Jean-Pierre Blanchard

1753 - 1809

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Jean-Pierre [François] Blanchard (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃ pjɛʁ blɑ̃ʃaʁ]; 4 July 1753 – 7 March 1809) was a French inventor, best known as a pioneer of gas balloon flight, who distinguished himself in the conquest of the air in a balloon. Notable for his successful hydrogen balloon flight in Paris on 2 March 1784, Blanchard later moved to London and undertook flights with varying propulsion mechanisms. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Pierre Blanchard has received more than 218,722 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Jean-Pierre Blanchard is the 140th most popular inventor (down from 122nd in 2019), the 1,771st most popular biography from France (down from 1,429th in 2019) and the 21st most popular French Inventor.

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Among inventors, Jean-Pierre Blanchard ranks 140 out of 426Before him are Robert Moog, Zénobe Gramme, Paul Baran, Paul Otlet, Robert Cailliau, and John Ericsson. After him are Georg Luger, John Kay, Sequoyah, Charles Algernon Parsons, Robert Stirling, and Elias Howe.

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Among people born in 1753, Jean-Pierre Blanchard ranks 16Before him are Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, Jean Jacques Régis de Cambacérès, Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon, Duchess of Orléans, Franz Karl Achard, Louis I, Grand Duke of Hesse, and Samuel Crompton. After him are Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud, Josef Dobrovský, Countess Palatine Maria Anna of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld, Shaykh Ahmad, François-Paul Brueys d'Aigalliers, and Charlotte Buff. Among people deceased in 1809, Jean-Pierre Blanchard ranks 8Before him are Jean Lannes, Thomas Paine, Rama I, Nicolai Abildgaard, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, and Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle. After him are August Ludwig von Schlözer, Joseph-Marie Vien, Matthew Boulton, François Laurent d'Arlandes, Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, and Leopold Auenbrugger.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean-Pierre Blanchard ranks 1,771 out of 6,770Before him are Gersonides (1288), Madame d'Aulnoy (1651), La Goulue (1866), Jean François Paul de Gondi (1613), Nicolas de Largillière (1656), and Henri d'Orléans, Duke of Aumale (1822). After him are Anne Desclos (1907), René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (1643), Lambert Wilson (1958), Pierre Belon (1517), Joseph Fesch (1763), and Joseph Bertrand (1822).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Jean-Pierre Blanchard ranks 21Before him are Alphonse Bertillon (1853), Louis Le Prince (1841), Clément Ader (1841), Charles-Émile Reynaud (1844), André Michelin (1853), and Henri Giffard (1825). After him are Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817), Édouard Branly (1844), Guillaume Amontons (1663), Charles Cros (1842), Joseph Monier (1823), and Georges Claude (1870).