Time Person of the Year

Person of the Year ( Person of the Year; formerly Man of the Year, man (or man ) of the year ') is a range of individuals, groups, ideas or objects, which is published since 1927 annually by the U.S. Time magazine. With the appointment of the person of the year are selected those who have the editorial opinion changed the world in a given year or a major move - the " good" or " bad ".


The tradition of selecting a Man ​​of the Year began in 1927, as a deliberate time- editors, what they could write in a silly season. First, it was also about having not achieved the humiliation of editorial misjudgment, Charles Lindbergh after his transatlantic flight on the front page to make amends. End of the year it was decided then, to crown Charles Lindbergh with a cover story "Man of the Year".

Since that time, special individuals, groups of people (eg, a team or a demographic category) or, . Applied in two particular cases, an invention and the planet Earth, selected for output at the end of each year Since 2000 the title then in Person of the Year ( Person of the Year ) was generalized. So far, however, few women have received the title: Wallis Simpson in 1936, Song Meiling in 1937, Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, all American women in 1975, Corazon Aquino in 1986 and the Whistleblowers mentioned informants to uncover the scandals helped ( 2002).

Every president of the United States since Franklin D. Roosevelt ( with the exception of Gerald Ford) had at least one Person of the Year. It now belongs to the approach of the time, every time to appoint a President of the U.S. to work after he (or re-elected) was elected to the office to acknowledge this achievement in itself.


The award will be partially understood as an honor or award. However, the Time magazine has regularly denounced the sole criterion: Who had the greatest impact on the events of the year - in good or bad sense [for better or for worse, ... has done the most to influence the events of the year ]. This is evident in the awards of Hitler in 1938, Stalin in 1939 and 1942, and Khomeini in 1979.

Persons of the Year from the German-speaking

The dictator Adolf Hitler in 1938 was selected as the person who had the greatest impact on world history. In addition, the Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Willy Brandt in 1953 were 1970 people of the year.

Albert Einstein was chosen as person of the (20th) century, Johannes Gutenberg as a person of the millennium.

From Time Selected " Persons of the Year "

In addition, Albert Einstein in 1950 was elected to the person of the century and Winston Churchill to the person of the half-century in 1999.