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Wikipedia:Vital articles

This is a list of basic subjects for which Wikipedia should have a corresponding high-quality article, and ideally a featured article. It also serves as a centralized watchlist and tracks the status of some of Wikipedia's most essential articles.

Ideally this page should list approximately 1,000 of the most vital Wikipedia articles.

Section Current Number Target Number
People 0 115
History 0 60
Geography 0 94
Arts 0 56
Philosophy and religion 0 77
Everyday life 0 78
Society and social sciences 0 88
Health and medicine 0 48
Science 0 177
Technology 0 122
Mathematics 0 59
Measurement 0 26
Total 0 1000

Count checked: 00:50, 23 August 2008 (UTC)

See also m:List of articles every Wikipedia should have and Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Core topics

People (115 articles)Edit

ArtistsEdit

  1. Leonardo da Vinci
  2. Michelangelo
  3. Rembrandt
  4. Diego Velázquez
  5. Hokusai
  6. Claude Monet
  7. Vincent van Gogh
  8. Pablo Picasso
  9. Salvador Dalí
  10. Hebe Camargo

AuthorsEdit

  1. Homer
  2. Sophocles
  3. Virgil
  4. Li Bai
  5. Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi
  6. Dante Alighieri
  7. William Shakespeare
  8. Miguel de Cervantes
  9. Molière
  10. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  11. Edgar Allan Poe
  12. Fyodor Dostoevsky
  13. Leo Tolstoy
  14. James Joyce
  15. Franz Kafka
  16. Pablo Neruda

Composers and musiciansEdit

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  3. Ludwig van Beethoven
  4. Frédéric Chopin
  5. Richard Wagner
  6. Arnold Schoenberg
  7. Igor Stravinsky
  8. Elvis Presley
  9. The Beatles

ExplorersEdit

  1. Roald Amundsen
  2. Jacques Cartier
  3. Christopher Columbus
  4. James Cook
  5. Ferdinand Magellan
  6. Marco Polo
  7. Ibn Battuta
  8. Zheng He

Inventors and scientistsEdit

  1. Nicolaus Copernicus
  2. Charles Darwin
  3. Thomas Edison
  4. Albert Einstein
  5. Galileo Galilei
  6. Geber
  7. Carl Linnaeus
  8. Isaac Newton
  9. Nikola Tesla
  10. Sigmund Freud
  11. Niels Bohr
  12. Marie Curie
  13. Dmitri Mendeleev

MathematiciansEdit

  1. Archimedes
  2. Euclid
  3. Leonhard Euler
  4. Carl Friedrich Gauss
  5. Kurt Gödel
  6. David Hilbert
  7. Gottfried Leibniz
  8. Blaise Pascal
  9. Henri Poincaré
  10. Pythagoras
  11. Alan Turing
  12. Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi

Philosophers and social scientistsEdit

  1. Confucius
  2. Socrates
  3. Plato
  4. Aristotle
  5. Nagarjuna
  6. Avicenna
  7. Thomas Aquinas
  8. Ibn Khaldun
  9. René Descartes
  10. John Locke
  11. Immanuel Kant
  12. Karl Marx
  13. Friedrich Nietzsche
  14. Max Weber

Religious figuresEdit

  1. Abraham
  2. Gautama Buddha
  3. Guru Nanak Dev
  4. Yesu Kristi
  5. Laozi
  6. Moses
  7. Muhammad
  8. Paul the Apostle
  9. Zoroaster

Politicians and leadersEdit

  1. Hammurabi
  2. Cyrus the Great
  3. Alexander the Great
  4. Qin Shi Huang
  5. Julius Caesar
  6. Cleopatra VII
  7. Augustus
  8. Attila the Hun
  9. Charlemagne
  10. Genghis Khan
  11. Joan of Arc
  12. Suleiman the Magnificent
  13. Elizabeth I
  14. George Washington
  15. Napoleon I of France
  16. Simón Bolívar
  17. Abraham Lincoln
  18. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  19. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
  20. Vladimir Lenin
  21. Winston Churchill
  22. Joseph Stalin
  23. Adolf Hitler
  24. Mao Zedong
  25. Nelson Mandela

History (60 articles)Edit

Geography (106 articles)Edit

Arts and culture (56 articles)Edit

Philosophy and religion (77 articles)Edit

Everyday life (82 articles)Edit

Society and social sciences (88 articles)Edit

Health and medicine (48 articles)Edit

Science (177 articles)Edit

  1. Science
  2. History of science
  3. Nature
  4. Philosophy of science
  5. Scientific method

AstronomyEdit

  1. Astronomy
  2. Asteroid
  3. Asteroid belt
  4. Big Bang
  5. Comet
  6. Eclipse
  7. Galaxy
  8. Milky Way
  9. Natural satellite
  10. Orbit
  11. Outer space
  12. Physical cosmology
  13. Planet
  14. Solar System
  15. Sun
  16. Mercury
  17. Venus
  18. Earth
  19. Moon
  20. Mars
  21. Jupiter
  22. Saturn
  23. Uranus
  24. Neptune
  25. Pluto
  26. Star
  27. Supernova
  28. Universe

BiologyEdit

  1. Biology
  2. Life
  3. Abiogenesis
  4. Anatomy
  5. Brain
  6. Gastrointestinal tract
  7. Heart
  8. Immune system
  9. Lung
  10. Skeleton
  11. Reproduction
  12. Pregnancy
  13. Sex
  14. Botany
  15. Cell (biology)
  16. Ecology
  17. Ecosystem
  18. Evolution
  19. Natural selection
  20. Genetics
  21. DNA
  22. Gene
  23. Heredity
  24. Organism
  25. Animal
  26. Amphibian
  27. Bird
  28. Dinosaur
  29. Fish
  30. Insect
  31. Mammal
    1. Cattle
    2. Cat
    3. Dog
    4. Horse
    5. Human
  32. Reptile
  33. Archaea
  34. Bacteria
  35. Fungus
  36. Plant
  37. Flower
  38. Tree
  39. Protist
  40. Species
  41. Zoology

