People born in Illinois houses you should know about but probably don’t

While some states like California, New York, and Florida seem to have an endless supply of famous people, and some have even changed the world as we know it, Illinois homes are often not viewed as breeding grounds for the ultra famous.

However, Illinois has produced or hosted many world-renowned luminaries, including Hugh Hefner, Nancy Reagan, David Hasselhoff, and Harrison Ford. But Illinois has also been home to some people who have changed the world we live in, but who have never shared the glory of the previously mentioned.

Although you may not know them by heart, you probably should.

Archibald McLeish

Archibald McLeish was a World War I veteran who also served as Librarian of Congress under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Despite protests against his appointment by the American Library Association due to Archibald’s lack of experience as a librarian, he became a key figure in helping to modernize the library.

However, it was his writing that Archibald is best known for. Archibald is the winner of not one, not two, but three Pulitzer Prizes. Two for poetry in 1933 and 1953 and a third for drama in 1956 for his play entitled “JB”.

Mae JemisonMore

Growing up in Morgan Park, Mae was so smart that she outperformed all available math courses in her high school. Her thirst for knowledge drove her to show up to school before school started to learn math from a tutor because no math classes were available.

Mae was a huge Star Trek fan. One day, while watching Star Trek with her best friend, she revealed that one day she would “…do that.” Although her friend thought she was talking about being an actress, Mae had set her sights a little higher.

Mae fulfilled her dream of becoming an astronaut in 1992 when she became the first African American woman to go into space.

Stanley Mazor

You are probably reading this from a computer. You can thank Stanley Mazor for making the home computer possible.

In the late 1960s, Stanley began work on a single-chip computer that would perform the same tasks that up to that point required even simple computers, such as calculators, to use multiple processors. In 1971, Stanley delivered the world’s first working microprocessor while working as an engineer for Intel.

This single processor contained the same computing power as the ENIAC that filled an entire room. Eventually, due to Stanley’s invention, computers became an integral part of everyday society, with a personal computer in virtually every household.

Illinois homes continue to produce some of the best and brightest in the world to this day.