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Famous Thinkers Paper: Bill Gates and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

PHL/458

Mr. McDuffie

October 2, 2012

While exploring history and trying to realize the famous thinkers of our society, countless men and women stand out. Famous thinkers are individuals who used determination and critical thinking to overcome hard times in order to do well. The two famous thinkers that thrust out in my mind are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Bill Gates. In this paper I will discuss their contributions to society, the problems or issues that they fixed, and how they were able to come up with their solutions.

Contributions to Society

In 1955 a young entrepreneur and a multi-billionaire contributor named, Bill Gates was born. Many should be aware of the name Bill Gates; it is hard not to be familiar with the richest self-made man in America. The influences to the world prepared by Bill are countless, but most important and certainly his best influence is his company Microsoft. American computer entrepreneur, in 1975 he co-founded Microsoft, a private company for the manufacture and sale of computer software (Oxford University Press 2004).

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1992. As he matured into his adulthood, he became a social activist and a Baptist Reverend. Dr. King along with his leadership in the civil rights movements made a massive impact on obtaining the same rights for all American’s. Some of the additional remarkable influences Dr. King prepared for the general public were, becoming the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, (main purpose was to encourage racial fairness) and in 1956 the integration of the bus lines in Alabama. Martin L. King carried out his plan in 1963 during a march in Washington. Despite his efforts to promote equality for all American’s, Dr. King lost his life to an assassin in Tennessee in 1968 (Martin Luther King Jr., 2011). Dr. King makes insightful and uncannily prescient pronouncements about the nature of capitalism and communism, a quarter of a century before the demise of the Soviet Union. Dr. Martin, L. K., Jr. (1992, Jan 20).

Personal Environments

Bill Gates had an interest in computer programing when he was at the age of 13years old. “The school used funds from sales and donations and was able to purchase the students an ASR-33 Teletype terminal and computer time on a General Electric computer terminal (Bill Gates, 2011)”. Bill suddenly captivated, was being excused from his original courses to now work on the computer; and this is when he increased his interest in computer programming. He was able to develop a program where the students could play the computer in a game of tic-tac-toe. This was the beginning of Bill Gates career (Bill Gates, 2011).

Dr. King was born into the southern African American ministry; to be precise it was a southern Baptist ministry. While attending school to get his college degree in ministry, Dr. King decided to trail the footsteps of his adviser, Mr. Benjamin Mays, a community spiritual activist who dedicated his life to battling against ethnic discrimination. Dr. King also attended the Crozer Theological Seminary where he learned the philosophy of nonviolence by Mohandas Gandhi (Martin Luther King Jr., 2011).

The Issues

There was no problem or issue for Bill to solve. A game of tic-tac-toe was the first computer program he had established. His goal was to give his colleagues a type of activity to do for entertainment. It was not until later on in his life that he had a desire to develop programming to resolve problems. Once he formed Microsoft, he would develop programs along those lines, making solutions for businesses to simplify time-consuming issues like accounting and number crunching (Bill Gates, 2011).

Unlike Bill Gates, Dr. King used his life trying to solve issues. Dr. King grew up with challenges and issues...
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