ChemistryEdit

  1. Chemistry
  2. Biochemistry
  3. Organic chemistry
  4. Inorganic chemistry
  5. Acid
  6. Alloy
  7. Bronze
  8. Steel
  9. Atom
  10. Base
  11. Catalysis
  12. Chemical bond
  13. Chemical compound
  14. Alcohol
  15. Carbon dioxide
  16. Oil
  17. Salt
  18. Water
  19. Chemical element
  20. Aluminium
  21. Carbon
  22. Copper
  23. Gold
  24. Helium
  25. Hydrogen
  26. Iron
  27. Nitrogen
  28. Oxygen
  29. Silicon
  30. Silver
  31. Sulfur
  32. Uranium
  33. Chemical reaction
  34. Crystal
  35. Electrolysis
  36. Glass
  37. Ion
  38. Metal
  39. Mineral
  40. Molecule
  41. Periodic table

Earth scienceEdit

  1. Earth science
  2. History of Earth
  3. Geology
  4. Avalanche
  5. Crust
  6. Earthquake
  7. Erosion
  8. Geologic fault
  9. Magma
  10. Mantle
  11. Plate tectonics
  12. Volcano
  13. Earth's atmosphere
  14. Climate
  15. Cloud
  16. Flood
  17. Global warming
  18. Meteorology
  19. Rain
  20. Tornado
  21. Tropical cyclone
  22. Weather
  23. Oceanography

PhysicsEdit

  1. Physics
  2. Particle physics
  3. Standard Model
  4. Subatomic particle
  5. Electron
  6. Neutrino
  7. Neutron
  8. Photon
  9. Proton
  10. Classical mechanics
  11. Kinematics
  12. Kinetics
  13. Energy
  14. Kinetic energy
  15. Potential energy
  16. Force
  17. Electromagnetism
  18. Gravitation
  19. Strong interaction
  20. Weak interaction
  21. Heat
  22. Temperature
  23. Light
  24. Electromagnetic radiation
  25. Speed of light
  26. Visible spectrum
  27. Mass
  28. Weight
  29. Matter
  30. Motion
  31. Quantum mechanics
  32. Sound
  33. Space
  34. Thermodynamics
  35. Theory of relativity
  36. Time

Technology (121 articles)Edit

  1. Technology
  2. History of technology
  3. Engineering
  4. Artificial intelligence
  5. Biotechnology
  6. Genetic engineering
  7. Nuclear technology
  8. Tool

EnergyEdit

  1. Electricity
  2. Geothermal power
  3. Hydropower
  4. Nuclear power
  5. Petroleum
  6. Solar energy
  7. Wind power

ElectronicsEdit

  1. Electronics
  2. Battery
  3. Capacitor
  4. Diode
  5. Incandescent light bulb
  6. Integrated circuit
  7. Semiconductor
  8. Transistor

Mechanical and structural engineeringEdit

  1. Mechanical engineering
  2. Engine
  3. Electric motor
  4. Internal combustion engine
  5. Jet engine
  6. Steam engine
  7. Inclined plane
  8. Lever
  9. Pulley
  10. Robot
  11. Wheel
  12. Arch
  13. Bridge
  14. Canal
  15. Dam
  16. Dome
  17. House
  18. Pyramid
  19. Tower

TransportationEdit

  1. Transport
  2. Vehicle
  3. Aircraft
  4. Automobile
  5. Bicycle
  6. Elevator
  7. Helicopter
  8. Motorcycle
  9. Train

Information technologyEdit

  1. Information technology
  2. Abacus
  3. Calculator
  4. Computer
  5. Cryptography

OpticalEdit

  1. Camera
  2. Glasses
  3. Laser
  4. Lens
  5. Microscope
  6. Prism
  7. Telescope

Media and communicationEdit

  1. Telecommunication
  2. E-mail
  3. Internet
  4. Microphone
  5. Mobile phone
  6. Printing press
  7. Printing
  8. Radio
  9. Telephone
  10. Television
  11. Typewriter
  12. Video
  13. World Wide Web

Navigation and timekeepingEdit

  1. Calendar
  2. Clock
  3. Compass
  4. Global Positioning System
  5. Gyroscope
  6. Pendulum
  7. Radar
  8. Sonar
  9. Sundial

WeaponsEdit

  1. Weapon
  2. Artillery
  3. Bow
  4. Firearm
  5. Handgun
  6. Knife
  7. Machine gun
  8. Nuclear weapon
  9. Rifle
  10. Sword
  11. Submarine
  12. Tank

Material and chemicalEdit

  1. Candle
  2. Fire
  3. Explosive material
  4. Dynamite
  5. Gasoline
  6. Gunpowder
  7. Metallurgy
  8. Plastic
  9. Rubber

Food and healthEdit

  1. Electrocardiogram
  2. Magnetic resonance imaging
  3. Pasteurization
  4. Refrigerator
  5. Stove
  6. X-ray

SpaceEdit

  1. Hubble Space Telescope
  2. International Space Station
  3. Moon landing
  4. Rocket
  5. Satellite
  6. Space Shuttle
  7. Space station

Mathematics (59 articles)Edit

Measurement (26 articles)Edit

See alsoEdit