As mentioned above, Cochrane may not have any historic equivalent.
We have fellows like von Braun, Columbus, Yeager, Gagarin, Armstrong... but what is Cochrane?
He's the scientist who discovered the space warp physics? He's the engineer who designed the warp engine?
He's the builder who constructed the engine?
He's the pilot who broke the warp barrier?
He's the human who made first contact with aliens?
He's like having Einstein, Lindbergh, von Braun, Magellan, Yeager, Armstrong, Hawking, and more all rolled into one. Almost ridiculous.