NewsWire: J.R.R. Tolkien Named One of 100 Greatest Britons – Associated Press

by Aug 21, 2002Other News

LONDON – Princess Diana is in, Prince Charles is out.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison are on the list of the 100 greatest Britons of all time released Wednesday, but Ringo is not.

Richard Burton made it, but Elizabeth Taylor didn’t.

The British Broadcasting Corp. polled more than 30,000 people to come up with the list, in which John Lydon (better known as Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten) and Boy George mingle with Winston Churchill, Isaac Newton and Tim Berners Lee, the father of the Internet.

In this list J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling (<i>Harry Potter</i>) joined the ranks of William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.

 Stretching eligibility to all of the British Isles, the list also includes two Irish rockers, Bono of U2 and Bob Geldof.

The BBC2 television channel plans a series of programs later in the year to choose a top ten.

“I’m sure this series will arouse enthusiastic debate in offices and homes all around the country. Just from talking to people I’ve got a real sense of how passionately they feel about the subject and who they feel is worthy of the title of Great Briton,” said Jane Root, comptroller of BBC2.

The top 100, in alphabetical order:

Alfred the Great

Julie Andrews

King Arthur.

David Attenborough

Jane Austen

Charles Babbage

Lord Baden Powell

Douglas Bader

David Beckham

Alexander Graham Bell

Tony Benn

Tim Berners Lee

Aneurin Bevan

Tony Blair

William Blake

William Booth


David Bowie

Richard Branson

Robert the Bruce

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Richard Burton

Donald Campbell

William Caxton

Charlie Chaplin

Geoffrey Chaucer

Leonard Cheshire

Winston Churchill

James Connolly

Captain James Cook

Michael Crawford

Oliver Cromwell

Aleister Crowley

Charles Darwin

Diana, Princess of Wales

Charles Dickens

Francis Drake

King Edward I

Edward Elgar

Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

Michael Faraday

Guy Fawkes

Alexander Fleming

Bob Geldof

Owain Glyndwr

George Harrison

John Harrison

Stephen Hawking

King Henry II

King Henry V

King Henry VIII

Paul Hewson (Bono)

Edward Jenner

T.E. Lawrence

John Lennon

David Livingstone

David Lloyd George

John Logie Baird

John Lydon (Johnny Rotten)

James Clerk Maxwell

Paul McCartney

Freddie Mercury

Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery

Bobby Moore

Thomas More

Eric Morecambe

Admiral Horatio Nelson

Isaac Newton

Florence Nightingale

George O’Dowd (Boy George)

Thomas Paine

Emmeline Pankhurst

John Peel

Enoch Powell

Walter Raleigh

Steve Redgrave

King Richard III

Cliff Richard

J.K. Rowling

Robert Falcon Scott

Ernest Shackleton

William Shakespeare

George Stephenson

Marie Stopes

Margaret Thatcher

William Tindale

J.R.R. Tolkien

Alan Turing

Queen Victoria

William Wallace

Barnes Wallis

James Watt

Unknown soldier

Duke of Wellington

John Wesley

Frank Whittle

William Wilberforce

Robbie Williams


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