Alberto Santos-Dumont

1873 - 1932

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Alberto Santos Dumont (Palmira, 20 July 1873 — Guarujá, 23 July 1932) was a Brazilian aeronaut, sportsman, inventor, and one of the very few people to have contributed significantly to the early development of both lighter-than-air and heavier-than-air aircraft. The heir of a wealthy family of coffee producers, Santos-Dumont dedicated himself to aeronautical study and experimentation in Paris, where he spent most of his adult life. He designed, built, and flew the first gasoline-powered dirigible balloons and won the Deutsch Prize in 1901, when he flew around the Eiffel Tower in his airship No. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alberto Santos-Dumont has received more than 1,073,802 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Alberto Santos-Dumont is the 72nd most popular inventor (down from 68th in 2019), the 41st most popular biography from Brazil (down from 35th in 2019) and the most popular Brazilian Inventor.

Alberto Santos-Dumont is most famous for inventing the first successful heavier-than-air flying machine.

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Among inventors, Alberto Santos-Dumont ranks 72 out of 355Before him are Louis Renault, John Browning, Richard Arkwright, Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Thomas Savery, and Jacques de Vaucanson. After him are Wolfgang von Kempelen, Jacques Piccard, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, Alois Senefelder, Edmund Cartwright, and Henry Bessemer.

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Among people born in 1873, Alberto Santos-Dumont ranks 18Before him are Alfred Jarry, Luigi Lucheni, Spyridon Louis, William McMaster Murdoch, G. E. Moore, and Julius Martov. After him are Max Reger, Sándor Ferenczi, Hans von Euler-Chelpin, Feodor Chaliapin, Otto Loewi, and Francisco I. Madero. Among people deceased in 1932, Alberto Santos-Dumont ranks 11Before him are Manuel II of Portugal, Giuseppe Peano, Paul Doumer, Gustav Meyrink, George Eastman, and Nadezhda Alliluyeva. After him are Margaret Brown, Errico Malatesta, Ronald Ross, Joseph Babinski, Max Wolf, and Edgar Wallace.

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In Brazil

Among people born in Brazil, Alberto Santos-Dumont ranks 41 out of 1,947Before him are Jairzinho (1944), Arthur Friedenreich (1892), Nelson Piquet (1952), Leônidas (1913), Sebastião Salgado (1944), and Roberto Carlos (1973). After him are Rivaldo (1972), Zito (1932), Juscelino Kubitschek (1902), Gylmar dos Santos Neves (1930), Hebe Camargo (1929), and Bebeto (1964).

Among INVENTORS In Brazil

Among inventors born in Brazil, Alberto Santos-Dumont ranks 1After him are Bartolomeu de Gusmão (1685).