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 1,863,349 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). John Browning is the 67th most popular inventor (down from 63rd in 2019), the 620th most popular biography from United States (down from 596th in 2019) and the 19th 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 67 out of 355Before him are Les Paul, Étienne Lenoir, Oleg Antonov, John Deere, George Eastman, and Louis Renault. After him are Richard Arkwright, Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Thomas Savery, Jacques de Vaucanson, Alberto Santos-Dumont, and Wolfgang von Kempelen.

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Among people born in 1855, John Browning ranks 4Before him are Ferdinand Tönnies, Archduchess Sophie of Austria, and Otto Liman von Sanders. After him are Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, Émile Verhaeren, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Percival Lowell, Ned Kelly, Eleanor Marx, Ernest Chausson, and Paul Deschanel. Among people deceased in 1926, John Browning ranks 20Before him are Emil Kraepelin, Aleksei Brusilov, Sunjong of Korea, Louise of Sweden, Symon Petliura, and Olga Constantinovna of Russia. After him are Margherita of Savoy, Viktor Vasnetsov, Nikola Pašić, Karl Harrer, Mikao Usui, and Victor, Prince Napoléon.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Browning ranks 620 out of 15,968Before him are Eugene O'Neill (1888), John Huston (1906), Kenny Rogers (1938), Harold Lasswell (1902), Robert McNamara (1916), and Kary Mullis (1944). After him are Robert Ludlum (1927), Victor Fleming (1889), Joe Louis (1914), Philip Johnson (1906), Bill Cosby (1937), and Diana Ross (1944).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, John Browning ranks 19Before him are Douglas Engelbart (1925), Steve Wozniak (1950), Josephine Cochrane (1839), Les Paul (1915), John Deere (1804), and George Eastman (1854). After him are Ray Tomlinson (1941), Percy Spencer (1894), Leo Fender (1909), Jacque Fresco (1916), Robert Noyce (1927), and Hiram Maxim (1840).