Manchester has always been a city of talent, even today it has a bustling music scene, if not the biggest music scene in the country where people from all over flock to Manchester to perform and watch performances of up an coming artists.
It’s not just music though, Manchester has a rich history of singers, actors, tv personalities, athletes, writers and scientists making their dent in society.
So let’s take a look at five of these influential and brilliant people who are Manchester’s very own claim to fame.
Our first Manchunian, or Mancunians technically, are the famous (probably the most famous on this list) Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noelle. Both brothers, from Manchester, are part of the band Oasis who churned out a string of hits from the 90’s through to the 2000’s. Also, the brothers are infamously known for public outbursts and public feuds and rivalries with other celebrities such as Americas rap king Jay-Z, that hasn’t stopped them from attaining a legendary status around the world, and especially in Manchester.
Next up is Danny Boyle, Manchester’s famous film director who is also a producer, screenwriter and theatre director. Danny Boyle has risen to directorial infamousy through his cult classic films such as 28 days later, the insanely successful Slumdog Millionaire and his cult favourite which spawned a sequel exactly two decades later, Trainspotting. Danny Boyle has won a number of awards for his films and screenwriting, making him one of Manchester’s most iconic and influential figures.
Prof. Brian Cox
Prof. Brian Cox, born March 3, 1968, is an English physicist and TV presenter where he presents such shows as the popular ‘Wonders of The Universe’ on BBC. He has written and published a number of successful books that aim to teach the general public about the more complicated topics in science. His books ‘Why Does E=mc2’’ and ‘The Quantum Universe’ are both best-selling books, along with his published books, Prof. Brian Cox has also co-written and published over 950 scientific publications and to this day he continues to teach physics at the University of Manchester. Staying true to his roots the young professor has achieved a national status of fame and been described as a natural successor to BBC’s legendary scientific reporter, Sir David Attenborough. Previously a keyboard player in a band Prof. Brian Cox has found way more success through his teachings and is now a proud staple of Manchester’s already rich heritage.
The Bee Gees
The Bee Gees a pop music group who were very active in the late 1960’s and early 70’s grew up in Chorlton Manchester until the late 1950’s.
As of July 2013, the Bee Gees have been recognised as one of the best selling music artists of all time. Selling around 220 million records worldwide, the Bee Gees without surprise were inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in 1997 with a citation proudly reading ‘Only Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul Mccartney have outsold the Bee Gees.
John Dalton, Born on the 6th of September 1766 and died on 27th July 1844 was an English meteorologist, chemist and physicist. He is best known for his research into the atomic theory and for his work on detecting and recognising colour blindness, sometimes known as Daltonism in his honour.
He arrived in Manchester around 1794 and shortly after was elected a member of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.
At the age of 27, he was appointed the teacher of mathematics and natural philosophy at Manchester’s ‘New College’.
Whether recently, or in a different century, it’s clear Manchester has never had a shortage of impressive, talented and iconic people coming out of its cosmopolitan streets, just a few more reasons that make Manchester the amazingly awesome city it is.