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Elisha Gray

1835 - 1901

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Elisha Gray (August 2, 1835 – January 21, 1901) was an American electrical engineer who co-founded the Western Electric Manufacturing Company. Gray is best known for his development of a telephone prototype in 1876 in Highland Park, Illinois. Some recent authors have argued that Gray should be considered the true inventor of the telephone because Alexander Graham Bell allegedly stole the idea of the liquid transmitter from him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elisha Gray has received more than 660,713 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia. Elisha Gray is the 127th most popular inventor (down from 120th in 2019), the 1,628th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,427th in 2019) and the 30th most popular American Inventor.

Elisha Gray is most famous for inventing the telephone.

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Among inventors, Elisha Gray ranks 127 out of 354Before him are Richard Jordan Gatling, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, Zénobe Gramme, Lee de Forest, Josef Ressel, and Gideon Sundback. After him are Robert Adler, Hugo Schmeisser, Henri Giffard, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, Robert Stirling, and Louis Le Prince.

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Among people born in 1835, Elisha Gray ranks 25Before him are Fukuzawa Yukichi, Nikolai Rubinstein, Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern, Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Shoqan Walikhanov, and Iwasaki Yatarō. After him are Adolph Wagner, Hijikata Toshizō, Sai Baba of Shirdi, Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Simon Newcomb, and Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova. Among people deceased in 1901, Elisha Gray ranks 18Before him are Charles Hermite, Li Hongzhang, Abdur Rahman Khan, Fukuzawa Yukichi, Zénobe Gramme, and Gaetano Bresci. After him are Paul Rée, Josef Rheinberger, Francesco Crispi, Charles Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, George Francis FitzGerald, and Max Joseph von Pettenkofer.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Elisha Gray ranks 1,628 out of 18,182Before him are Hiram Bingham III (1875), Walter Mondale (1928), George Stigler (1911), John G. Avildsen (1935), Leroy Anderson (1908), and Rami Malek (1981). After him are Jerry West (1938), Barry Levinson (1942), Cochise (1805), Tecumseh (1768), Kirstie Alley (1951), and James Baldwin (1924).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Elisha Gray ranks 30Before him are Robert Noyce (1927), Jacque Fresco (1916), Percy Spencer (1894), Elias Howe (1819), Richard Jordan Gatling (1818), and Lee de Forest (1873). After him are Robert Moog (1934), Josiah Warren (1798), Alfred Vail (1807), Mary Anderson (1862), Hiram Maxim (1840), and Sequoyah (1770).