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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 228,950 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia. Denis Papin is the 29th most popular inventor (down from 24th in 2019), the 326th most popular biography from France (down from 281st 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 29 out of 354Before him are Charles K. Kao, Thomas Newcomen, Antonio Meucci, Werner von Siemens, James Naismith, and Steve Wozniak. After him are Ernő Rubik, Bartolomeo Cristofori, George Westinghouse, Robert Fulton, Joseph Marie Jacquard, and Abbas ibn Firnas.

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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, Suleiman of Persia, Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark, Giovanni Ceva, Constantine Phaulkon, Frederick VII, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, and Elisabeth Hevelius. Among people deceased in 1712, Denis Papin ranks 3Before him are Giovanni Domenico Cassini and Louis, Duke of Burgundy. After him are Richard Cromwell, Marie Adélaïde of Savoy, Louis Joseph, Duke of Vendôme, Louis, Duke of Brittany, Bahadur Shah I, Hans-Adam I, Prince of Liechtenstein, Nicolas Catinat, Tokugawa Ienobu, and Jan van der Heyden.

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In France

Among people born in France, Denis Papin ranks 326 out of 6,011Before him are Guillaume de Machaut (1300), Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707), Sophie Germain (1776), Paul Valéry (1871), Antonin Artaud (1896), and Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749). After him are Marcel Marceau (1923), Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1275), Claude of France (1499), Olivier Messiaen (1908), Georges-Eugène Haussmann (1809), and François Couperin (1668).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Denis Papin ranks 5Before him are Louis Braille (1809), Rudolf Diesel (1858), Louis Daguerre (1787), and Nicéphore Niépce (1765). After him are Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752), Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725), Nicolas Appert (1749), Louis Blériot (1872), Louis Renault (1877), Jacques de Vaucanson (1709), and André-Jacques Garnerin (1769).