Emile Berliner

1851 - 1929

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Emile Berliner (May 20, 1851 – August 3, 1929) originally Emil Berliner, was a German-American inventor. He is best known for inventing the lateral-cut flat disc record (called a "gramophone record" in British and American English) used with a gramophone. He founded the United States Gramophone Company in 1894; The Gramophone Company in London, England, in 1897; Deutsche Grammophon in Hanover, Germany, in 1898; and Berliner Gram-o-phone Company of Canada in Montreal in 1899 (chartered in 1904). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emile Berliner has received more than 543,193 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Emile Berliner is the 54th most popular inventor (down from 52nd in 2019), the 488th most popular biography from Germany (down from 455th in 2019) and the 10th most popular German Inventor.

Berliner is most famous for his invention of the phonograph.

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Among inventors, Emile Berliner ranks 54 out of 426Before him are Willis Carrier, Herman Hollerith, Karl Drais, William G. Morgan, Douglas Engelbart, and James Naismith. After him are Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Louis Renault, John Boyd Dunlop, Charles Goodyear, Henry Fox Talbot, and Louis Blériot.

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Among people born in 1851, Emile Berliner ranks 5Before him are Ferdinand Foch, Arthur Evans, Empress Myeongseong, and Louise of Sweden. After him are Ismail Gaspirali, Margherita of Savoy, Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, Olga Constantinovna of Russia, Georg Jellinek, Peder Severin Krøyer, and Léon Bourgeois. Among people deceased in 1929, Emile Berliner ranks 10Before him are Gustav Stresemann, Wilhelm Maybach, Herman Hollerith, Bernhard von Bülow, Prince Maximilian of Baden, and Richard Adolf Zsigmondy. After him are Sergei Diaghilev, Aby Warburg, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Otto Liman von Sanders, Émile Loubet, and Thorstein Veblen.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Emile Berliner ranks 488 out of 7,253Before him are Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (1463), Hans Baldung (1484), John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg (1572), Ernst Bloch (1885), Rupert, King of Germany (1352), and Dietrich von Choltitz (1894). After him are Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France (1731), Otto Loewi (1873), Sophia of Nassau (1836), Jean Paul (1763), Hans Eysenck (1916), and Samuel von Pufendorf (1632).

Among INVENTORS In Germany

Among inventors born in Germany, Emile Berliner ranks 10Before him are Werner von Siemens (1816), Karl Ferdinand Braun (1850), Konrad Zuse (1910), Wilhelm Maybach (1846), Hans Lippershey (1570), and Karl Drais (1785). After him are Adam Opel (1837), Joseph Pilates (1883), Johann Philipp Reis (1834), Alfred Krupp (1812), Theobald Boehm (1794), and Johann Jacob Schweppe (1740).