Johannes Gutenberg

1394 - 1468

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Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (; c. 1400 – 3 February 1468) was a German inventor, printer, publisher, and goldsmith who introduced printing to Europe with his mechanical movable-type printing press. His work started the Printing Revolution in Europe and is regarded as a milestone of the second millennium, ushering in the modern period of human history. It played a key role in the development of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Enlightenment, and Scientific Revolution, as well as laying the material basis for the modern knowledge-based economy and the spread of learning to the masses.While not the first to use movable type in the world, Gutenberg was the first European to do so. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johannes Gutenberg has received more than 4,332,573 page views. His biography is available in 145 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 141 in 2019). Johannes Gutenberg is the 3rd most popular inventor, the 6th most popular biography from Germany (up 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 3 out of 355Before him are Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison. After him are Nikola Tesla, James Watt, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Karl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, Rudolf Diesel, 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, Cymburgis of Masovia, Philippa of England, Ikkyū, Ashikaga Yoshinori, and Antonio Beccadelli. Among people deceased in 1468, Johannes Gutenberg ranks 1After him are Skanderbeg, Sejo of Joseon, Jean de Dunois, Juana Enríquez, Abu'l-Khayr Khan, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Bianca Maria Visconti, Alfonso, Prince of Asturias, Francesco Squarcione, and Zara Yaqob.

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Among people born in Germany, Johannes Gutenberg ranks 6 out of 5,289Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven (1770), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685), Albert Einstein (1879), Martin Luther (1483), and Karl Marx (1818). After him are Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Albrecht Dürer (1471), Otto von Bismarck (1815), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), and Richard Wagner (1813).

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), Karl Drais (1785), Emile Berliner (1851), Adam Opel (1837), Hans Lippershey (1570), and Joseph Pilates (1883).