Adamantios Korais was a Greek linguist and writer. He had a huge impact on Greek fight for independents. He was born in April the 27th, 1748, in Smyrna, Anatolia (now İzmir, Turkey)— and died in April the 6th, 1833,in Paris, France. He was Greek humanist scholar with classical views. He gives intellectual basement for the Greek awareness.
Christopher Columbus was the great navigator and explorer, as well as the respective discoverer of America as everybody knows. The year 1492 is probably one of the first historic dates every child learns, but the date and especially the place of his birth is unknown and topic of passionate discussions. Amongst others the island of Chios plays an important role too.
Constantine P. Cavafy was born in Alexandria in 1863. His parents were both Greek and he is a famous poet who lived and worked most of his life in Alexandria. Cavafy was a cosmopolitan by his birth because his family roots extended from Constantinople to London (via Alexandria, Trebizond, Chios, Trieste, Venice and Vienna).
Constantine Kanaris was one of the grand figures in the independence war of the Greeks against the Turkish occupation. Many Greek people still link this name with courage, will, passion and patriotism - he simply is a popular, admired national war hero. Even though he was born on a neighbor island of Chios, the Chians love him like their own son.
Dimitris Varos is a modern Greek journalist, poet and photographer, who was born in 1949 on the island of Chios. Though not associated with great deeds, he reinvented the concept of newspapers in all Greece.