Barnes Wallis

1887 - 1979

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Sir Barnes Neville Wallis (26 September 1887 – 30 October 1979) was an English scientist, engineer and inventor. He is best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by the Royal Air Force in Operation Chastise (the "Dambusters" raid) to attack the dams of the Ruhr Valley during World War II. The raid was the subject of the 1955 film The Dam Busters, in which Wallis was played by Michael Redgrave. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Barnes Wallis has received more than 712,588 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Barnes Wallis is the 322nd most popular inventor (down from 288th in 2019), the 3,895th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 3,079th in 2019) and the 57th most popular British Inventor.

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Among inventors, Barnes Wallis ranks 322 out of 355Before him are Dean Kamen, Georges Beuchat, Karl Jatho, Margaret E. Knight, Henry J. Kaiser, and John Whitehurst. After him are Robin Li, William Friese-Greene, Lewis Howard Latimer, Walter Frederick Morrison, Yvonne Brill, and John F. Seitz.

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Among people born in 1887, Barnes Wallis ranks 201Before him are Samuel Eliot Morison, Victor Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow, Teodor Koskenniemi, Martín Luis Guzmán, Juan Manuel Gálvez, and Erich Hecke. After him are Robinson Jeffers, Charles Reisner, Ralph Ince, George Abbott, Karl Taylor Compton, and Joseph Lamb. Among people deceased in 1979, Barnes Wallis ranks 192Before him are Yahya Petra of Kelantan, Ľudmila Pajdušáková, Aksel Berg, John Norton, Les Clark, and Magnar Isaksen. After him are Imre Harangi, Jan Pijnenburg, Blue Mitchell, Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, Corinne Griffith, and Ben Lyon.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Barnes Wallis ranks 3,895 out of 6,924Before him are John Whitehurst (1713), Rita Tushingham (1942), James Nesbitt (1965), Ken Wharton (1916), Charles Jarrott (1927), and Bill Moggridge (1943). After him are Justin Welby (1956), Michael Portillo (1953), Daniel Sturridge (1989), Beth Gibbons (1965), Karen Gillan (1987), and John Bercow (1963).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Barnes Wallis ranks 57Before him are John Barnard (1946), Joseph Bramah (1748), David Dunbar Buick (1854), Isaac Pitman (1813), Henry Shrapnel (1761), and John Whitehurst (1713). After him are William Friese-Greene (1855), Roger C. Field (1945), and Lawrence Hargrave (1850).