Ernst May

1886 - 1970

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Ernst Georg May (27 July 1886 – 11 September 1970) was a German architect and city planner. May successfully applied urban design techniques to the city of Frankfurt am Main during the Weimar Republic period, and in 1930 less successfully exported those ideas to Soviet Union cities, newly created under Stalinist rule. It is said May's "brigade" of German architects and planners established twenty cities in three years, including Magnitogorsk. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernst May has received more than 107,787 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Ernst May is the 297th most popular architect (down from 278th in 2019), the 3,261st most popular biography from Germany (down from 2,904th in 2019) and the 33rd most popular German Architect.

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Among architects, Ernst May ranks 297 out of 518Before him are Jacques Ignace Hittorff, Friedrich Gilly, Camillo Boito, Bruno Zevi, Charles Percier, and John Vanbrugh. After him are Konstantin Thon, Jan Santini Aichel, Christopher Alexander, Carlo Rossi, Moshe Safdie, and Paul Wallot.

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Among people born in 1886, Ernst May ranks 147Before him are Ty Cobb, Maithili Sharan Gupt, Chester Barnard, Kurt Hahn, Saburō Kurusu, and Hella Wuolijoki. After him are Radhabinod Pal, Leo G. Carroll, Stanisław Leśniewski, Dimitri Uznadze, John Cromwell, and Mohammad-Taqi Bahar. Among people deceased in 1970, Ernst May ranks 121Before him are Unica Zürn, Félix Gaillard, Nikolaus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg, Max Abegglen, Nathan Alterman, and Albert Lamorisse. After him are Henri Queuille, Aimo Lahti, Heino Eller, Tammi Terrell, Luis Mariano, and Gyula Cseszneky.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Ernst May ranks 3,261 out of 7,253Before him are Johann Philipp, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg (1597), Fritz Fischer (1908), Christoph Friedrich Nicolai (1733), Georg Sauerwein (1831), Horst Frank (1929), and Carola Neher (1900). After him are Hans Bauer (1927), Henry I, Margrave of the Saxon Ostmark (1070), Carl Friedrich von Ledebour (1786), Otto Ambros (1901), William Christoph, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg (1625), and Christian Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1683).

Among ARCHITECTS In Germany

Among architects born in Germany, Ernst May ranks 33Before him are Nicodemus Tessin the Elder (1615), Hermann Tilke (1954), Friedrich August Stüler (1800), Ernst Ziller (1837), Werner March (1894), and Jacques Ignace Hittorff (1792). After him are Paul Wallot (1841), Albert Kahn (1869), Dominikus Zimmermann (1685), Helmut Jahn (1940), Carl Humann (1839), and Heinrich Tessenow (1876).