Josephine Cochrane

1839 - 1913

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Josephine Garis Cochran (later Cochrane; March 8, 1839 – August 3, 1913) was an American inventor 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. She is claimed to have said "If nobody else is going to invent a dish washing machine, I'll do it myself!" Once her patent issued on 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 346,033 page views. Her biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Josephine Cochrane is the 66th most popular inventor (down from 60th in 2019), the 671st most popular biography from United States (down from 567th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Inventor.

Josephine Cochrane is most famous for inventing the dishwasher. She invented the dishwasher because she was tired of washing dishes by hand.

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Among inventors, Josephine Cochrane ranks 66 out of 354Before her are Henry Fox Talbot, Louis Renault, John Browning, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, Jimmy Wales, and Alberto Santos-Dumont. After her are Étienne Lenoir, Les Paul, George Eastman, Jacques de Vaucanson, Oleg Antonov, and Jacques Piccard.

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Among people born in 1839, Josephine Cochrane ranks 11Before her are Alfred Sisley, Charles Sanders Peirce, Carol I of Romania, George Armstrong Custer, Josiah Willard Gibbs, and Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria. After her are Nikolay Przhevalsky, Machado de Assis, Emil Škoda, Princess Cecilie of Baden, Nikolay Bobrikov, and Yoshitoshi. Among people deceased in 1913, Josephine Cochrane ranks 13Before her are Menelik II, Harriet Tubman, Sophia of Nassau, Lesya Ukrainka, Tobias Asser, and Tokugawa Yoshinobu. After her are August Bebel, Francisco I. Madero, Ármin Vámbéry, Philip Sclater, Katsura Tarō, and Lewis A. Swift.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Josephine Cochrane ranks 671 out of 18,182Before her are Jim Jarmusch (1953), Nancy Reagan (1921), Frances McDormand (1957), Stanley Milgram (1933), Michio Kaku (1947), and Bob Beamon (1946). After her are Murray Gell-Mann (1929), Steven Weinberg (1933), Sidney Lumet (1924), Brandon Lee (1965), Tim Robbins (1958), and Nancy Sinatra (1940).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Josephine Cochrane ranks 17Before her are Willis Carrier (1876), Isaac Singer (1811), John Deere (1804), Douglas Engelbart (1925), John Browning (1855), and Jimmy Wales (1966). After her are Les Paul (1915), George Eastman (1854), Ray Tomlinson (1941), Elisha Otis (1811), Leo Fender (1909), and Bob Kahn (1938).