Find out which celebs are from YOUR hometown with this interactive world map | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

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  • Aug 03, 2022

Find out which celebs are from YOUR hometown with this interactive world map | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

This map shows the birthplaces of prominent people in the fields of culture, leadership, science and sports. Created by Finnish geographer Topi Tjukanov, the map also ranks people according to how iconic they are and has a wiki data link so people can learn more about famous people in their city.

Tjukanov works as a senior map designer for Mapbox and has a unique passion for location data that is evident in his latest project: the Notable People Map.

He created the map using a database that pulls information from Wikipedia and Wikidata, including the names, birthplaces, and dates of birth of millions of people.

The map probably includes every famous person imaginable, from Julius Caesar to Victoria Beckham.

The significant rating each person receives is based on how influential or influential they are.

Users can walk around the world, which, when viewed from afar, shows the most prominent person born in each country.

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By zooming in, users can also see the most prominent people from each city, suburb, and county.

For the whole of Britain, the map lists the most prominent people as Adam Smith and Winston Churchill.

Churchill has a remarkable 7 while Smith’s is 220, but for both “is he alive?” The criterion is “no”.

Zooming in, the most notable people born in Scotland are Ewan McGregor and Alexander Fleming, who have a remarkable 928.5.

McGregor’s outstanding rank is 852, with the map stating he is “probably” alive.

While Northern Ireland’s most prominent figure is C.S. Lewis at 452, the Republic of Ireland features Peter O’Toole and Pierce Brosnan as outstanding figures.

However, Ireland’s most prominent figure is undoubtedly Oscar Wilde at 89.

London itself is littered with names, with each area boasting multiple names from the likes of Mary Shelley to David Bowie.

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England as a whole has many great people, with John Lennon, William Shakespeare, Agatha Christie and Charles Darwin being the highest in the country.

On Twitter, Tjukanov gave special thanks to colleagues @stepankuzmin and @willy_maps.

He estimated that he spent roughly 10 hours creating the map, and while it’s not necessarily easy, other visual designers and geospatial data analysts should have no problem doing something similar.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, he noted that the map was made for fun after seeing “this interesting dataset”.

The interactive globe has become a viral hit, and users are now interested in finding the weirdest or most well-known names from their city.

Tjukanov noted on his Twitter page that the map may hold some surprises for even the most seasoned celebrity buff.

Some surprising birthplaces include Barack Obama, who was born in Hawaii, Freddie Mercury, who was born in Zanzibar, and George Orwell, who was born in India.

Although Tjukanov shared that he has no plans to improve or update the map over time, he noted that he received many suggestions regardless.

He shared that some people pointed out “issues” that “I want to fix,” but with his full-time job, he admitted that he doesn’t have “the time” to do more graphics.

Tjukanov is also the brains behind the viral sensation 30DayMapChallenge, which encourages the “space community” to create a map based on a different theme every day for a month.

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