Charles F. Kettering

1958 - 1958

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Charles Franklin Kettering (August 29, 1876 – November 25, 1958) sometimes known as Charles Fredrick Kettering was an American inventor, engineer, businessman, and the holder of 186 patents. He was a founder of Delco, and was head of research at General Motors from 1920 to 1947. Among his most widely used automotive developments were the electrical starting motor and leaded gasoline. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles F. Kettering has received more than 587,212 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Charles F. Kettering is the 404th most popular inventor (down from 375th in 2019), the 10,897th most popular biography from United States (up from 11,711th in 2019) and the 119th most popular American Inventor.

Memorability Metrics

  • 590k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 42.48

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 20

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.50

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.15

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Charles F. Kettering has had the most page views in the with 67,438 views, followed by Russian (3,813), and Chinese (3,807). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Catalan (117.83%), Malagasy (95.39%), and Egyptian Arabic (91.89%)


Among inventors, Charles F. Kettering ranks 404 out of 426Before him are Yvonne Brill, Walter Frederick Morrison, John Whitehurst, Arnold Orville Beckman, Peter Cooper, and Arthur Fry. After him are Stanford R. Ovshinsky, Kamil Tolon, Richard Pearse, Roger C. Field, Clarence Birdseye, and Charles Ammi Cutter.

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Among people born in 1958, Charles F. Kettering ranks 491Before him are Arto Bryggare, Mike Rotunda, Olivier Weber, Neetu Singh, Monica Guerritore, and Peter Watts. After him are Ellen Ochoa, Jean-Max Bellerive, Harri Kirvesniemi, Raymond Mommens, Jeffrey Williams, and María Caridad Colón. Among people deceased in 1958, Charles F. Kettering ranks 186Before him are Barbara Bennett, Hubert Wilkins, Endre Tilli, The Boswell Sisters, Archie Scott Brown, and Eleanor Hallowell Abbott. After him are Vilhelm Wolfhagen, Alfred Probst, Pat O'Connor, Walter Crickmer, Tris Speaker, and Friedrich Maurer.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Charles F. Kettering ranks 10,897 out of 20,380Before him are Shannyn Sossamon (1978), Dale Chihuly (1941), S. David Griggs (1939), Matt Schulze (1972), Mathew Knowles (1952), and Janine Turner (1962). After him are Tim Reid (1944), John Bunny (1863), Isabel Sanford (1917), Al Joyner (1960), Ellen Ochoa (1958), and James Hartle (1939).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Charles F. Kettering ranks 119Before him are Granville Woods (1856), Bette Nesmith Graham (1924), Walter Frederick Morrison (1920), Arnold Orville Beckman (1900), Peter Cooper (1791), and Arthur Fry (1931). After him are Stanford R. Ovshinsky (1922), Clarence Birdseye (1886), Charles Ammi Cutter (1837), John F. Seitz (1892), Sarah E. Goode (1855), and Marc Andreessen (1971).