James Naismith

1861 - 1939

James Naismith

James Naismith (November 6, 1861 – November 28, 1939) was a Canadian-American physical educator, physician, Christian chaplain, sports coach, and innovator. The same year he left Canada for Springfield, Massachusetts, he invented the game of basketball. 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 2,300,353 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 55th most popular inventor.

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Among inventors, James Naismith ranks 55 out of 323Before him are Wilhelm Maybach, George Westinghouse, Willis Carrier, Isaac Singer, Étienne Lenoir, and Charles Goodyear. After him are Elon Musk, Josephine Cochrane, Les Paul, George Eastman, Henry Fox Talbot, and Alexander Stepanovich Popov.

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Among people born in 1861, James Naismith ranks 14Before him are Victor Horta, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, Georgy Lvov, Robert Bosch, Erich von Falkenhayn, and Alfred North Whitehead. After him are Halford Mackinder, Aristide Maillol, Frederick Gowland Hopkins, José Rizal, H. H. Holmes, and Maximilian von Spee. Among people deceased in 1939, James Naismith ranks 10Before him are Howard Carter, W. B. Yeats, Nadezhda Krupskaya, Joseph Roth, Eugen Bleuler, and Anton Makarenko. After him are Werner von Fritsch, Karl Radek, Matthias Sindelar, Anthony Fokker, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, and Philipp Scheidemann.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, James Naismith ranks 22 out of 840Before him are Saul Bellow (1915), Willard Boyle (1924), Michael J. Fox (1961), Paul Anka (1941), Frederick Banting (1891), and Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874). After him are Gilles Villeneuve (1950), David Cronenberg (1943), Neil Young (1945), Celine Dion (1968), William Shatner (1931), and Richard E. Taylor (1929).

Among INVENTORS In Canada

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

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