York’s most famous person has been revealed according to a new interactive map, but the result might surprise!
Mapbox researcher and geographer Topi Tyukanov developed the revealing map, which shows the birthplaces of “the most remarkable people” around the world.
The data is based on a study published in June this year by researchers at the University of Paris.
The importance of a person was calculated based on information from Wikipedia and Wikidata.
Did you know that Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar and Barack Obama in Honolulu? Who is the most famous person from your hometown?
I made a map of the most remarkable people around the world. Built with @Mapbox.
Check it out here: https://t.co/NR0J7nqTn1
— Topi Tyukanov (@tyukanov) July 28, 2022
The data takes into account a number of factors, including the number of Wikipedia entries, their average length, the average number of views from 2015-18, and the total number of external links.
“The data includes a rank value and a ‘summary’ value of prominence, which is used to determine which names are shown and how big they are,” Mr. Tyukanov told users on Twitter.
You can explore the map and view the notable people from hometowns around the world in four different categories:
- discovery science
- sports games
Who is the most notable person in York?
York is home to many famous people including none other than royal lady Judi Dench.
The actress has starred in a variety of acclaimed films and television shows and is a star on stage.
Dame Judi is best known for her role as M in the James Bond series, in which she starred opposite Daniel Craig.
The actress grew up in Heworth and later attended Mount School, a Quaker independent secondary school, and discovered her love for the performing arts.
As well as big famous names, there are some that you might not recognize if you’re not a sports fan.
With the name Paul Gibb appearing on the card, the English cricketer was born in Acomb where he discovered his passion for cricket.
He later played first-class cricket for Cambridge University and became a Royal Air Force pilot during the Second World War.
York has a lot of famous faces, although not all are on the map, including actor Mark Addy.
The Tang Hall-born star of stage and screen has starred in some of the biggest shows and films in recent history.
Including the hit series “Game of Thrones”, the cult classic “The Full Monty” and the leading role in the sitcom “Still Standing”.
Another name missing from the map is historical figure Guy Fawkes, who was born and educated in York.
Fawkes is, of course, best known for his role in the failed gunpowder attack on the Houses of Parliament, which we are now highlighting on Bonfire Night on November 5th.
See if you recognize any notable names by going to the map now.