Franz Reichelt

1879 - 1912

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Franz Reichelt (16 October 1878 – 4 February 1912), also known as Frantz Reichelt or François Reichelt, was an Austrian-born French tailor, inventor and parachuting pioneer, now sometimes referred to as the Flying Tailor, who is remembered for jumping to his death from the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute of his own design. Reichelt had become fixated on developing a suit for aviators that would convert into a parachute and allow them to survive a fall should they be forced to leave their aircraft in mid-air. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franz Reichelt has received more than 685,383 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Franz Reichelt is the 112th most popular inventor (down from 103rd in 2019), the 122nd most popular biography from Czechia (down from 75th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Czech Inventor.

Franz Reichelt was a tailor who attempted to test his invention of a parachute by jumping off the Eiffel Tower in 1912. He died on impact.

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Among inventors, Franz Reichelt ranks 112 out of 355Before him are Elisha Otis, Clément Ader, Joseph Pilates, Zacharias Janssen, Robert Moog, and Theobald Boehm. After him are Zénobe Gramme, Bob Kahn, Johann Philipp Reis, Sequoyah, Gideon Sundback, and André Michelin.

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Among people born in 1879, Franz Reichelt ranks 37Before him are An Jung-geun, Joseph Wirth, Chen Duxiu, Léon Jouhaux, Friedrich Adler, and Francis Peyton Rous. After him are Boris Savinkov, Karl Bühler, William Beveridge, Knud Rasmussen, Pál Teleki, and Wanda Landowska. Among people deceased in 1912, Franz Reichelt ranks 27Before him are Auguste Beernaert, Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria, George Darwin, Henry Tingle Wilde, and James Paul Moody. After him are Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, W. T. Stead, Bolesław Prus, Nogi Maresuke, William Booth, and Isidor Straus.

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In Czechia

Among people born in Czechia, Franz Reichelt ranks 122 out of 839Before him are G. W. Pabst (1885), Jan Kubiš (1913), Bretislav I (1005), Elizabeth of Bohemia (1292), Ludmila of Bohemia (860), and Johann Josef Loschmidt (1821). After him are Marie, Princess of Liechtenstein (1940), Pavel Nedvěd (1972), Jan Neruda (1834), Princess Sophie of Hohenberg (1901), Alfred Kubin (1877), and Alfred Brendel (1931).

Among INVENTORS In Czechia

Among inventors born in Czechia, Franz Reichelt ranks 3Before him are Alois Senefelder (1771) and Daniel Swarovski (1862). After him are Josef Ressel (1793).