Which historical figure would you have most liked to have the talents/personality/opportunities of?
Mine is Henry Cavendish: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Cavendish
Boundlessly wealthy, scientific genius, covered his face when he passed women he didn't know in the street, used to spend hours waiting around the Royal Society plucking up the courage to go in. Plus he discovered lots of important stuff he didn't even bother to tell anyone about.
What a man.