For the first time ever, TIME has just named a remarkable fifteen-year-old scientist as the 2020 "Kid of the Year."
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TIME's Person of the Year is perhaps one of the most prestigious awards that can be won...
In 1992, the then-president-elect Bill Clinton graciously took the title."History may eventually decide that the key to Clinton's accomplishment lay in his temperament... In his enthusiasm for people and curiosity about their lives," TIME said of Clinton.
AIDS researcher David Ho was titled TIME's Person of the Year in 1996."He's kind of a genius, you know," his mother told TIME, "I'm not supposed to say that, but it's true."
Jeff Bezos (believe it or not) took on the title in 1999.Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos "is a person who not only changed the way we do things but helped pave the way for the future," TIME said.
Rudy Giuliani (again, believe it or not) was TIME's Person of the Year in 2001.Giuliani was granted the title due to being the Mayor of New York during the September 11 attacks. "When the day of infamy came, Giuliani seized it as if he had been waiting for it all his life, taking on half a dozen critical roles and performing each masterfully."
Vladimir Putin in 2007.Russia's controversial president landed on TIME's cover in the final year of his first term as Russia's president. "If Russia fails, all bets are off for the 21st century. And if Russia succeeds as a nation-state in the family of nations, it will owe much of that success to one man, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin," the article said.
Barack Obama then took on the title in 2008.
"He hit the American scene like a thunderclap, upended our politics, shattered decades of conventional wisdom, and overcame centuries of the social pecking order," the article said of the then-president. Obama went on to win the award again in 2012.
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Pope Francis in 2013.TIME's 2013 choice had just been elevated to lead the Roman Catholic Church. "John Paul II and Benedict XVI were professors of theology," the article noted. "Francis is a former janitor, nightclub bouncer, chemical technician, and literature teacher."
TIME gave their award to all of the Ebola fighters in 2014.
Health care workers, scientists, nurses, ambulance attendees, and others who fought the devastating Ebola virus outbreak shared the title in 2014.
Editor @nancygibbs explains TIME's choice for Person of the Year 2014 http://t.co/U0duhxJGgF #TIMEPOY http://t.co/W8WuOvDZLb— TIME (@TIME)1418567412.0