Charles Martin Hall

1863 - 1914

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Charles Martin Hall (December 6, 1863 – December 27, 1914) was an American inventor, businessman, and chemist. He is best known for his invention in 1886 of an inexpensive method for producing aluminum, which became the first metal to attain widespread use since the prehistoric discovery of iron. He was one of the founders of Alcoa. Alfred E. Hunt, together with Charles Hall and a group of five other individuals – his partner at the Pittsburgh Testing Laboratory, George Hubbard Clapp; his chief chemist, W. S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Martin Hall has received more than 172,362 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Charles Martin Hall is the 167th most popular inventor (up from 246th in 2019), the 2,368th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,843rd in 2019) and the 39th most popular American Inventor.

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Among inventors, Charles Martin Hall ranks 167 out of 355Before him are Ottaviano Petrucci, Siegfried Marcus, Oskar Barnack, Gunther von Hagens, Johann Christoph Denner, and Hans von Ohain. After him are Lars Magnus Ericsson, Joseph Monier, Sandford Fleming, Friedrich Zander, Matthew Boulton, and Guillaume Amontons.

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Among people born in 1863, Charles Martin Hall ranks 55Before him are Ludwig Borchardt, Émile Friant, Max Skladanowsky, Alexander Siloti, Paul Drude, and Arthur Machen. After him are Archduke Leopold Salvator of Austria, Hermann Bahr, Gabriel Pierné, Paul Walden, Herbert James Draper, and Princess Isabella of Bavaria. Among people deceased in 1914, Charles Martin Hall ranks 42Before him are Johann Wilhelm Hittorf, Giuseppe Mercalli, John Henry Poynting, Pyotr Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky, Jurji Zaydan, and Theodor Lipps. After him are Julio Argentino Roca, John Muir, Stevan Mokranjac, Ödön Lechner, Prince Friedrich of Saxe-Meiningen, and George William Hill.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Charles Martin Hall ranks 2,368 out of 15,968Before him are Conchata Ferrell (1943), Christopher A. Sims (1942), Robert W. Wood (1868), Jennifer Beals (1963), Ward Cunningham (1949), and Michael Phelps (1985). After him are Anna Moffo (1932), Carol Gilligan (1936), Emma Stone (1988), Jeffrey C. Hall (1945), Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921), and Lee Hazlewood (1929).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Charles Martin Hall ranks 39Before him are Richard Jordan Gatling (1818), Christopher Latham Sholes (1819), Josiah Warren (1798), Edwin Howard Armstrong (1890), Elias Howe (1819), and Melvil Dewey (1851). After him are J. Presper Eckert (1919), Ruth Handler (1916), Eli Whitney (1765), Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834), John Wesley Hyatt (1837), and Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878).