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Boys who grew up to change the world

When it comes to making this world a better place, we can learn a thing or two from our children. That’s why we’ve compiled a reading series of some of the most influential young trailblazers across the world, whose talents include advocating against climate change and fighting for the right to education, to name a few. From activists to investors – this series includes just a handful of the young change-makers that have paved the way for many generations to come. If these inspiring stories don’t get you moving, we don’t know what will!

Boys who changed the world - Achmat Hassiem and Alan Turing

Achmat survived a shark bite to become a brilliant Paralympic swimmer. Alan wanted to use maths to change the way people lived, signalling the beginning of modern computers. Read their stories.

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Boys who changed the world - Baldwin IV and Bill Gates

Sometimes reading stories about one child’s brave act, creative spark, or quiet determination is enough to inspire our kids — or yours, or anyone’s really. Today we share the stories of Baldwin IV and Bill Gates whose contribution to the world is nothing short of legendary.

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Boys who changed the world - Carl Linnaeus and Charles Fourier

Carolus Linnaeus was a Swedish botanical taxonomist who was the first person to formulate a uniform system for defining and naming the world’s plants and animals. It’s all thanks to him that a Warthog is not just called a “chunky, round, reddish-brown pig with horns that’s also BFFs with Timone, but can also be a type of sausage too”.

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Boys who changed the world - Chesley Sullenberger and Confucius

Read about how Captain Sully managed the impossible and landed a plane on the Hudson river, saving many lives. Also read how Confucius taught that leaders should lead by doing what’s right and good, instead of chasing power of money.

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Boys who changed the world - Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Tammet

Look at how Daniel Radcliffe created the magic of Harry Potter and how this magical phenomenon cast a spell on the cultural landscape. Also read about Daniel Tammet who has autism. He can see and feel numbers, speak 10 languages and has written many books. He says that although technically disabled, it needn’t get in the way.

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Boys who changed the world - David Attenborough and Don McPherson

Sir David Attenborough has inspired millions by bringing the natural world into our homes. His impact is even more surprising than you might expect. Don McPherson, a famous American football player, now travels the country talking to young people about masculinity, feminism and sports, in order to build a safer world.

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Boys who changed the world - Eugene Cernan and Frederick Douglass

Eugene Cernan, known as “the last man to walk on the moon” and a Captain in the U.S. Navy, left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space and twice to the moon. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery but managed to escape. It is thanks in part to the work of Frederick, that all slaves in America were declared free in 1865.

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Boys who changed the world - Galileo Galilei and King George

Galileo Galilei revolutionised our understanding of the universe and, of all of his telescope discoveries, he is perhaps most known for his discovery of the four most massive moons of Jupiter, now known as the Galilean moons. King George taught us that perhaps our greatest fears live within us and are not our reality.

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Boys who changed the world - Hans Scholl and Iqbal Masih

Hans Scholl, a former member of Hitler Youth, grew disenchanted with Nazi ideology once its real aims became evident. Hans Scholl’s last words: “Es lebe die Freiheit!” – freedom lives. Iqbal Masih, became a child debt slave in a carpet factory in Pakistan. Five years later he was set free. He gave other children the courage to leave their owners and will be remembered as a child hero!

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