Johann Nepomuk Maelzel

1772 - 1838

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Johann Nepomuk Maelzel (or Mälzel; August 15, 1772 – July 21, 1838) was a German inventor, engineer, and showman, best known for manufacturing a metronome and several music-playing automatons, and displaying a fraudulent chess machine. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johann Nepomuk Maelzel has received more than 95,016 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Johann Nepomuk Maelzel is the 171st most popular inventor (down from 154th in 2019), the 2,066th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,718th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular German Inventor.

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Over the past year Johann Nepomuk Maelzel has had the most page views in the with 13,894 views, followed by German (6,490), and Russian (2,735). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Indonesian (153.77%), Chinese (104.47%), and English (30.85%)


Among inventors, Johann Nepomuk Maelzel ranks 171 out of 426Before him are Lucien Olivier, Siegfried Marcus, Édouard Branly, Elihu Thomson, Lagâri Hasan Çelebi, and Guillaume Amontons. After him are Reginald Fessenden, Charles Cros, Matthew Boulton, Friedrich Zander, Joseph Monier, and Philo Farnsworth.

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Among people born in 1772, Johann Nepomuk Maelzel ranks 19Before him are Henri de la Rochejaquelein, Marie Anne Lenormand, Tarrare, Jean-Étienne Dominique Esquirol, Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, and Archduke Alexander Leopold of Austria. After him are Géraud Duroc, Mikhail Speransky, Anton Friedrich Justus Thibaut, Horace François Bastien Sébastiani de La Porta, Solomon II of Imereti, and Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus. Among people deceased in 1838, Johann Nepomuk Maelzel ranks 14Before him are Maximilian, Hereditary Prince of Saxony, Pierre Louis Dulong, Antoine Isaac Silvestre de Sacy, Ferdinand Ries, Bernhard Crusell, and Hussein Dey. After him are René Caillié, Anselme Gaëtan Desmarest, Heinrich Marx, José Bonifácio de Andrada, Black Hawk, and Joseph Lancaster.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Johann Nepomuk Maelzel ranks 2,066 out of 7,253Before him are Friedrich Kellner (1885), Johannes Sturm (1507), Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (1691), Hans Globke (1898), Rudolf II, Duke of Saxe-Wittenberg (1307), and Jordan of Saxony (1190). After him are Wilhelm Adam (1877), Otto Dietrich (1897), Peter Lely (1618), Loriot (1923), Johann Homann (1664), and Lotte Reiniger (1899).

Among INVENTORS In Germany

Among inventors born in Germany, Johann Nepomuk Maelzel ranks 23Before him are Hugo Schmeisser (1884), Uziel Gal (1923), Peter Henlein (1479), Heinrich Göbel (1818), Johann Nicolaus von Dreyse (1787), and Siegfried Marcus (1831). After him are Henrich Focke (1890), Heinrich Daniel Ruhmkorff (1803), Johann Christoph Denner (1655), Oskar Barnack (1879), Carl Wilhelm Siemens (1823), and Helmut Gröttrup (1916).