Frank Whittle

1907 - 1996

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Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, (1 June 1907 – 9 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; however, this was technically unfeasible at the time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frank Whittle has received more than 766,026 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Frank Whittle is the 59th most popular inventor (up from 66th in 2019), the 402nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 457th in 2019) and the 11th most popular British Inventor.

Frank Whittle is most famous for inventing the jet engine.

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Among inventors, Frank Whittle ranks 59 out of 355Before him are Emile Berliner, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Henry Fox Talbot, Adam Opel, Louis Blériot, and Hans Lippershey. After him are Josephine Cochrane, Les Paul, Étienne Lenoir, Oleg Antonov, John Deere, and George Eastman.

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Among people born in 1907, Frank Whittle ranks 23Before him are François Duvalier, John Bowlby, Nikolaas Tinbergen, Robert A. Heinlein, Lin Biao, and Horst Wessel. After him are J. Hans D. Jensen, Sister Lúcia, Fred Zinnemann, Dora Maar, Hans Selye, and Bhagat Singh. Among people deceased in 1996, Frank Whittle ranks 13Before him are Marguerite Duras, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Ella Fitzgerald, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Joseph Brodsky, and René Lacoste. After him are Dzhokhar Dudayev, Paul Erdős, Gene Kelly, Sergiu Celibidache, Adolf Galland, and Babrak Karmal.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Frank Whittle ranks 402 out of 6,924Before him are Francis William Aston (1877), Rudolf Abel (1903), Bonnie Tyler (1951), Angus Young (1955), Joshua Reynolds (1723), and Æthelred I, King of Wessex (837). After him are George Paget Thomson (1892), James I of Scotland (1394), David Niven (1910), Richard Attenborough (1923), Robert Fripp (1946), and A. J. Cronin (1896).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Frank Whittle ranks 11Before him are Thomas Newcomen (1663), John Logie Baird (1888), John Herschel (1792), Richard Trevithick (1771), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), and Henry Fox Talbot (1800). After him are Richard Arkwright (1732), Thomas Savery (1650), Edmund Cartwright (1743), Henry Bessemer (1813), John Harrison (1693), and William Webb Ellis (1806).