20 Uneducated People Who Changed History

There are plenty of people in the world who think that an expensive education, or even a basic education, is the key to success in most if not all areas of life. But just because someone hasn’t had the access to such an education, or never had the money to pay for it, doesn’t mean they don’t have the ability to do great things. There are people who have been making waves throughout the world who never had the educational opportunities that so many people take for granted. Here are just a few people who did amazing things without the benefit of a degree.

Ed ‘Doc’ Ricketts

While his nickname may have been ‘Doc’, Ed Ricketts dropped out of college to pursue his love of marine ecology instead. Having surveyed most of the Western coast of North America and having written many seminal books, Ricketts pioneered terms like “ecosystem” and “habitat” and is still recognized as an ecological authority today.

Orville and Wilbur Wright

You probably remember hearing about the Wright brothers when you were younger – they were the guys who built the first flyable airplane. What you probably didn’t know is that neither of the Wright men graduated high school.

Jane Goodall

While she is a household name due to her renowned work with chimps, Jane Goodall never went to college. Yet her years spent in the field gaining the trust of the animals lead to groundbreaking discoveries about tool-making, social structure and communication.

David Bowie

David Bowie has been showing the world how to rock and roll for a long time and how to act the heck out of a movie for almost as long. Ironically, the only formal performing arts training he had were a few saxophone and mime classes.