New interactive map reveals most famous person from Glasgow - do you agree?

(Background) Glasgow (Canva) (Circle) Notable people interactive map (Mapbox/ Topi Tjukanov)
(Background) Glasgow (Canva) (Circle) Notable people interactive map (Mapbox/ Topi Tjukanov)

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

Mapbox researcher and geographer Topi Tjukanov developed the insightful map which reveals the birthplaces of the most 'notable people' around the world.

The data is based on a study published in June this year from researchers from the University of Paris.

A person's significance was calculated based on information scraped from Wikipedia and Wikidata.

The data accounts for a series of factors including the number of Wikipedia entries, their average length, the average number of views from 2015-18 as well as the total number of external links.

"The data contains a rank value and a notability "sum value" these are used to determine which names are shown and how big they are," Mr Tjukanov explained to users on Twitter.

You can explore the map and view the noteworthy people from hometowns all over the world in four different categories:

  • Culture

  • Discovery & Science

  • Leadership

  • Sports & Games

Who is the most famous person from Glasgow?

Glasgow Times: Most notable people in and around Glasgow. Credit: Mapbox/ Topi Tjukanov
Glasgow Times: Most notable people in and around Glasgow. Credit: Mapbox/ Topi Tjukanov

Most notable people in and around Glasgow. Credit: Mapbox/ Topi Tjukanov

The interactive map reveals that Mark Knopfler is the most significant person to come from Glasgow.

The songwriter, guitarist and record producer is perhaps best known for his work with the band Dire Straits.

Knopfler, who was awarded an OBE in 1999, was born in Glasgow before he grew up in Blyth near Newcastle.

Knopfler has also composed and produced film scores for nine beloved films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), Wag the Dog (1997) and Altamira (2016).

Other recognisable names that made a splash on the map include Trainspotting actor Robert Carlyle, former Manchester United Alex Ferguson, Townhead architect and designer Charles Rennie Macintosh as well as Gorbalks-born journalist and broadcaster Lorraine Kelly.

Beyond Glasgow, legendary actor Sean Connery has been deemed the most notable name from Edinburgh and comic Charlie Chaplin is considered the most significant person from the UK's capital.