Hiram Maxim

1840 - 1916

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Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim (5 February 1840 – 24 November 1916) was an American-British inventor best known as the creator of the first automatic machine gun, the Maxim gun. Maxim held patents on numerous mechanical devices such as hair-curling irons, a mousetrap, and steam pumps. Maxim laid claim to inventing the lightbulb.Maxim experimented with powered flight; his large aircraft designs were never successful. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hiram Maxim has received more than 634,520 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Hiram Maxim is the 101st most popular inventor (up from 115th in 2019), the 1,140th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,250th in 2019) and the 25th most popular American Inventor.

Hiram Maxim is most famous for inventing the machine gun.

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Among inventors, Hiram Maxim ranks 101 out of 355Before him are Abraham-Louis Breguet, Cornelis Drebbel, Sakichi Toyoda, Vladimir K. Zworykin, Henri Coandă, and Charles-Émile Reynaud. After him are Taiichi Ohno, Claude Chappe, Daniel Swarovski, André-Jacques Garnerin, Elisha Otis, and Clément Ader.

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Among people born in 1840, Hiram Maxim ranks 19Before him are John Boyd Dunlop, Carl Menger, Father Damien, Thomas Hardy, August Bebel, and Richard von Krafft-Ebing. After him are Alfred Thayer Mahan, Edward Whymper, Hans Makart, Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein, Johan Svendsen, and Giovanni Verga. Among people deceased in 1916, Hiram Maxim ranks 35Before him are Rubén Darío, Eduard Strauss, Jean Webster, Gaston Maspero, Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz, and Vilhelm Hammershøi. After him are Victoriano Huerta, Pierre Duhem, Gérard Encausse, Julius Fučík, Max Immelmann, and Hugo Münsterberg.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Hiram Maxim ranks 1,140 out of 15,968Before him are Peter Dinklage (1969), David Scott (1932), James Earl Ray (1928), Robert Englund (1947), Geena Davis (1956), and Mark Felt (1913). After him are Kelly Preston (1962), Sonny Liston (1932), William Howard Stein (1911), Mae West (1893), Susan Hayward (1917), and Joseph Erlanger (1874).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Hiram Maxim ranks 25Before him are John Browning (1855), Ray Tomlinson (1941), Percy Spencer (1894), Leo Fender (1909), Jacque Fresco (1916), and Robert Noyce (1927). After him are Elisha Otis (1811), Robert Moog (1934), Bob Kahn (1938), Sequoyah (1770), Elisha Gray (1835), and Lee de Forest (1873).