Guardian Readers Name Their Personality of the Year | World news

guardian readers were invited to provide suggestions on who they would choose as person of the year. Dozens of names have been proposed – from scientists to sports figures, from healthcare workers to climate activists.

And as a sign of the ongoing debate on gender issues, many readers have also named author JK Rowling and online content creator Ranboo.

Here is a selection of the people you nominated.

Health and frontline workers

A nurse and health worker during a door-to-door vaccination campaign in Baksa district, Assam, India. Photograph: Dasarath Deka / Zuma Press Wire / Rex / Shutterstock

Healthcare workers and frontline workers, they have shown the best of humanity – selflessness, compassion, endurance, courage while protecting us as much as they can, risking their lives every day. Kushal, psychologist, India

Eugene Goodman

U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat of Arizona) gives U.S. Capitol Constable Eugene Goodman a hug as she arrives at the Senate Chamber during a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.  The United States Capitol police officer kept violent rioters away from lawmakers inside the United States Capitol during the January 6 attack.
U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat, Arizona) kisses Capitol Policeman Eugene Goodman, who kept rioters away from lawmakers during the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill. Photograph: Rex / Shutterstock

My pick for Person of the Year is Eugene Goodman, who kept the Capitol rioters away from the Senate chambers. He’s a real hero. Lynn, retiree, Colorado

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg alongside other climate activists at a protest in Festival Park, Glasgow, on the first day of the Cop26 summit.
Greta Thunberg with other climate activists at a demonstration in Glasgow on the first day of the Cop26 summit. Photograph: Andrew Milligan / AP

Greta Thunberg for challenging world leaders to take immediate action to tackle climate change. An amazing young person, calling on everyone to do their part to stop climate change. We need more people in the world like her. Anonymous, United States

Vanessa Nakate

Climate activist Vanessa Nakate attends a UN climate summit meeting COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday, November 11, 2021.
Climate activist Vanessa Nakate addresses a meeting at Cop26. Photograph: Alberto Pezzali / AP

Vanessa Nakate. Young and courageous climate activist representing Africa and much more. Gérard, retired university professor in earth sciences, Switzerland

Marcus Rashford

Footballer Marcus Rashford is named MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Duke of Cambridge during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford receives MBE from Prince William at Windsor Castle. Photograph: Aaron Chown / PA

What an amazing and inspiring young man. Yes, he is a highly paid, talented footballer, but the commitment and motivation he has shown to raise awareness and work tirelessly on a poverty issue as important as access to food is incredible and vital. He hasn’t forgotten his roots or what it feels like to have nothing. The way he challenged and confronted government policy has been brilliant. I wish his campaign would continue and inspire others to do the same. I must add that I am a huge fan of Liverpool FC but it transcends footballing allegiances! Anonymous, North wales

Prof Chris Whitty

British Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty addresses the nation during a Covid update in Downing Street on December 15, 2021 in London, England.
England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty addresses the nation during a Covid update in Downing Street. Photograph: WPA / Getty Images

Prof. Chris Whitty because he must publicly present a scientific policy in the midst of a global pandemic at the heart of a toxic and polarized debate. He remained calm and lucid while having to advise ministers on important political decisions. It has also been exposed to the public in a way it does not seem to seek and with sometimes pernicious consequences. Top geek, top guy. Rob, 64, software developer, Hove

Rose Ayling-Ellis

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice lifting the Strictly trophy on Saturday December 21st.
Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice celebrate winning the Strictly Come Dancing Trophy. Photograph: Guy Levy / BBC / PA

Rose Ayling Ellis, for helping show that having a disability can be an absolute gift. She is genuine, genuine, joyful and an exquisite dancer who has helped inspire, comfort millions of people with disabilities, especially the deaf community which is so often marginalized. What woman! Claire, 31 years old, student support and guidance tutor, Brighton

Dame Sarah Gilbert

Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert speaking on the pandemic at the 44th Richard Dimbleby Lecture.
Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert speaking on the Covid pandemic at the 44th Richard Dimbleby Lecture. Photography: BBC

Professor Sarah Gilbert and her team from the Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine team, for their contribution to the fight against Covid and for their fight for non-profit vaccines. Sofia, 56, academic, London

Richard ratcliffe

Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Anglo-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, holds a sign
Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Anglo-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, protests on the 21st and final day of his hunger strike outside the Foreign Office in Whitehall, calling on the government to do more to help his release. Photograph: Vuk Valcic / Sopa Images / Rex / Shutterstock

Richard Ratcliffe. A model of dignity and perseverance in his fight for the justice of Nazanin, he showed [his daughter] Gabriella and all of our society what it really means to be a loving father and husband. His tenacity in the face of a seemingly intransigent political force is simply incredible. I cry just thinking about it. Anonymous, Staffordshire

Jk rowling

Writer JK Rowling poses for photographers as he arrives at the film's premiere
Author JK Rowling at the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald premiere. Photograph: Joel C Ryan / Invision / AP

JK Rowling. Superb writer and it is his writing style that has / still encourages children to read. Although she has experienced domestic violence in her personal life, she uses her experiences and voice to center women and children so that a wider audience is aware of the vulnerabilities children and women may face in society. today. She donates to charity, so she is aware of her hard-earned position and is keen to give back to those in need. She is very inspiring to women and supports women’s rights, despite people trying to belittle her. Michelle, 45, Wiltshire

Simone Bilès

Simone Biles of the United States practices vaulting for artistic gymnastics at Ariake Gymnastics Center in Tokyo, Japan on July 22, 2021
American gymnast Simone Biles at the Ariake Gymnastics Center in Tokyo. Photograph: Ashley Landis / AP

Simone Biles, for raising awareness of mental health issues in sport and for doing the right thing for herself and her health in the face of immense criticism and harassment. She has always presented herself and supported her teammates with grace and dignity. She is a fantastic athlete and an inspiring woman. Anonymous, United Kingdom


A screenshot of Ranboo from RanbooLive.
A screenshot of Ranboo from RanbooLive. Photography: Twitch

“Ranboo”, a young creator of online content, especially on Twitch and YouTube, who has been very successful recently, and for good reason. It has focused on kid-friendly content and has recently disbursed the most funds donated to the Trevor project. He is currently one of the most watched personalities on Twitch, which puts him in a position of fame that he has handled remarkably well: endorsing smart internet safety for young children (name or face withheld, watchful of this. he says, who he can reach or how it can be misinterpreted). Provides widely accessible streams and videos with subtitles suitable for ADHD and dyslexia, turning off live broadcast screens with unexpected flashing lights, epilepsy warnings. Anonymous, Australia

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate receives the team award on behalf of England men's soccer team and manager of the year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2021 at MediaCityUK, Salford.
England football coach Gareth Southgate is named Coach of the Year at the 2021 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Photograph: David Davies / AP

Gareth Southgate, for demonstrating what it means to be a leader in modern England. Beyond his management of the national team at his best in decades, he has been a positive role model in supporting his players and fostering a culture of respect in football. He wasn’t afraid to be honest and speak his mind, but at the same time, he did it in a way that was neither aggressive nor annoying. And he brought the vests back into fashion, which I’m really grateful for. January, Orpington

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