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March 19, 2012
There are so many famous and great thinkers in this world, but the two that come to mind immediately would have to be Bill Gates and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Although totally opposite in their thinking and accomplishments, these two gentlemen have made an impact that literally changed the world in some way. Their contributions, although one for financial reasons and another for human dignity and respect, truly epitomizes creative and critical thinking at its best. We are talking about two individuals that had vision and perseverance way above the scope of average men; these two gentlemen are in a league of their own when it comes to creative and critical thinkers. William Henry Gates III (October 28, 1955 to present)
Bill Gates (as he is better known as) was born from a family of success in business, politics and community service. It seems he was destined for great things with his great grandfather having been a state legislator and mayor, his grandfather having been a vice president of a national bank and his father having been a prominent lawyer (Mirick, 1996). He displayed ambition, intelligence and a competitive spirit at a very young age and excelled by surpassing all his peers in all subjects, especially math and science. But it was his curiosity, drive and vision for success that provided the passion and obsession that would lead his creative and critical thinking to the success and contributions that we all benefit from today in the world of computer operating systems and other software.
No one can say for sure if someone like Bill Gates had not come along, driven by success and the ability to create and write computer programs that we would not be where we are today, but the fact of the matter is that his innovative ideas provide us the computing that we enjoy throughout the world today, and not just in the United States. As the founder of Microsoft...
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