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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. He is regarded as one of the most successful firearms designers of the 19th and 20th centuries and pioneered the development of modern repeating, semi-automatic, and automatic firearms.Browning influenced nearly all categories of firearms design, especially the autoloading of ammunition. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Browning has received more than 2,132,738 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia. John Browning is the 62nd most popular inventor (up from 67th in 2019), the 633rd most popular biography from United States (down from 620th in 2019) and the 15th 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 62 out of 354Before him are Adam Opel, John Deere, Louis Blériot, Douglas Engelbart, Henry Fox Talbot, and Louis Renault. After him are Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, Jimmy Wales, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Josephine Cochrane, Étienne Lenoir, and Les Paul.

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Among people born in 1855, John Browning ranks 3Before him are Ferdinand Tönnies and Archduchess Sophie of Austria. After him are Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Otto Liman von Sanders, Émile Verhaeren, Ernest Chausson, Eleanor Marx, Percival Lowell, Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, Paul Deschanel, and Ned Kelly. Among people deceased in 1926, John Browning ranks 20Before him are Gertrude Bell, Rudolph Valentino, Symon Petliura, Aleksei Brusilov, Louise of Sweden, and Margherita of Savoy. After him are Olga Constantinovna of Russia, Nikola Pašić, Karl Harrer, Viktor Vasnetsov, Kim Hyong-jik, and Mikao Usui.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Browning ranks 633 out of 18,182Before him are Jonas Salk (1914), Robert Wagner (1930), Thomas Wolfe (1900), Raquel Welch (1940), Talia Shire (1946), and Jimmy Hoffa (1913). After him are Michael Crichton (1942), Martha Graham (1894), Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), Edgar Cayce (1877), Jimmy Wales (1966), and Martin Lewis Perl (1927).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, John Browning ranks 15Before him are Charles Goodyear (1800), William G. Morgan (1870), Willis Carrier (1876), Isaac Singer (1811), John Deere (1804), and Douglas Engelbart (1925). After him are Jimmy Wales (1966), Josephine Cochrane (1839), Les Paul (1915), George Eastman (1854), Ray Tomlinson (1941), and Elisha Otis (1811).