The most famous person from Greenock 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 from the University of Paris. 

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

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 Greenock?

Greenock Telegraph: Notable people interactive map in Inverclyde (Mapbox/ Topi Tjukanov)Notable people interactive map in Inverclyde (Mapbox/ Topi Tjukanov)

The interactive map reveals that James Watt is the most significant person to come from Greenock.

The inventor, chemist and mechanical engineer (1736-1819) is perhaps best known for the Watt steam engine which became one of the most prominent points of change in the Industrial Revolution.

Watt also developed the concept of horsepower and continues to impact us today since the 'Watt' unit of power is named after him.

Other notable names that made a splash on the map include Finlay Quistan who was a World War I flying ace who was accredited with 11 aerial victories in his career.

Gourock's biggest name was footballer David Provan who played for Kilmarnock, Celtic and Scotland throughout his career.

Looking at Port Glasgow, the actor Ross McCall got a mention who you may recognise from his roles in the 2001 mini-series Band of Brothers or for playing Matthew Keller in White Collar.

Beyond Inverclyde, legendary actor Sean Connery has been deemed the most notable name from Edinburgh and comic Charlie Chaplin is considered the most significant person from the UK's capital.