Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452. His skill set was incredibly wide, as he was well known as a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.
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Leonardo da Vinci was born out of wedlock to a notary and a peasant woman, and didn't receive much of a formal education as a child. (1:27)
Da Vinci's "Codex on the Flight of Birds" contains more than 35,000 words and 500 sketches, including those of his famous flying machine designs. (3:40)
Leonardo da Vinci dissected more than 30 human corpses to make his drawings and observations on anatomy. (6:19)