Irvine celebrities revealed in new interactive map – Check it out

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  • Aug 05, 2022

Irvine celebrities revealed in new interactive map – Check it out

The most famous person from Irvine has been revealed, according to a new interactive map.

Mapbox researcher and geographer Topi Tjukanov created an enlightening map showing the birthplaces of the most prominent people around the world.

These data are based on a study published in June this year by researchers at the University of Paris.

An individual’s importance was calculated based on information scraped from Wikipedia and Wikidata.

The data includes a range of factors including the number of Wikipedia entries, their average length, the average number of hits from 2018-2015, as well as the total number of external links.

Mr Tjukanov explained to users on Twitter: “The data contains a rank value and a significant ‘aggregate value’ which is used to determine which names are shown and how big they are.”

You can explore the map and see notable people from hometowns around the world in four different categories:

  • Culture
  • Discovery and science
  • leadership
  • Sports games

Who is the most famous person from Irvine?

Nicola Sturgeon. Credit: PA

The interactive map shows that Nicola Sturgeon is the most important person to come from Irvine.

Scotland’s longest serving and first female minister and leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party is the biggest name to come from this city.

Sturgeon has been a member of the Scottish Parliament since 1999 and has held various positions throughout her career, including Deputy First Minister in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

Interactive map of notable people (Mapbox/ Topi Tjukanov)

Other well-known names to make a splash on the map include Dreghorn-born inventor and vet John Boyd Dunlop, as well as former Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners Alex Neill.

Meanwhile, Kilwinning’s most prominent figure is Colin Hay, lead singer of Men at Work.

Beyond Irwin, the legendary actor Sean Connery is considered the most prominent name from Edinburgh and the comic Charlie Chaplin the most important person from the British capital.

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