have the opportunity to join our digital on-line library and find out ore about their selfless and inspirational life stories through our unique BioView’s.

 So teachers and parents, remember these incredible Americans throughout February and let their voices be heard. Students will discover inspiring life stories and personal achievements. They understood only too well the importance of freedom and they dedicated their lives fighting for it, thus changing the lives of so many.


Our inspirational stories are an absorbing, interesting and effective way for all of us to reinforce our work ethics, to develop better career strategies and to enhance our personal lives.

This newly-developed concept in storytelling offers unique insights into how amazing people converted their opportunities into achievements.  Featuring historical celebrities as well as lesser-known names, this extensive digital story collection can inspire and motivate people to achieve their own ambitions in life.

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How Managers Use CPS


How Managers Use CPS

By Dr Charles Margerison©

Psychologist, Amazing People Worldwide.

Henry Ford is renowned for changing the speed and quantity of car production, by introducing an assembly-line work simplification process. Steve Jobs is recognised for his development of computers that make the understanding and organization of business and personal information easier.

Five Key Skills

Ray Kroc           Walt Disney        Coco Chanel          Henry Ford

They did so, in cooperation with others, through communication and problem solving. Like all managers, they worked with teams to achieve a more effective way of working. But, what are the key skills involved that all managers and team leaders can use?

Following research on the work of over 500 amazing achievers, I have identified five key skills that all mangers and team leaders need in order to be successful. These cover the areas of communication and problem solving and are therefore called the Five Key CPS skills, and can be seen in the following model.

The CPS Diamond Model is now used widely by managers and team leaders to guide their work with individuals and groups. It provides a common language and process for all involved, in moving from problems to solutions via discussions and decisions.

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The five skills that all managers and team leaders can develop are – 

 Enquiry skills focus on the ability to establish important questions and to find relevant information.
• Diagnostic skills refer to the ability to interpret information to identify causes and consequences.
• Summarizing skills are very important in meetings to ensure people have a sound understanding of the issues.
• Proposing skill help move discussions forward in order to test options and work toward solutions.
• Coordinating skills are vital to ensure action is taken and followed through to gain effective solutions.

Some people are good at Enquiry but not as strong on Coordinating solutions. Another person may be good at coming up with Proposals on ideas, but may need to improve in the Diagnosis of problem areas.


Communication and Problem Solving (CPS) has been used in oil refineries by engineers, by airline pilots, by doctors and nurses and by accountants and other professionals. Some of the applications are –

• Conducting a meeting – a team leader improved the use of time by training his team in the five skills and getting them to use the points in their weekly meeting.
• Emergencies – airline pilots were trained in the five skills to ensure a systematic problem solving approach when problems occurred during flights.
• Client management – accountants use the CPS five skills when conducting problem solving meetings with clients.

The system has now been made available online at

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