Gustave Whitehead

1874 - 1927

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Gustave Albin Whitehead (born Gustav Albin Weisskopf; 1 January 1874 – 10 October 1927) was an aviation pioneer who emigrated from Germany to the United States where he designed and built gliders, flying machines, and engines between 1897 and 1915. Controversy surrounds published accounts and Whitehead's own claims that he flew a powered machine successfully several times in 1901 and 1902, predating the first flights by the Wright Brothers in 1903. Much of Whitehead's reputation rests on a newspaper article which was written as an eyewitness report and describes his powered and sustained flight in Connecticut on 14 August 1901. Over a hundred newspapers in the U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gustave Whitehead has received more than 319,919 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia. Gustave Whitehead is the 119th most popular engineer (up from 123rd in 2019), the 2,092nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,885th in 2019) and the 17th most popular German Engineer.

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Among engineers, Gustave Whitehead ranks 119 out of 325Before him are John Loudon McAdam, Christian Otto Mohr, Mikhail Mil, J. Walter Christie, Eupalinos, and John A. Roebling. After him are Franz Reuleaux, Riccardo Morandi, Carlo Abarth, Yevgeny Dragunov, Georges Leclanché, and Erik Dahlbergh.

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Among people born in 1874, Gustave Whitehead ranks 67Before him are Lina Cavalieri, Elsa Beskow, Huang Xing, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Carl Schlechter, and William Foulke. After him are Franz Schmidt, Ernest Duchesne, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, René-Louis Baire, Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Fred Niblo. Among people deceased in 1927, Gustave Whitehead ranks 51Before him are Sergey Sazonov, Ottavio Bottecchia, Fritz Hofmann, Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, Ahad Ha'am, and Hugo Schuchardt. After him are Vasily Polenov, Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg, Miguel, Duke of Braganza, Inayat Khan, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, and Victorine Meurent.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Gustave Whitehead ranks 2,092 out of 5,289Before him are Karl Ernst (1904), Marianne Weber (1870), Hermann Ehrhardt (1881), Hugo Schuchardt (1842), Klaus Voormann (1938), and Hans Globke (1898). After him are Adolf Meyer (1881), Ernst von Salomon (1902), Heinz Hoffmann (1910), Adolf Frederick I, Duke of Mecklenburg (1588), Yehuda Amichai (1924), and Guido Buchwald (1961).

Among ENGINEERS In Germany

Among engineers born in Germany, Gustave Whitehead ranks 17Before him are Walter Dornberger (1895), Ernst Heinkel (1888), Alexander Lippisch (1894), Erich Topp (1914), Christian Otto Mohr (1835), and John A. Roebling (1806). After him are Franz Reuleaux (1829), Ferdinand Alexander Porsche (1935), Claude Dornier (1884), Hellmuth Walter (1900), Hugo Eckener (1868), and Walter Hohmann (1880).