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 687,514 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Elisha Otis is the 93rd most popular inventor (up from 106th in 2019), the 1,047th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,176th in 2019) and the 21st most popular Inventor.

Elisha Otis invented the elevator in 1853.

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Among inventors, Elisha Otis ranks 93 out of 354Before him are John Harrison, Alphonse Bertillon, Cornelis Drebbel, Daniel Swarovski, Abraham-Louis Breguet, and Étienne-Jules Marey. After him are Leo Fender, Johann Maria Farina, Wolfgang von Kempelen, Bob Kahn, Charles-Émile Reynaud, and Edmund Cartwright.

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Among people born in 1811, Elisha Otis ranks 15Before him are Harriet Beecher Stowe, Isaac Singer, Louis Blanc, Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Vissarion Belinsky, and Ambroise Thomas. After him are François Achille Bazaine, Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern, Zeng Guofan, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Jón Sigurðsson, and Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Among people deceased in 1861, Elisha Otis ranks 13Before him are Friedrich Carl von Savigny, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Pedro V of Portugal, Lola Montez, Pavel Jozef Šafárik, and Eugène Scribe. After him are Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Adam Jerzy Czartoryski, Ranavalona I, Henri Murger, Lars Levi Laestadius, and Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Elisha Otis ranks 1,047 out of 18,182Before him are Harry Markowitz (1927), Clifford D. Simak (1904), John Vincent Atanasoff (1903), Gary Sinise (1955), Melvin Schwartz (1932), and Anjelica Huston (1951). After him are Michelle Obama (1964), Jerome Karle (1918), Harvey Milk (1930), Burt Young (1940), Ellen DeGeneres (1958), and John Updike (1932).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Elisha Otis ranks 21Before him are John Browning (1855), Jimmy Wales (1966), Josephine Cochrane (1839), Les Paul (1915), George Eastman (1854), and Ray Tomlinson (1941). After him are Leo Fender (1909), Bob Kahn (1938), Robert Noyce (1927), Jacque Fresco (1916), Percy Spencer (1894), and Elias Howe (1819).