Adolphe Sax

1814 - 1894

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Antoine-Joseph "Adolphe" Sax (French: [ɑ̃twan ʒozɛf adɔlf saks]; 6 November 1814 – 4 February 1894) was a Belgian inventor and musician who created the saxophone in the early 1840s, patenting it in 1846. He also invented the saxotromba, saxhorn and saxtuba. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Adolphe Sax has received more than 2,086,209 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 62 in 2019). Adolphe Sax is the 43rd most popular inventor (down from 30th in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 27th in 2019) and the most popular Inventor.

Adolphe Sax was a Belgian inventor and musician who is most famous for inventing the saxophone.

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Among inventors, Adolphe Sax ranks 43 out of 354Before him are Ismail al-Jazari, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Konrad Zuse, Herman Hollerith, Nicolas Appert, and Igor Sikorsky. After him are Richard Trevithick, Charles Goodyear, Karl Drais, John Herschel, William G. Morgan, and Willis Carrier.

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Among people born in 1814, Adolphe Sax ranks 7Before him are Mikhail Bakunin, Jean-François Millet, Taras Shevchenko, Samuel Colt, Mikhail Lermontov, and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. After him are Julius von Mayer, Anders Jonas Ångström, Henri Nestlé, Hong Xiuquan, Jenny von Westphalen, and James Joseph Sylvester. Among people deceased in 1894, Adolphe Sax ranks 6Before him are Alexander III of Russia, Heinrich Hertz, Robert Louis Stevenson, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Ferdinand de Lesseps. After him are Anton Rubinstein, Lajos Kossuth, Gustave Caillebotte, Marie François Sadi Carnot, Francis II of the Two Sicilies, and Pafnuty Chebyshev.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Adolphe Sax ranks 46 out of 1,019Before him are Princess Stéphanie of Belgium (1864), Eddy Merckx (1945), Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568), Abraham Ortelius (1527), Guillaume Du Fay (1397), and Carlota of Mexico (1840). After him are Jules Bordet (1870), Simon Stevin (1548), Henry van de Velde (1863), Samo (600), Marguerite Yourcenar (1903), and Henri La Fontaine (1854).

Among INVENTORS In Belgium

Among inventors born in Belgium, Adolphe Sax ranks 1After him are Jacques Piccard (1922), Zénobe Gramme (1826), Paul Otlet (1868), Robert Cailliau (1947), and George Washington (1871).