Elisha Otis

1811 - 1861

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Elisha Graves Otis (August 3, 1811 – April 8, 1861) was an American industrialist, founder of the Otis Elevator Company, and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elisha Otis has received more than 632,502 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Elisha Otis is the 106th most popular inventor (up from 109th in 2019), the 1,177th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,157th in 2019) and the 26th most popular American Inventor.

Elisha Otis invented the elevator in 1853.

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Among inventors, Elisha Otis ranks 106 out of 355Before him are Charles-Émile Reynaud, Hiram Maxim, Taiichi Ohno, Claude Chappe, Daniel Swarovski, and André-Jacques Garnerin. After him are Clément Ader, Joseph Pilates, Zacharias Janssen, Robert Moog, Theobald Boehm, and Franz Reichelt.

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Among people born in 1811, Elisha Otis ranks 16Before him are Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louis Blanc, Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Vissarion Belinsky, François Achille Bazaine, and Ambroise Thomas. After him are Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern, Zeng Guofan, Jón Sigurðsson, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, and Jules Dupré. Among people deceased in 1861, Elisha Otis ranks 17Before him are Pavel Jozef Šafárik, Ranavalona I, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Adam Jerzy Czartoryski, Lars Levi Laestadius, and Eugène Scribe. After him are Henri Murger, Henry Gray, Infante Carlos, Count of Montemolin, Teréz Brunszvik, Heinrich Marschner, and Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Elisha Otis ranks 1,177 out of 15,968Before him are Harrison Schmitt (1935), Raymond A. Spruance (1886), Will Durant (1885), Alonzo Church (1903), Joe Satriani (1956), and Tess Gerritsen (1953). After him are Carl Woese (1928), Shia LaBeouf (1986), Phil Spector (1939), Donna Reed (1921), George Jung (1942), and Paul Lauterbur (1929).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Elisha Otis ranks 26Before him are Ray Tomlinson (1941), Percy Spencer (1894), Leo Fender (1909), Jacque Fresco (1916), Robert Noyce (1927), and Hiram Maxim (1840). After him are Robert Moog (1934), Bob Kahn (1938), Sequoyah (1770), Elisha Gray (1835), Lee de Forest (1873), and Mary Anderson (1862).