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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approval to build the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, whose propulsion system later completely superseded diesel-powered submarines in the US.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 3,641,439 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Chester W. Nimitz is the 139th most popular military personnel (down from 125th in 2019), the 383rd most popular biography from United States (down from 355th in 2019) and the 6th 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 139 out of 1,468Before him are Pancho Villa, Hasdrubal Barca, Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Louis, Grand Condé, Dong Zhuo, and Miloš Obilić. After him are Jean Lannes, Saigō Takamori, Franz Halder, Friedrich Olbricht, Dragut, and Paul Hausser.

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Among people born in 1885, Chester W. Nimitz ranks 15Before him are Ezra Pound, Faisal I of Iraq, George S. Patton, Robert Delaunay, Karen Horney, and Princess Alice of Battenberg. After him are André Maurois, Ernst Busch, Umberto Nobile, D. H. Lawrence, Vladimir Tatlin, and Mikhail Frunze. Among people deceased in 1966, Chester W. Nimitz ranks 14Before him are Sergei Korolev, Peter Debye, Jean Arp, Sepp Dietrich, Sayyid Qutb, and Giuseppe Farina. After him are Montgomery Clift, Dietrich von Choltitz, Felix Steiner, Cemal Gürsel, George de Hevesy, and Frits Zernike.

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Among people born in United States, Chester W. Nimitz ranks 383 out of 18,182Before him are Zachary Taylor (1784), Kurt Cobain (1967), Dian Fossey (1932), David Carradine (1936), Kathy Bates (1948), and Chet Baker (1929). After him are Kurt Russell (1951), Nicole Kidman (1967), Kevin Costner (1955), Jeff Bridges (1949), Charles Goodyear (1800), and Sarah Vaughan (1924).


Among military personnels born in United States, Chester W. Nimitz ranks 6Before him are Douglas MacArthur (1880), Robert E. Lee (1807), Desmond Doss (1919), Robert Peary (1856), and George S. Patton (1885). After him are George Armstrong Custer (1839), Paul Tibbets (1915), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), and Albert Pike (1809).