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.
One of the most famous authors of all time. Charles was born in Landport in 1812. He went on to write such novels as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities.
Another literary icon. The creator of world famous detective Sherlock Holmes lived in the city and set up a medical practice in Elm Grove. He played for Portsmouth AFC under the pseudonym A. C. Smith.
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Born in Portsmouth in 1925, Peter Sellers went on to become a world famous actor. Starring as Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series as well as performing on The Goon Show on BBC radio.
Born in Portsmouth in 1766, he was resposible for the creation of Ragged schools. These charitable organisations gave free education to destitute children in the 19th century.
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.
One person wrote: 'World Famous person - Arnold Schwarzenegger'. Arnie called Portsmouth home and trained here early in his bodybuilding career.
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.
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.
Born in Portsmouth in 1854, Hertha was a trail blazing engineer. She was awarded the prestigious Hughes Medal in 1906 for her work on electric arcs and ripples in sand and water.