John Kay

1704 - 1779

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John Kay (17 June 1704 – c. 1779) was an English inventor whose most important creation was the flying shuttle, which was a key contribution to the Industrial Revolution. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Kay has received more than 48,027 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). John Kay is the 142nd most popular inventor (down from 120th in 2019), the 1,192nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 988th in 2019) and the 21st most popular British Inventor.

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Among inventors, John Kay ranks 142 out of 426Before him are Paul Baran, Paul Otlet, Robert Cailliau, John Ericsson, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, and Georg Luger. After him are Sequoyah, Charles Algernon Parsons, Robert Stirling, Elias Howe, Uziel Gal, and Edwin Howard Armstrong.

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Among people born in 1704, John Kay ranks 7Before him are Gabriel Cramer, Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Tahmasp II, Anne Christine of Sulzbach, Princess of Piedmont, Carl Heinrich Graun, and Hans Hermann von Katte. After him are Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, Countess Caroline of Nassau-Saarbrücken, Margravine Johanna of Baden-Baden, Johann Andreas Segner, Louis de Jaucourt, and Carlos Seixas. Among people deceased in 1779, John Kay ranks 8Before him are Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Anton Raphael Mengs, Emperor Go-Momozono, Karim Khan Zand, Thomas Chippendale, and Casimir Pulaski. After him are David Garrick, Tommaso Traetta, Heinrich XXIV, Count Reuss of Ebersdorf, William Boyce, Louis de Jaucourt, and Kosmas the Aetolian.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Kay ranks 1,192 out of 8,785Before him are Max Mosley (1940), Thomas Browne (1605), Michael Moorcock (1939), Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York (1341), Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623), and Edith Cavell (1865). After him are Rob Roy MacGregor (1671), James Lind (1716), George Young (1946), George Fox (1624), Annie Chapman (1841), and Dave Murray (1956).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, John Kay ranks 21Before him are Richard Arkwright (1732), William Webb Ellis (1806), John Harrison (1693), Edmund Cartwright (1743), Samuel Crompton (1753), and W. O. Bentley (1888). After him are Charles Algernon Parsons (1854), Robert Stirling (1790), William Murdoch (1754), Elihu Thomson (1853), Matthew Boulton (1728), and James Dyson (1947).