by Live Science Staff | October 06, 2011 01:12pm ET
Plenty of great minds have challenged paradigms, opened windows into worlds we didn’t even know existed, and produced innovations that have persisted through time. Here’s a look at some of those geniuses.
1756-1791: This musical prodigy was composing by age 5 and wrote his first symphony by age 10. As an adult, Mozart’s music was extraordinarily complex, drawing influence from many different styles, and considered radical at the time. He composed more than 600 pieces, including concertos, operas and symphonies, in his short life and is considered the most significant European classical composer.
1869-1948: Gandhi freed India from British rule through nonviolent protest, fasting while others fought. His nonviolent philosophy continues to influence national and international resistance movements to this day.