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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 718,541 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Hiram Maxim is the 151st most popular inventor (down from 101st in 2019), the 2,065th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,139th in 2019) and the 35th most popular American Inventor.

Hiram Maxim is most famous for inventing the machine gun.

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Among inventors, Hiram Maxim ranks 151 out of 354Before him are Nikolai Kardashev, Reginald Fessenden, Jethro Tull, Robert Ludvigovich Bartini, Mary Anderson, and Fausto Veranzio. After him are Johann Nicolaus von Dreyse, Charles Algernon Parsons, Johann Nepomuk Maelzel, Sequoyah, Christopher Latham Sholes, and Paul Baran.

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Among people born in 1840, Hiram Maxim ranks 31Before him are Princess Margaretha of Saxony, Shibusawa Eiichi, Johan Svendsen, Kuroda Kiyotaka, Sisowath of Cambodia, and Emin Pasha. After him are Namık Kemal, William, Prince of Orange, George Smith, Gall, August Leskien, and Gabriel von Max. Among people deceased in 1916, Hiram Maxim ranks 52Before him are Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Torakusu Yamaha, Ōyama Iwao, Princess Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau, Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova, and Oswald Boelcke. After him are Max Immelmann, Paolo Tosti, Fredrik Idestam, Petar Kočić, Isa Boletini, and Alice Ball.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Hiram Maxim ranks 2,065 out of 18,182Before him are Gabe Newell (1962), Brendan Fraser (1968), Joey Ramone (1951), Jack Nicklaus (1940), Armand Assante (1949), and Paul Wolfowitz (1943). After him are Linda Ronstadt (1946), Eric Adams (1952), Johnny Winter (1944), Georgina Spelvin (1936), Walter Tevis (1928), and Alan Menken (1949).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Hiram Maxim ranks 35Before him are Lee de Forest (1873), Elisha Gray (1835), Robert Moog (1934), Josiah Warren (1798), Alfred Vail (1807), and Mary Anderson (1862). After him are Sequoyah (1770), Christopher Latham Sholes (1819), Charles Martin Hall (1863), Edwin Howard Armstrong (1890), Melvil Dewey (1851), and Garrett Morgan (1877).