Hello! If you're reading this, and you are not an alien race that has extinguished humanity, then the apocalypse hasn't happened yet. In which case, everyone in the infographic you see here was wrong.
Information design agency Accurat (previously: this map of Nobel prize-winners) originally created this infographic for Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera for a 2012 end-of-year issue, back when the Mayan apocalypse became the latest end-of-the-world that never happened. There's the who, what, and where on a load of doom-sayers, and if it didn't include some truly frightening people, like Charles Manson, some of the data would almost be funny.
The infographic is a bit tough to read, but if you're patient enough, you'll notice that it shows when the "prophets" died before their predictions should've taken place. (Seems like several just happened to make a prediction for a future they'd never live to see anyway.) Even better are the people who made multiple predictions, meaning they tried again after their first guess didn't come true. Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping made no less than four. But that's no reason to suspect the next one won't be spot-on.
You can check out more of Accurat's work over at their site.
We forgot a couple prophets of the apocalyptic demise of humanity and the planet like Paul Ehrlich and James Hansen. They don't make the list because they are "scientists" and the title alone somehow increases the legitimacy of their doom saying, yet they are just as wrong as their predecessors in the Infographic. For example:
Paul Ehrlich from his outrageous book, The Population Bomb, published in 1968: "In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate."
When he made that statement world population was about 3.5 billion people. It has doubled since then to about 7 billion and is predicted to peak around 10 billion. Food production technology improved so much so quickly that the biggest impediment to feeding everyone on earth is political, not technological. Free countries produce food surpluses. People who live in oppression are malnourished.
James Hansen, the foremost climate alarmist after Al Gore, has claimed that the sea level could rise 15 to 20 feet by the year 2100 due to "positive feedback" in the global climate system if we don't curtail man-made carbon dioxide emissions. Another time he illustrated his idea of the amplifying effect of human carbon dioxide emissions like this: "...it gets warmer and warmer then the oceans begin to evaporate and water vapor is a very strong green house gas, even more powerful than carbon dioxide. So you can get to a situation where, it just, the oceans will begin to boil and the planet becomes, uhh, so hot that the ocean ends up in the atmosphere, and that happened to Venus..."
I'll leave it to you to discover why a 20 foot sea level rise by 2100 and oceans boiling away sometime in the future due to man-made carbon dioxide emissions is as preposterous as any of the prophecies in the Infographic.
This a nice infograph.
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2 Peter 3:3 ESV
Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.
Romans 10:11 ESV
11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”
I'm afraid Accurat wasn't all that accurate. Newton privately investigated and guessed at possible dates, but he was against people declaring that the world WOULD end at a certain date. He might have calculated 2000 at one point, but the year I heard about was 2060, and it's not for the end of the world anyway, and again, this was just a private note that he made about a possibility, not something he felt was certain or would have made public. See: www.isaac-newton.org/update.html or search Newton 2060 yourself.
From what I know of a couple other examples, I strongly doubt that they would have set any hard and fast dates. I'd like to see the statements these points were based on with their full context.