Antonio Meucci

1808 - 1889

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Antonio Santi Giuseppe Meucci ( may-OO-chee, Italian: [anˈtɔːnjo meˈuttʃi]; 13 April 1808 – 18 October 1889) was an Italian inventor and an associate of Giuseppe Garibaldi, a major political figure in the history of Italy. Meucci is best known for developing a voice-communication apparatus that several sources credit as the first telephone. Meucci set up a form of voice-communication link in his Staten Island, New York, home that connected the second-floor bedroom to his laboratory. He submitted a patent caveat for his telephonic device to the U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Antonio Meucci has received more than 1,294,044 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Antonio Meucci is the 27th most popular inventor (down from 25th in 2019), the 410th most popular biography from Italy (down from 323rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular Italian Inventor.

Antonio Meucci is most famous for inventing the telephone.

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Among inventors, Antonio Meucci ranks 27 out of 426Before him are Werner von Siemens, Bartolomeo Cristofori, Samuel Colt, Ernő Rubik, Ismail al-Jazari, and Karl Ferdinand Braun. After him are Denis Papin, Steve Wozniak, Joseph Marie Jacquard, Thomas Newcomen, Nicolas Appert, and Eli Whitney.

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Among people born in 1808, Antonio Meucci ranks 5Before him are Andrew Johnson, Napoleon III, Honoré Daumier, and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria. After him are Frederick VII of Denmark, Patrice de MacMahon, Emir Abdelkader, Jefferson Davis, Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, Gérard de Nerval, and Thomas Cook. Among people deceased in 1889, Antonio Meucci ranks 3Before him are James Prescott Joule, and Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria. After him are Baroness Mary Vetsera, Jefferson Davis, Michel Eugène Chevreul, Alexandre Cabanel, Luís I of Portugal, Mihai Eminescu, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, Father Damien, and Wilkie Collins.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Antonio Meucci ranks 410 out of 5,161Before him are Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863), Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1519), Pietro Mascagni (1863), Pope Innocent IV (1195), Alessandro Cagliostro (1743), and Petronius Maximus (396). After him are Philip Neri (1515), Pope Leo VII (900), Charles I of Hungary (1288), Pope Anastasius I (340), Giovanni Falcone (1939), and Pope Soter (120).

Among INVENTORS In Italy

Among inventors born in Italy, Antonio Meucci ranks 4Before him are Leonardo da Vinci (1452), Guglielmo Marconi (1874), and Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655). After him are Johann Maria Farina (1685), Angelo Moriondo (1851), Ottaviano Petrucci (1466), Max Valier (1895), Giovanni Caselli (1815), and Andrew Viterbi (1935).