Armenians are an ancient nation whose sons and daughters have made quite an impact on the human history. Science, art, politics, finance – you’d be hard pressed to find a field, in which Armenian men and women don’t thrive. Their talents have made our world a much better place, so here are their names for the grateful descendants to remember!
The alphabet was the key that allowed Armenians to preserve their culture and identity, thus lending them exceptional longevity.
Shaped an ideology that continues to influence Armenian thinkers, politicians and leaders to this day.
As catholicos he gave authority and energy to the idea that Armenians should be free, playing no small part in their eventual liberation.
97. Komitas (Soghomon Soghomonian), Pioneer of ethnomusicology and Creator of Armenian National School of Music
Instrumental in recording and saving vast swathes of Armenian culture that may have otherwise been lost.
Credited with initiating what would later come to be known as the “Zartonk,” or “Awakening,” during which Armenians reasoned toward the necessity of a free Armenian state.
Came to emobody a unified Armenian Nation.
Killed Mehmet Talaat Pasha in Berlin as part of “Operation Nemesis.”
The only woman on the Young Turk list of Armenians to be deported and killed on April 24, 1915.
An imposing and defiant voice of the Armenian community in the Ottoman Empire.
Lobbied the United States for the creation of an independent Armenian state and established ACIA, a precursor to ANCA.
One of the most acclaimed directors of the Soviet Union.
Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for his book of poetry “Ozone Journal.”
The man who taught and inspired Stephen Hawking.
One of highest-ranking officials who served - and survived - four secretaries general.
Crowned champion four times.
An artist and significant figure in the history of Los Angeles art scene, owner of the Zorthian Ranch.
Registered one of the highest winning percentages, 6th all-time, in the sport.
The second Armenian in the Church’s 2,000-year-long history to be made a cardinal.
Fourth highest-rated chess player in history.
Established the Mekhitarist Order, an exclusively Armenian subsidiary within the Catholic Church.
Insisted on using observation and reason as the means to establish knowledge and procedure.
Created several famous works of art that adorn buildings, parks and museum halls.
Highest-ranking Armenian-American military official in U.S. history.
Alternatively referred to as the “Prince of Persia,” the “Elvis of Persia” and Iran’s “King of Pop.”
One of the first stars of American silent film.
Renowned for the timeless music he created.
Dedicated his life to petitioning for freedom of Armenia.
Galvanized Eastern Armenian as a separate dialect.
Reorganized the empire and strengthened its military.
A leading voice of the Armenian Nation.
A dedicated proponent of the liberation of Armenians from Ottoman and Persian rule.
Awarded the highest prize in the Soviet Union for art.
Considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time.
Authored “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing,” a work that sparked the craft beer revolution.
Expelled the Goths and reestablished Emperor Justinian’s rule.
Taught some of the best violinists in the world.
A major figure in surrealism and one of the founders of abstract expressionism.
A poet opposed to violence until arrested and imprisoned for being a communist.
Awarded the honor of People’s Artist of the USSR.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Peabody Award.
Remembered for blazing a path for women in the United States military.
Developed the tricolor principle eventually used to create color television.
Created the first jazz album and the established the 12” LP format as industry standard.
Recipient of Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award and director of one of the first movies with sound.
The prolific mastermind behind the ATM, exercise bikes and color x-rays.
Founded Futures, Inc., one of the first publicly-held commodity funds.
Director of the orphan choir known as the “Arba Lijoch.”
A prominent horticulturist and the first woman to create the first hybrid orchid.
A blind oudist well-known to fans of folk music in Turkey.
The first professor of plastic surgery at Harvard Medical School.
Produced “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones.”
Father of organic photochemistry and a prophet of solar energy.
A founder of the solar observatory at the Institute of Geophysics at the University of Tehran.
The only male tennis player in history to achieve a Career Super Grand Slam.
One of the most respected female Italian writers.
Founder and editor of the Agos newspaper in Turkey, gunned down for his work.
The man behind the world-famous Gagosian Galleries.
One of the most prominent economists of the 20th century.
The “General of the Armenians” who fought during Genocide and the First Republic and raised funds for Armenian war refugees.
A pioneer and advocate of the “right-to-die” movement known as “Dr. Death.”
Seventeen-time world champion finswimmer and fearless savior of many lives.
The honorary consul of the first Republic of Armenia to Japan.
Ruler of Greater Armenia, the strongest state east of the Roman Republic.
The most renowned artist of seascapes in history.
Nominated for a Palme d’Or and Academy Award, winner of a César.
Turkey’s most renowned photographer.
Representative for California's 14th congressional district.
An oil baron and one of the wealthiest men of the early 20th century.
Instrumental in laying the foundation of the independent Egyptian state.
The Soviet counterpart of the American supercomputer developer Seymour Cray.
The inventor of the Delta faucet.
Benefactors of many philanthropic projects through their Boghossian Foundation.
An original and prolific artist in 20th century America.
Nominated for two Academy Awards, including for Best Director.
The ambassador of Mexico to the United States.
A political strategist who has served as an adviser on nine presidential campaigns.
The visionary inventor of the first magnetic scanning machine, now known as MRI.
A successful publishing executive.
The four Hovnanian brothers – Jirair, Kevork, Hirair and Vahak – are staples in the homebuilding world.
One of the wealthiest individuals in South America.