Josephine Cochrane

1839 - 1913

Josephine Cochrane

Josephine Garis Cochran (later Cochrane) (March 8, 1839 – August 3, 1913) was an American housewife who was the inventor of the first commercially successful automatic dishwasher, which she designed in the shed behind her home, she then constructed it engaging the assistance of mechanic George Butters, who became one of her first employees. Once her patent issued in 28 December 1886, she founded Garis-Cochrane Manufacturing Company to manufacture her machines. Cochrane showed her new machine at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 where nine Garis-Cochran washers were installed in the restaurants and pavilions of the fair and was met with interest from restaurants and hotels, where hot water access was not an issue. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josephine Cochrane has received more than 241,379 page views. Her biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 57th most popular inventor.

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Among inventors, Josephine Cochrane ranks 57 out of 323Before her are Willis Carrier, Isaac Singer, Étienne Lenoir, Charles Goodyear, James Naismith, and Elon Musk. After her are Les Paul, George Eastman, Henry Fox Talbot, Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Louis Renault, and John Browning.

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Among people born in 1839, Josephine Cochrane ranks 9Before her are Modest Mussorgsky, Sully Prudhomme, Alfred Sisley, Charles Sanders Peirce, George Armstrong Custer, and Carol I of Romania. After her are Josiah Willard Gibbs, Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria, Nikolay Przhevalsky, Machado de Assis, Emil Škoda, and Théodule-Armand Ribot. Among people deceased in 1913, Josephine Cochrane ranks 9Before her are Alfred Russel Wallace, George I of Greece, J. P. Morgan, Alfred von Schlieffen, Menelik II, and Tokugawa Yoshinobu. After her are Sophia of Nassau, August Bebel, Lesya Ukrainka, Harriet Tubman, Tobias Asser, and Francisco I. Madero.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Josephine Cochrane ranks 530 out of 12,171Before her are Kamehameha I (1758), Donald Knuth (1938), Bryan Cranston (1956), Reese Witherspoon (1976), Buckminster Fuller (1895), and Frances Farmer (1913). After her are Donald Rumsfeld (1932), Les Paul (1915), Jack Kilby (1923), George Eastman (1854), Goldie Hawn (1945), and Ellen G. White (1827).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Josephine Cochrane ranks 14Before her are Douglas Engelbart (1925), William G. Morgan (1870), George Westinghouse (1846), Willis Carrier (1876), Isaac Singer (1811), and Charles Goodyear (1800). After her are Les Paul (1915), George Eastman (1854), John Browning (1855), Jimmy Wales (1966), John Deere (1804), and Percy Spencer (1894).