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With 354 biographies, Inventors are the 36th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Swimmers, Chess Players, and Hockey Players.

Pantheon has 385 people classified as inventors born between 48 and 1997. Of these 385, 37 (9.61%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living inventors include Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and Ernő Rubik. The most famous deceased inventors include Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, and Nikola Tesla. As of April 2022, 31 new inventors have been added to Pantheon including Alfred Krupp, Garrett Morgan, and Royal Rife.

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Most inventors were born in United States (115), United Kingdom (61), and Germany (43). By city, the most common birth places were Paris (11), Philadelphia (6), and New York City (5).The most common death places of inventors were United States (123), United Kingdom (54), and France (42). By city, these were Paris (21), New York City (16), and London (16).

The earliest biographies classified as inventors in Pantheon are Thonmi Sambhota, Mary the Jewess, and Cai Lun.  The concentration of inventors was largest during the Newspaper Era, which lasted from 1700 to 1899. Some birth or death locations for earlier inventors are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.

Which Inventors were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Inventors since 1700.

Inventors are found within the Science & Technology domain which also includes Biologists, Mathematicians, Physicists, Astronomers, and Chemists.