George Stephenson

1781 - 1848

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George Stephenson (9 June 1781 – 12 August 1848) was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer. Renowned as the "Father of Railways", Stephenson was considered by the Victorians a great example of diligent application and thirst for improvement. Self-help advocate Samuel Smiles particularly praised his achievements. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Stephenson has received more than 1,226,688 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). George Stephenson is the 14th most popular inventor, the 84th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 93rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Inventor.

George Stephenson is most famous for inventing the first practical steam locomotive.

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Among inventors, George Stephenson ranks 14 out of 355Before him are Karl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, Rudolf Diesel, Louis Braille, Charles Babbage, and Louis Daguerre. After him are Samuel Morse, Nikolaus Otto, Cai Lun, Nicéphore Niépce, Samuel Colt, and Thomas Newcomen.

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Among people born in 1781, George Stephenson ranks 1After him are Eugène de Beauharnais, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Siméon Denis Poisson, Bernard Bolzano, René Laennec, Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France, Adelbert von Chamisso, Stamford Raffles, David Brewster, Achim von Arnim, and Anton Diabelli. Among people deceased in 1848, George Stephenson ranks 1After him are Emily Brontë, Gaetano Donizetti, Jöns Jacob Berzelius, François-René de Chateaubriand, Christian VIII of Denmark, John Quincy Adams, Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt, Bernard Bolzano, Caroline Herschel, María Isabella of Spain, and Nicolas Oudinot.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, George Stephenson ranks 84 out of 6,924Before him are Charles Babbage (1791), Jeremy Bentham (1748), Roger Bacon (1220), Edward II of England (1284), William Harvey (1578), and Ringo Starr (1940). After him are Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), Emily Brontë (1818), Roger Moore (1927), David Livingstone (1813), Walter Scott (1771), and Ian McKellen (1939).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, George Stephenson ranks 4Before him are James Watt (1736), Alexander Graham Bell (1847), and Charles Babbage (1791). After him are Thomas Newcomen (1663), John Logie Baird (1888), John Herschel (1792), Richard Trevithick (1771), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Frank Whittle (1907), and Richard Arkwright (1732).