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
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
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 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. Young and courageous climate activist representing Africa and much more. GÃ©rard, retired university professor in earth sciences, Switzerland
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
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, 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 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. 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. 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 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
“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, 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