Chester W. Nimitz

1885 - 1966

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Chester William Nimitz (; February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was a fleet admiral of 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approval to build the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, whose propulsion system later completely superseded diesel-powered submarines in the US.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 3,097,876 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Chester W. Nimitz is the 125th most popular military personnel (up from 181st in 2019), the 355th most popular biography from United States (up from 484th 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 125 out of 1,466Before him are Saigō Takamori, Heinrich Müller, Louis-Nicolas Davout, Eli Cohen, Dong Zhuo, and Perdiccas. After him are Hiroo Onoda, Bohemond I of Antioch, Semyon Timoshenko, Robert E. Lee, Zhou Yu, and Ferdinand Schörner.

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Among people born in 1885, Chester W. Nimitz ranks 12Before him are Albert Kesselring, Julius Streicher, Hermann Hoth, Ezra Pound, François Mauriac, and Faisal I of Iraq. After him are Robert Delaunay, Vladimir Tatlin, André Maurois, Ernst Busch, Karen Horney, and Umberto Nobile. Among people deceased in 1966, Chester W. Nimitz ranks 10Before him are Alberto Giacometti, Georges Lemaître, Anna Akhmatova, Sergei Korolev, Jean Arp, and Sepp Dietrich. After him are Montgomery Clift, Giuseppe Farina, Peter Debye, Ken Miles, Sayyid Qutb, and Felix Steiner.

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Among people born in United States, Chester W. Nimitz ranks 355 out of 15,968Before him are Sarah Vaughan (1924), Rachel Carson (1907), Joe Dassin (1938), Marvin Gaye (1939), Anthony Perkins (1932), and Henry Clay (1777). After him are Ted Kaczynski (1942), Isaac Singer (1811), P. T. Barnum (1810), John Quincy Adams (1767), Robert Johnson (1911), and Claude Shannon (1916).


Among military personnels born in United States, Chester W. Nimitz ranks 5Before him are Douglas MacArthur (1880), George S. Patton (1885), Desmond Doss (1919), and Robert Peary (1856). After him are Robert E. Lee (1807), George Armstrong Custer (1839), Paul Tibbets (1915), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), and Yonatan Netanyahu (1946).