Johannes Gutenberg

1394 - 1468

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Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (c. 1393–1406 – 3 February 1468) was a German inventor and craftsman who invented the movable-type printing press. Though movable type was already in use in East Asia, Gutenberg's invention of the printing press enabled a much faster rate of printing. The printing press later spread across the world, and led to an information revolution and the unprecedented mass-spread of literature throughout Europe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johannes Gutenberg has received more than 5,485,646 page views. His biography is available in 157 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 150 in 2019). Johannes Gutenberg is the 4th most popular inventor, the 9th most popular biography from Germany (down from 7th in 2019) and the most popular German Inventor.

Johannes Gutenberg is most famous for inventing the printing press in the 1400s.

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Among inventors, Johannes Gutenberg ranks 4 out of 426Before him are Leonardo da Vinci, Nikola Tesla, and Thomas Edison. After him are James Watt, Elon Musk, Alexander Graham Bell, Karl Benz, Henry Ford, Guglielmo Marconi, Charles Babbage, and Louis Braille.

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Among people born in 1394, Johannes Gutenberg ranks 1After him are Prince Henry the Navigator, Ulugh Beg, Charles, Duke of Orléans, James I of Scotland, Philippa of England, Cymburgis of Masovia, Ikkyū, Basil Valentine, Sidi Boushaki, Ashikaga Yoshinori, and Antonio Beccadelli. Among people deceased in 1468, Johannes Gutenberg ranks 1After him are Skanderbeg, Sejo of Joseon, Abu'l-Khayr Khan, Jean de Dunois, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Juana Enríquez, Bianca Maria Visconti, Alfonso, Prince of Asturias, Zara Yaqob, and Francesco Squarcione.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Johannes Gutenberg ranks 9 out of 7,253Before him are Albert Einstein (1879), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685), Martin Luther (1483), Karl Marx (1818), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), and Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777). After him are Henry Kissinger (1923), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Otto von Bismarck (1815), Johannes Kepler (1571), Albrecht Dürer (1471), and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770).

Among INVENTORS In Germany

Among inventors born in Germany, Johannes Gutenberg ranks 1After him are Karl Benz (1844), Nikolaus Otto (1832), Werner von Siemens (1816), Karl Ferdinand Braun (1850), Konrad Zuse (1910), Wilhelm Maybach (1846), Hans Lippershey (1570), Karl Drais (1785), Emile Berliner (1851), Adam Opel (1837), and Joseph Pilates (1883).