Chester W. Nimitz

1885 - 1966

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Chester William Nimitz (; February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was a fleet admiral in the United States Navy. He played a major role in the naval history of World War II as Commander in Chief, US Pacific Fleet, and Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, commanding Allied air, land, and sea forces during World War II. Nimitz was the leading US Navy authority on submarines. Qualified in submarines during his early years, he later oversaw the conversion of these vessels' propulsion from gasoline to diesel, and then later was key in acquiring approval to build the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, whose propulsion system later completely superseded diesel-powered submarines in the US. He also, beginning in 1917, was the Navy's leading developer of underway replenishment techniques, the tool which during the Pacific war would allow the US fleet to operate away from port almost indefinitely. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chester W. Nimitz has received more than 4,375,801 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Chester W. Nimitz is the 140th most popular military personnel (up from 145th in 2019), the 382nd most popular biography from United States (up from 383rd in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Military Personnel.

Chester W. Nimitz was a United States Navy admiral during World War II. He was the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet from 1942 until 1945.

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Among military personnels, Chester W. Nimitz ranks 140 out of 2,058Before him are Narses, Franz Halder, Eli Cohen, Ferdinand Schörner, Robert Peary, and August von Mackensen. After him are Ubba, Hamilcar Barca, Zhou Yu, Pyotr Bagration, José de San Martín, and Draža Mihailović.

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Among people born in 1885, Chester W. Nimitz ranks 15Before him are Ezra Pound, Hermann Hoth, Karen Horney, Julius Streicher, Robert Delaunay, and Faisal I of Iraq. After him are André Maurois, Mikhail Frunze, Ernst Busch, Princess Alice of Battenberg, Ernst Bloch, and George de Hevesy. Among people deceased in 1966, Chester W. Nimitz ranks 11Before him are Anna Akhmatova, Georges Lemaître, Sayyid Qutb, Sergei Korolev, Ken Miles, and Sepp Dietrich. After him are Jean Arp, Peter Debye, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Giuseppe Farina, Frits Zernike, and Felix Steiner.

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Among people born in United States, Chester W. Nimitz ranks 382 out of 20,380Before him are Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Michael Clarke Duncan (1957), Rock Hudson (1925), Mickey Rourke (1952), O. Henry (1862), and Raymond Chandler (1888). After him are Henry James (1843), Angela Davis (1944), Ryan O'Neal (1941), Dan Brown (1964), Ruth Handler (1916), and Edward Drinker Cope (1840).


Among military personnels born in United States, Chester W. Nimitz ranks 5Before him are Douglas MacArthur (1880), George S. Patton (1885), Robert E. Lee (1807), and Robert Peary (1856). After him are Paul Tibbets (1915), George Armstrong Custer (1839), Albert Pike (1809), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), and Benedict Arnold (1741).