Denis Papin

1647 - 1712

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Denis Papin FRS (French pronunciation: [dəni papɛ̃]; 22 August 1647 – 26 August 1713) was a French physicist, mathematician and inventor, best known for his pioneering invention of the steam digester, the forerunner of the pressure cooker and of the steam engine. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Denis Papin has received more than 266,252 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia. Denis Papin is the 28th most popular inventor (up from 29th in 2019), the 357th most popular biography from France (down from 326th in 2019) and the 5th most popular French Inventor.

Denis Papin was a physicist and inventor who is most famous for inventing the pressure cooker.

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Among inventors, Denis Papin ranks 28 out of 426Before him are Bartolomeo Cristofori, Samuel Colt, Ernő Rubik, Ismail al-Jazari, Karl Ferdinand Braun, and Antonio Meucci. After him are Steve Wozniak, Joseph Marie Jacquard, Thomas Newcomen, Nicolas Appert, Eli Whitney, and George Westinghouse.

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Among people born in 1647, Denis Papin ranks 1After him are Maria Sibylla Merian, Pierre Bayle, Margaret Mary Alacoque, John George III, Elector of Saxony, Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark, Suleiman of Persia, Giovanni Ceva, Frederick VII, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, Elisabeth Hevelius, Constantine Phaulkon, and William Louis, Duke of Württemberg. Among people deceased in 1712, Denis Papin ranks 2Before him is Giovanni Domenico Cassini. After him are Louis, Duke of Burgundy, Richard Cromwell, Marie Adélaïde of Savoy, Louis Joseph, Duke of Vendôme, Bahadur Shah I, Nicolas Catinat, Louis, Duke of Brittany, Tokugawa Ienobu, Hans-Adam I, Prince of Liechtenstein, and Nehemiah Grew.

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In France

Among people born in France, Denis Papin ranks 357 out of 6,770Before him are Brigitte Macron (1953), Philippe Noiret (1930), Louis Renault (1843), Olivier Messiaen (1908), Gérard Philipe (1922), and Robert Guiscard (1016). After him are Édouard Daladier (1884), Adolphe Thiers (1797), Jean Renoir (1894), Roger Martin du Gard (1881), Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752), and Jean Buridan (1295).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Denis Papin ranks 5Before him are Louis Braille (1809), Louis Daguerre (1787), Rudolf Diesel (1858), and Nicéphore Niépce (1765). After him are Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752), Nicolas Appert (1749), Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725), Louis Renault (1877), Louis Blériot (1872), Claude Chappe (1763), and Jacques de Vaucanson (1709).