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From Socrates To Van Gogh: Crackpots In Life, Heroes In Death (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 04/14/11 08:05 AM ET   Updated: 06/14/11 06:12 AM ET

It happens in every generation: someone comes up with ideas that look crazy but turn out to be genius. When do they get the recognition? After they're dead. During life they are shunned and criticized, after death, lionized. Will we ever catch up to them? Who do you think is considered crazy but way ahead of their time right now? Let us know in the comments section below.

Ignaz Semmelweis (July 1, 1818 - August 13, 1865)
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Semmelweis had the insight that if doctors washed their hands between procedures it would drastically cut the death from infection in hospitals. His idea was ignored and he died in an asylum at 47.

Only after his death and the advent of germ theory did this practice become accepted as reducing mortality.
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This Crackpot Genius
He didn't deserve the criticism he received!
He WAS a crackpot!

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