Sheryl, Matt, or Cmdr. Hadfield? Vote for the 2013 Geek of the Year!

Jan 2 2014 - 6:26am

We've already dubbed 2013 the year of the Cumberbatch [1], but now it's time to hear from you. Before crowning Benedict, we had several fierce contenders.

There was Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield [2] of Expedition 34, who tumbled, tweeted, and live streamed from the International Space Station, connecting with us earthlings from space like never before. Jenna Coleman [3], who took over the role of the Doctor's companion from our beloved Karen Gillan in March, was also tough competition. Speaking of Doctor Who, Matt Smith [4] had a fantastic run as Eleven in his final season.

We're all for women in STEM as well, and the extraordinary women of NASA's 2013 astronaut class [5] certainly inspired us this year. Four out of eight astronaut candidates were ladies! Another woman breaking barriers is Angela Ahrendts [6], the fashion-minded former Burberry [7] CEO who will become Apple's first female executive as senior VP of retail.

In the world of science, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson [8], who is bringing a remake of Cosmos to primetime in 2014, hit the million-follower mark on Twitter [9] and participated in a Reddit AMA [10] that confirms yet again he is indeed a badass.

Benedict, of course, had an outstanding year, but so did his Sherlock costar Martin Freeman [11], who was phenomenal as Bilbo in this December's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Last but not least, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, whose book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead was the most searched book [12] on Google in 2013. Not surprisingly, Sandberg was also named one of Time magazine's most influential people [13].

Who deserves the title as 2013's geek of the year? Vote for your favorite, then tell us why!

Source: Burberry [14], Getty [15], and NASA [16]

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