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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 introduced letterpress printing to Europe with his movable-type printing press. Though not the first of its kind, earlier designs were restricted to East Asia, and Gutenberg's version was the first to spread across the world. His work 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 4,656,997 page views. His biography is available in 150 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 145 in 2019). Johannes Gutenberg is the 4th most popular inventor (down from 3rd in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Germany (down from 6th 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 354Before him are Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, and Nikola Tesla. After him are James Watt, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Elon Musk, Karl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, Louis Braille, and Charles Babbage.

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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, Ashikaga Yoshinori, and Antonio Beccadelli. Among people deceased in 1468, Johannes Gutenberg ranks 1After him are Skanderbeg, Sejo of Joseon, Jean de Dunois, Abu'l-Khayr Khan, Juana Enríquez, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Bianca Maria Visconti, Alfonso, Prince of Asturias, Francesco Squarcione, and Zara Yaqob.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Johannes Gutenberg ranks 7 out of 6,142Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven (1770), Albert Einstein (1879), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685), Martin Luther (1483), Karl Marx (1818), and Charlemagne (748). After him are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Johannes Kepler (1571), Otto von Bismarck (1815), and Max Weber (1864).

Among INVENTORS In Germany

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