Marie and Pierre Curie are the most revered power couple in the scientific world. Especially Marie Salmoea Sklodowska who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, but more importantly, the first person and only woman in history to win a Nobel Prize twice for her discovery of radium and polonium, as well as a huge contribution to finding treatments for cancer.
If you want to get into feminism, Marie Curie is a great place to start.
Honore de Balzac
French playwright and novelist Honore de Balzac is best known for his presentation of the post-Napoleonic French life panoramic novel sequence "La Comedie." He is considered in France as a major early influence in realism and naturalism within the realm of fiction writing and is also considered one of the greatest fiction writers of all time.
We must all remember to 'Honore' de Balzac if we want to live half the life he did.
Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault
Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault is a French painter and lithographer who is best known for his painting "The Raft of the Medusa," A painting that depicts the tragedy and desperation of life, death, and war. You can see a relief version of that painting placed on the front of the artist's headstone.
Sadly, the artist passed rather young, being born on September 26th, 1791, and dying on January 26th, 1824. Wars in the 1700s were ferocious and tragic, and many artists of the time did the best they could to depict the suffering of humankind for future generations to learn.
The legendary writer of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien needs no introduction (but we still snuck one in.) The prolific writer was buried next to his wife in an Oxford cemetery, where people often come to pay their respects in the form of plants and flowers.
Passing away on September 2nd, 1973, two years after his wife did, he left the world a legacy in the form of his seminal books.
Writer of the book "Pippy Longstocking" Astrid Emilia Lindgren was a Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays. She lived quite a long life. Born on November 14th, 1907, in Vimmerby, Sweden, she passed on January 28th, 2002, in her home in Stockholm from a viral infection.
Her "Pippy Longstocking" books still inspire youth around the world to be joyful, adventurous, and creative, and we owe her a big thanks for that.