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Alexander Stepanovich Popov

1859 - 1906

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Alexander Stepanovich Popov (sometimes spelled Popoff; Russian: Алекса́ндр Степа́нович Попо́в; March 16 [O.S. March 4] 1859 – January 13 [O.S. December 31, 1905] 1906) was a Russian physicist, who was one of the first persons to invent a radio receiving device.Popov's work as a teacher at a Russian naval school led him to explore high frequency electrical phenomena. On May 7, 1895, he presented a paper on a wireless lightning detector he had built that worked via using a coherer to detect radio noise from lightning strikes. This day is celebrated in the Russian Federation as Radio Day. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexander Stepanovich Popov has received more than 355,625 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Alexander Stepanovich Popov is the 69th most popular inventor (down from 61st in 2019), the 201st most popular biography from Russia (down from 181st in 2019) and the most popular Russian Inventor.

Alexander Stepanovich Popov is most famous for inventing the radio.

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Among INVENTORS

Among inventors, Alexander Stepanovich Popov ranks 69 out of 355Before him are Oleg Antonov, John Deere, George Eastman, Louis Renault, John Browning, and Richard Arkwright. After him are Thomas Savery, Jacques de Vaucanson, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Wolfgang von Kempelen, Jacques Piccard, and Paul Gottlieb Nipkow.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1859, Alexander Stepanovich Popov ranks 16Before him are Georges Seurat, Svante Arrhenius, Billy the Kid, Yuan Shikai, Sholem Aleichem, and Jean Jaurès. After him are Alexandre Millerand, Verner von Heidenstam, Jerome K. Jerome, George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, Pierre Janet, and Hugo Junkers. Among people deceased in 1906, Alexander Stepanovich Popov ranks 8Before him are Henrik Ibsen, Pierre Curie, Ludwig Boltzmann, Christian IX of Denmark, Archduke Otto of Austria, and Élie Ducommun. After him are Susan B. Anthony, Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, Anton Arensky, Georgy Gapon, Mihály Zichy, and Jules Breton.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Alexander Stepanovich Popov ranks 201 out of 2,688Before him are Ilya Frank (1908), Vladimir Solovyov (1853), Pitirim Sorokin (1889), Pafnuty Chebyshev (1821), Andrei Tupolev (1888), and Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich of Russia (1779). After him are Yuri Dolgorukiy (1095), Witold Pilecki (1901), Raisa Gorbacheva (1932), Alla Pugacheva (1949), Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin (1855), and The French Angel (1903).

Among INVENTORS In Russia

Among inventors born in Russia, Alexander Stepanovich Popov ranks 1After him are Léon Theremin (1896), Vladimir K. Zworykin (1888), Nikolai Kardashev (1932), Mikhail Dolivo-Dobrovolsky (1862), Pavel Yablochkov (1847), Rostislav Alexeyev (1916), Ivan Kulibin (1735), and Ivan Polzunov (1728).