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How Old Would They Be Today?

We are fortunate today to have the writings of so many great thinkers and strategists so readily available. (I’m not sure how much ready availability influences our strategy skills, but that’s a topic for another post.) In any case, I was curious to see how old some of the great thinkers, strategists, and leaders would be if they were alive today. Here’s a short and somewhat random list. Feel free to add to it in the comments.

  • John Boyd, 87
  • Winston Churchill, 139
  • Stonewall Jackson, 190
  • Antoine-Henri Jomini, 234
  • R. V. Jones, 102
  • T. E. Lawrence, 125
  • Nicolo Machiavelli, 544
  • Francis Marion, 281
  • Miyamoto Musashi, 429
  • Sun Tzu, 1470?
  • Alan Turing, 102
  • Karl von Clausewitz, 233
  • John von Neumann, 110
  • H. G. Wells, 147
  • Barton Whaley, 85