Granville Woods

1856 - 1910

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Granville Tailer Woods (April 23, 1856 – January 30, 1910) was an inventor who held more than 50 patents in the U.S. He was the first African American mechanical and electrical engineer after the Civil War. Self-taught, he concentrated most of his work on trains and streetcars. One of his notable inventions was a device he called the Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph, a variation of induction telegraph which relied on ambient static electricity from existing telegraph lines to send messages between train stations and moving trains. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Granville Woods has received more than 398,640 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Granville Woods is the 302nd most popular inventor (down from 299th in 2019), the 6,093rd most popular biography from United States (up from 6,577th in 2019) and the 72nd most popular American Inventor.

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Among inventors, Granville Woods ranks 302 out of 355Before him are Per Georg Scheutz, Jozef Murgaš, Whitcomb L. Judson, An Wang, Ivan Polzunov, and John Fitch. After him are Roland Moreno, Almon Brown Strowger, Peter Madsen, Dan Bricklin, Bette Nesmith Graham, and John Philip Holland.

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Among people born in 1856, Granville Woods ranks 91Before him are Louis Brandeis, Ernst Brenner, James Buchanan Duke, Jens Christian Christensen, Alberto Palacio, and Aleksander Brückner. After him are Paul Henri Lecomte, Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger, Wilhelm Geiger, Willem Kes, Wovoka, and Anton Aškerc. Among people deceased in 1910, Granville Woods ranks 75Before him are Fredrik von Otter, Vera Komissarzhevskaya, Stamatios Nikolopoulos, Pierre Nord Alexis, Pedro Montt, and Alexander Agassiz. After him are Heinrich Caro, Adolf Schwarz, Zdenko Hans Skraup, Nikolaos Deligiannis, Boyd Alexander, and Georges de la Falaise.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Granville Woods ranks 6,093 out of 15,968Before him are Lhasa de Sela (1972), Billy Barty (1924), Wiz Khalifa (1987), Eli Lilly (1838), Edward Cook (1888), and Zero Mostel (1915). After him are Forrest Smithson (1884), Joe Jonas (1989), Rachel Ticotin (1958), Brian Setzer (1959), Burt Rutan (1943), and Shawn Wayans (1971).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Granville Woods ranks 72Before him are Robert Metcalfe (1946), Edward Lawry Norton (1898), Jay Miner (1932), Henry M. Leland (1843), Whitcomb L. Judson (1846), and John Fitch (1743). After him are Almon Brown Strowger (1839), Dan Bricklin (1951), Bette Nesmith Graham (1924), George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. (1859), Lynn Conway (1938), and Norman Joseph Woodland (1921).