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Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville

1817 - 1879

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Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville ([e.dwaʁ.le.ɔ̃ skɔt də maʁ.tɛ̃.vil]; 25 April 1817 – 26 April 1879) was a French printer, bookseller and inventor. He invented the earliest known sound recording device, the phonautograph, which was patented in France on 25 March 1857. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville has received more than 256,397 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville is the 131st most popular inventor (up from 158th in 2019), the 1,596th most popular biography from France (up from 1,994th in 2019) and the 21st most popular French Inventor.

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Among inventors, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville ranks 131 out of 354Before him are Josef Ressel, Gideon Sundback, Elisha Gray, Robert Adler, Hugo Schmeisser, and Henri Giffard. After him are Robert Stirling, Louis Le Prince, Paul Otlet, Robert Moog, Gunther von Hagens, and Johann Jacob Schweppe.

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Among people born in 1817, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville ranks 19Before him are Pierre Larousse, Theodor Storm, Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Maximilian de Beauharnais, 3rd Duke of Leuchtenberg, Austen Henry Layard, and Charles Adolphe Wurtz. After him are Táhirih, Hermann Lotze, Archduke Stephen, Palatine of Hungary, Albert von Kölliker, Antonio de Torres Jurado, and Princess Marie Amelie of Baden. Among people deceased in 1879, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville ranks 14Before him are Thomas Couture, Albrecht von Roon, Julia Margaret Cameron, Maria Teresa of Savoy, Charles De Coster, and Sher Ali Khan. After him are Jón Sigurðsson, Heinrich Geißler, August Bournonville, Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, Maurycy Gottlieb, and Karl Friedrich Mohr.

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In France

Among people born in France, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville ranks 1,596 out of 6,011Before him are Antoine Béchamp (1816), Princess Louise of Orléans (1882), Théodule-Armand Ribot (1839), Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880), Jean-Pierre Vernant (1914), and Michel Debré (1912). After him are Kylian Mbappé (1998), Philippe Soupault (1897), Pierre Levegh (1905), Raymond Poulidor (1936), Adela of Normandy (1065), and Jean-Mathieu-Philibert Sérurier (1742).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville ranks 21Before him are Étienne-Jules Marey (1830), Charles-Émile Reynaud (1844), André Michelin (1853), Clément Ader (1841), Jean-Pierre Blanchard (1753), and Henri Giffard (1825). After him are Louis Le Prince (1841), Joseph Monier (1823), Guillaume Amontons (1663), Charles Cros (1842), Georges Claude (1870), and Charles Xavier Thomas (1785).