Jimmy Doolittle

1896 - 1993

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James Harold Doolittle (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American military general and aviation pioneer who received the Medal of Honor for his daring raid on Japan during World War II. He also made early coast-to-coast flights, record-breaking speed flights, won many flying races, and helped develop and flight-test instrument flying.Raised in Nome, Alaska, Doolittle studied as an undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1922. He also earned a doctorate in aeronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1925, the first issued in the United States. In 1929, he pioneered the use of "blind flying", where a pilot relies on flight instruments alone, which later won him the Harmon Trophy and made all-weather airline operations practical. He was a flying instructor during World War I and a reserve officer in the United States Army Air Corps, but he was recalled to active duty during World War II. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jimmy Doolittle has received more than 2,594,789 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Jimmy Doolittle is the 58th most popular engineer (up from 103rd in 2019), the 1,340th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,124th in 2019) and the 6th most popular American Engineer.

Jimmy Doolittle is most famous for leading the first bombing raid on Tokyo in World War II.

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Among engineers, Jimmy Doolittle ranks 58 out of 325Before him are Gustaf de Laval, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Ernst Heinkel, Henry Gantt, Bjarne Stroustrup, and Alexander Wienerberger. After him are Valdemar Poulsen, Edward A. Murphy Jr., Nikolay Zhukovsky, Loránd Eötvös, Masaru Ibuka, and Borys Paton.

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Among people born in 1896, Jimmy Doolittle ranks 51Before him are Rolf Maximilian Sievert, Robert S. Mulliken, Nobusuke Kishi, Nikolay Semyonov, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and Philipp, Landgrave of Hesse. After him are André Masson, Soghomon Tehlirian, Mamie Eisenhower, Kazimierz Kuratowski, Elsa Triolet, and Leslie Groves. Among people deceased in 1993, Jimmy Doolittle ranks 41Before him are Jean Negulesco, River Phoenix, Masahiko Kimura, Pat Nixon, Horia Sima, and Boris Christoff. After him are Hans Baur, Dražen Petrović, Robert W. Holley, Stewart Granger, Hervé Villechaize, and Severo Ochoa.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jimmy Doolittle ranks 1,340 out of 15,968Before him are Paul Stanley (1952), Debbie Harry (1945), John G. Avildsen (1935), Jeffrey DeMunn (1947), Edward T. Hall (1914), and Julius Axelrod (1912). After him are Gus Van Sant (1952), Marsha P. Johnson (1945), Rudy Giuliani (1944), Richard F. Heck (1931), James J. Braddock (1905), and Raymond Davis Jr. (1914).

Among ENGINEERS In United States

Among engineers born in United States, Jimmy Doolittle ranks 6Before him are Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856), Jack Kilby (1923), Howard H. Aiken (1900), Jack Swigert (1931), and Henry Gantt (1861). After him are Leslie Groves (1896), Vannevar Bush (1890), Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr. (1868), Preston Tucker (1903), J. Walter Christie (1865), and Eugene Stoner (1922).