Charles F. Kettering

1958 - 1958

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Charles Franklin Kettering (August 29, 1876 – November 25, 1958) sometimes known as Charles "Boss" 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 419,609 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia. Charles F. Kettering is the 342nd most popular inventor, the 11,381st most popular biography from United States and the 96th most popular American Inventor.

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Among inventors, Charles F. Kettering ranks 342 out of 355Before him are Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Atkinson, Lawrence Hargrave, Arunachalam Muruganantham, Elizabeth Holmes, and Marc Andreessen. After him are Wendell Brown, Stanford R. Ovshinsky, Jarkko Oikarinen, Jeff Cronenweth, Hary Gunarto, and Boyan Slat.

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Among people born in 1958, Charles F. Kettering ranks 482Before him are Petr Rada, Hiroshi Mori, Barbara Crampton, Steve Antin, Christopher Dean, and Tom Lanoye. After him are John Herrington, Ramona Neubert, Reema Lagoo, Brice Hortefeux, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and Luther Blissett. Among people deceased in 1958, Charles F. Kettering ranks 147Before him are Russell Mockridge, George Orton, Mark Jones, Harry Spanjer, Tris Speaker, and David Jack. After him is Willie Applegarth.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Charles F. Kettering ranks 11,381 out of 15,968Before him are Brendan Hines (1976), Courtney Ford (1978), Troy Davis (1968), Jennifer Gareis (1970), Geri Allen (1957), and Shane Mosley (1971). After him are Ariana Jollee (1982), Maximiliano Hernández (1973), Deidre Hall (1947), Robert Osborne (1932), Nate Mendel (1968), and Evan Jones (1976).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Charles F. Kettering ranks 96Before him are Christopher C. Kraft Jr. (1924), Harold Eugene Edgerton (1903), Robert S. Langer (1948), Arnold Orville Beckman (1900), Elizabeth Holmes (1984), and Marc Andreessen (1971). After him are Wendell Brown (1961), Stanford R. Ovshinsky (1922), Jeff Cronenweth (1962), David Hahn (1976), George Hotz (1989), and Tony Fadell (1969).