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In December we asked you to vote for the greatest man of the last thousand years. We asked the views of United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan and businessman Richard Branson, who chose Adam Smith and Leonardo da Vinci respectively.

But BBC News Online readers put Mahatma Gandhi firmly at number one. Below is your top ten - and some of your comments.

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Mahatma Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar, India. He led India's movement for independence from British rule and is one of the most respected spiritual and political leaders of the 20th century.

He developed a method of direct social action based upon the principles of courage, non-violence and truth. He believed passive resistance and civil disobedience were the most appropriate methods for obtaining political and social goals.

In 1948 he was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic who opposed his tolerance for all creeds and religions.

Gandhi is honoured by his people as the father of the Indian nation and is called Mahatma, which means Great Soul.

Your Top 10 greatest men:
1. Mahatma Gandhi
2. Leonardo da Vinci
3. Jesus Christ
4. Nelson Mandela
5. Sir Isaac Newton
6. Albert Einstein
7. Martin Luther King
8. Sir Winston Churchill
9. Charles Darwin
10. Karl Marx
What you have said:
Mahatma Gandhi's principles were good enough to motivate ordinary people in India as well as Martin Luther King of the United States. I would not be surprised that those principles will hold good for the next 1,000 years too.
Tilly Karupaiah, Malaysia

Mahatma Gandhi is the one man (and now it is already becoming difficult to believe that he was a man in flesh and blood) that led an illiterate and backward-looking people by personal example. He used reason and love where others would have used force.
Mukesh Agarwal, Russia

Gandhi's views are applicable in any part of the world, at any point of time, in any type of situation.
Kamal Taparia

Mahatma Gandhi's concept of non-violent civil disobedience as a form of protest, will be used by people for long time and is a gift to humanity in an otherwise violent world.
Rajesh Krishnamurthy

How could anyone be greater than the man whose (approximate) birth-date created the millennium date in the first place? Furthermore, there isn't anyone who has impacted the world as much as Jesus, over such an extended period of history and throughout such a vast diversity of cultures, ethnic groups and lands.
Jonathan Wilson, Zambia

Jesus Christ's ideals still persist in the world, and have made a profound and lasting impact.
Chris Guerra

As the world's greatest painter-designer-inventor-engineer-architect, Leonardo da Vinci had the greatest vision and his ideas have affected and influenced the shape of our lives today more than any other individual.
Judith Taylor, Netherlands

Leonardo da Vinci was an artist and a scientist at the same time, and he has a lot say even today and in the next millennium too.
Graziella, Italy

In modern times what Nelson Mandela has achieved for human rights is unsurpassed. He had a lengthy spell in prison and suffered badly, but he came back, fought for his ideals and with tremendous scrutiny by the wide world brought relative peace to South Africa.
Colin White

Nelson Mandela's outstanding lack of bitterness after 27 years in prison and his pre-eminent role in the reconciliation between races.
Rainer Hornung, Denmark

Sir Isaac Newton completely changed our understanding of the physical world, the behaviour of objects and time.
Neil Clough, UK

A neglected thinker, Karl Marx made a deep analysis of the currently leading political system and its deficiencies.
Djordje Vidanovic, Denmark

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