Jiro Horikoshi

1903 - 1982

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Jiro Horikoshi (堀越 二郎, Horikoshi Jirō, 22 June 1903 – 11 January 1982) was the chief engineer of many Japanese fighter designs of World War II, including the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jiro Horikoshi has received more than 1,834,769 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Jiro Horikoshi is the 22nd most popular engineer (up from 30th in 2019), the 81st most popular biography from Japan (up from 125th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Japanese Engineer.

Jiro Horikoshi is most famous for designing the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane.

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Among engineers, Jiro Horikoshi ranks 22 out of 389Before him are Anatoly Dyatlov, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Fritz Todt, José Echegaray, Hans Albert Einstein, and Jack Kilby. After him are Andrei Tupolev, Artem Mikoyan, August Horch, Willy Messerschmitt, Abram Petrovich Gannibal, and Philo of Byzantium.

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Among people born in 1903, Jiro Horikoshi ranks 28Before him are Galeazzo Ciano, José Antonio Primo de Rivera, Hugo Theorell, Hans Jonas, Nikolai Podgorny, and Igor Kurchatov. After him are Fahri Korutürk, Karl Hanke, Raymond Queneau, George Beadle, John Dillinger, and Irène Némirovsky. Among people deceased in 1982, Jiro Horikoshi ranks 30Before him are Glenn Gould, Georges Perec, Hugh Everett III, John Belushi, Hugo Theorell, and Gilles Villeneuve. After him are William Giauque, Mikhail Suslov, Stanford Moore, Curd Jürgens, Ivan Bagramyan, and Hans Selye.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Jiro Horikoshi ranks 81 out of 6,245Before him are Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), Utamaro (1753), Dōgen (1200), Tomoe Gozen (1157), Nichiren (1222), and Emperor Annei (-577). After him are Tōgō Heihachirō (1848), Yoshihide Suga (1948), Kiichiro Toyoda (1894), Himiko (175), Shin'ichirō Tomonaga (1906), and Sakamoto Ryōma (1836).

Among ENGINEERS In Japan

Among engineers born in Japan, Jiro Horikoshi ranks 2Before him are Tsutomu Yamaguchi (1916). After him are Masaru Ibuka (1908), Hidesaburō Ueno (1872), Genichi Taguchi (1924), Hidetsugu Yagi (1886), and Naoki Hattori (1966).