The most famous person from Cornwall has been revealed, according to a new interactive map.

Mapbox researcher and geographer Topi Tjukanov developed the insightful map which reveals the birthplaces of the most 'notable people' around the world.

The data is based on a study published in June this year from researchers at the University of Paris. 

A person's significance was calculated based on information scraped from Wikipedia and Wikidata.

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The data accounts for a series of factors including the number of Wikipedia entries, their average length, the average number of views from 2015-18 as well as the total number of external links.

"The data contains a rank value and a notability "sum value" these are used to determine which names are shown and how big they are," Mr Tjukanov explained to users on Twitter.

You can explore the map and view the noteworthy people from hometowns all over the world in four different categories:

  • Culture
  • Discovery & Science
  • Leadership
  • Sports & Games

Who is the most famous person from Cornwall?

Falmouth Packet: The interactive map replaces place names with the names of the most notable people. Picture: Mapbox/Topi TjukanovThe interactive map replaces place names with the names of the most notable people. Picture: Mapbox/Topi Tjukanov

The interactive map reveals William Golding as Cornwall's most notable person.

The novelist, playwright, and poet is best known for his debut novel Lord of the Flies.

In 1980, he was awarded the Booker Prize for Rites of Passage and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1983. In 1988, he was knighted for his contributions to literature.

In 2008, Golding came third in The Times list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Born at his maternal grandmother's house in Newquay, he was raised in Marlborough, Wiltshire but spent many childhood holidays back in his birthplace.

Ranking almost as highly in the fame stakes were BAFTA-winner Kristin Scott Thomas from Redruth, and chemist and inventor Humphry Davy born in Penzance.

Beyond Cornwall, Agatha Christie is credited with being the most notable person from the South West, comic Charlie Chaplin the most significant person from London and for England as a whole, Winston Churchill comes out on top.