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Frank Whittle

1907 - 1996

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Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, (1 June 1907 – 8 August 1996) was an English engineer, inventor and Royal Air Force (RAF) air officer. He is credited with inventing the turbojet engine. A patent was submitted by Maxime Guillaume in 1921 for a similar invention which was technically unfeasible at the time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frank Whittle has received more than 929,777 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Frank Whittle is the 54th most popular inventor (up from 59th in 2019), the 398th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 401st in 2019) and the 10th most popular British Inventor.

Frank Whittle is most famous for inventing the jet engine.

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Among inventors, Frank Whittle ranks 54 out of 354Before him are William G. Morgan, Willis Carrier, Hans Lippershey, John Boyd Dunlop, Emile Berliner, and Wilhelm Maybach. After him are Isaac Singer, Adam Opel, John Deere, Louis Blériot, Douglas Engelbart, and Henry Fox Talbot.

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Among people born in 1907, Frank Whittle ranks 21Before him are Jacques Tati, Yang Shangkun, J. Hans D. Jensen, Lin Biao, John Bowlby, and Robert A. Heinlein. After him are Nikolaas Tinbergen, Hans Selye, Hideki Yukawa, Horst Wessel, Fred Zinnemann, and Bhagat Singh. Among people deceased in 1996, Frank Whittle ranks 16Before him are Dzhokhar Dudayev, Ella Fitzgerald, Joseph Brodsky, Babrak Karmal, René Lacoste, and Paul Erdős. After him are Tadeusz Reichstein, Adolf Galland, Joan Clarke, Gene Kelly, Solomon Asch, and Silvio Piola.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Frank Whittle ranks 398 out of 7,765Before him are Margot Fonteyn (1919), John Wesley (1703), Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales (1453), J. M. Barrie (1860), Ian Holm (1931), and Fred Hoyle (1915). After him are Robert Fripp (1946), Richard Owen (1804), John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), Prince Andrew, Duke of York (1960), Jim Clark (1936), and Millvina Dean (1912).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Frank Whittle ranks 10Before him are George Stephenson (1781), John Logie Baird (1888), Thomas Newcomen (1663), Richard Trevithick (1771), John Herschel (1792), and John Boyd Dunlop (1840). After him are Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Thomas Savery (1650), Richard Arkwright (1732), James Hargreaves (1720), Henry Bessemer (1813), and John Harrison (1693).