John Browning

1855 - 1926

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John Moses Browning (January 23, 1855 – November 26, 1926) was an American firearm designer who developed many varieties of military and civilian firearms, cartridges, and gun mechanisms, many of which are still in use around the world. He made his first firearm at age 13 in his father's gun shop and was awarded the first of his 128 firearm patents on October 7, 1879, at the age of 24. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Browning has received more than 2,601,228 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). John Browning is the 65th most popular inventor (down from 62nd in 2019), the 680th most popular biography from United States (down from 633rd in 2019) and the 17th most popular American Inventor.

John Browning is most famous for being the inventor of the M1911 pistol, which was the US military's standard sidearm for over 50 years. He also invented the first semi-automatic rifle, the Winchester rifle, and the Browning machine gun.

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Among inventors, John Browning ranks 65 out of 426Before him are Henry Fox Talbot, Louis Blériot, Adam Opel, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Isaac Singer, and Cornelis Drebbel. After him are Étienne Lenoir, John Deere, Jacques Piccard, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, Oleg Antonov, and Josephine Cochrane.

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Among people born in 1855, John Browning ranks 5Before him are Ferdinand Tönnies, Archduchess Sophie of Austria, Émile Verhaeren, and Otto Liman von Sanders. After him are Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Eleanor Marx, Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, Ernest Chausson, Percival Lowell, Paul Deschanel, and Infanta Maria Theresa of Portugal. Among people deceased in 1926, John Browning ranks 22Before him are Rudolph Valentino, Aleksei Brusilov, Gertrude Bell, Nikola Pašić, Margherita of Savoy, and Olga Constantinovna of Russia. After him are Kim Hyong-jik, Karl Harrer, Constantin Fehrenbach, Viktor Vasnetsov, Victor, Prince Napoléon, and Mikao Usui.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Browning ranks 680 out of 20,380Before him are Charles H. Townes (1915), Ursula K. Le Guin (1929), Frances Farmer (1913), Washington Irving (1783), Linda B. Buck (1947), and Nancy Pelosi (1940). After him are F. Murray Abraham (1939), Chris Isaak (1956), Jane Russell (1921), Bill Cosby (1937), Lana Turner (1921), and Omar Bradley (1893).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, John Browning ranks 17Before him are Willis Carrier (1876), Herman Hollerith (1860), William G. Morgan (1870), Douglas Engelbart (1925), Charles Goodyear (1800), and Isaac Singer (1811). After him are John Deere (1804), Josephine Cochrane (1839), Les Paul (1915), George Eastman (1854), Ray Tomlinson (1941), and Elisha Otis (1811).