George Washington

1871 - 1946

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George Constant Louis Washington (May 20, 1871 – March 29, 1946) was an American inventor and businessman. He is best remembered for his invention of an early instant coffee process and for the company he founded to mass-produce it, the G. Washington Coffee Company.An emigrant from his native Belgium, he arrived in the New York area in 1897 and dabbled in several technical fields before hitting upon instant coffee manufacture during a sojourn in Central America in 1906 or 1907. He began selling his coffee in 1909 and founded a company to manufacture it in 1910. Based in New York and New Jersey, his company prospered and became an important military supplier during World War I. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Washington has received more than 36,006,033 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). George Washington is the 231st most popular inventor (up from 238th in 2019), the 367th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 353rd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Belgian Inventor.

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Among inventors, George Washington ranks 231 out of 355Before him are Marcian Hoff, Eugen Langen, Robert Ludvigovich Bartini, Émile Baudot, Gaston Glock, and Alexander Parkes. After him are Pavel Yablochkov, Aurel Stodola, Michael S. Hart, Léon Gaumont, Hovannes Adamian, and James Dyson.

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Among people born in 1871, George Washington ranks 71Before him are John Millington Synge, Gustavs Zemgals, Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg, Hermann Abert, and Princess Eleonore of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich. After him are Segundo de Chomón, Gyula Kellner, Guglielmo Ferrero, Alexander Spendiaryan, Arthur Griffith, and Daniel Alomía Robles. Among people deceased in 1946, George Washington ranks 96Before him are Konstantin Rodzaevsky, Jorge Ubico, Johannes Vares, Gerda Steinhoff, George Arliss, and István Bethlen. After him are Dion Fortune, John Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort, Ahmad Kasravi, Léon Gaumont, Madan Mohan Malaviya, and Heinrich George.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, George Washington ranks 367 out of 899Before him are Romelu Lukaku (1993), Gillis van Coninxloo (1544), Paul Anspach (1882), Prince Laurent of Belgium (1963), Louis Michel (1947), and Jaco Van Dormael (1957). After him are Hieronymus Cock (1518), Eugène Boch (1855), Jan Frans van Bloemen (1662), Arnulf, Count of Holland (951), Adam van Noort (1562), and Daniël Heinsius (1580).

Among INVENTORS In Belgium

Among inventors born in Belgium, George Washington ranks 6Before him are Adolphe Sax (1814), Jacques Piccard (1922), Zénobe Gramme (1826), Paul Otlet (1868), and Robert Cailliau (1947).