We decided to honour these men and women by asking our readers who they thought were the greatest people to have ever lived in or around the city. Here are your suggestions.
5. Nat Gonella
This London born jazz trumpeter, ended up settling in the Portsmouth area. He called Gosport home in 1977 and a square was renamed in his honour in 1994.
6. Arnold Schwarzenegge
One person wrote: 'World Famous person - Arnold Schwarzenegger'. Arnie called Portsmouth home and trained here early in his bodybuilding career.
Photo: Jonathan Brady
7. Frank Jonas
One of our readers wrote: 'Frank Jonas. End of discussion'. He was Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and has championed the armed forces in the city for the majority of his life.
Photo: Ian Hargreaves
8. Isambard Kingdom Brunel
One of our readers said: 'The bloke built the UK and was responsible for so many engineering breakthroughs.' He was born in Portsmouth in 1806 and became one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution.