James Naismith

1861 - 1939

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James Naismith (NAY-smith; November 6, 1861 – November 28, 1939) was a Canadian-American physical educator, physician, Christian chaplain, sports coach, and inventor of the game of basketball. After moving to the United States, he wrote the original basketball rule book and founded the University of Kansas basketball program. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Naismith has received more than 3,412,847 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia. James Naismith is the 27th most popular inventor (up from 55th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Canada (up from 22nd in 2019) and the most popular Canadian Inventor.

James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891.

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Among inventors, James Naismith ranks 27 out of 355Before him are Werner von Siemens, Antonio Meucci, Karl Ferdinand Braun, Denis Papin, George Westinghouse, and Bartolomeo Cristofori. After him are John Logie Baird, Robert Fulton, Adolphe Sax, Joseph Marie Jacquard, Nicolas Appert, and Jimmy Wales.

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Among people born in 1861, James Naismith ranks 7Before him are Rabindranath Tagore, Rudolf Steiner, Mehmed VI, Fridtjof Nansen, Lou Andreas-Salomé, and Georges Méliès. After him are Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, Victor Horta, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Erich von Falkenhayn, Alfred North Whitehead, and Robert Bosch. Among people deceased in 1939, James Naismith ranks 4Before him are Sigmund Freud, Pope Pius XI, and Howard Carter. After him are Nadezhda Krupskaya, Alphonse Mucha, W. B. Yeats, Joseph Roth, Eugen Bleuler, Werner von Fritsch, Anton Makarenko, and Douglas Fairbanks.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, James Naismith ranks 7 out of 1,130Before him are Leonard Cohen (1934), Leslie Nielsen (1926), Albert Bandura (1925), Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874), Donald Sutherland (1935), and Marshall McLuhan (1911). After him are Erving Goffman (1922), Alice Munro (1931), Frank Gehry (1929), Justin Trudeau (1971), Christopher Plummer (1929), and James Cameron (1954).

Among INVENTORS In Canada

Among inventors born in Canada, James Naismith ranks 1After him are Gerald Bull (1928), Reginald Fessenden (1866), Joseph-Armand Bombardier (1907), and Yvonne Brill (1924).