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 in 28 December 1886, she founded Garis-Cochrane Manufacturing Company to manufacture her machines. Cochrane showed her new machine at the World's Colombian 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 305,713 page views. Her biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Josephine Cochrane is the 60th most popular inventor (down from 57th in 2019), the 567th most popular biography from United States (down from 530th in 2019) and the 15th most popular American 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 60 out of 355Before her are Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Henry Fox Talbot, Adam Opel, Louis Blériot, Hans Lippershey, and Frank Whittle. After her are Les Paul, Étienne Lenoir, Oleg Antonov, John Deere, George Eastman, and Louis Renault.

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Among people born in 1839, Josephine Cochrane ranks 10Before her are Sully Prudhomme, Alfred Sisley, Charles Sanders Peirce, George Armstrong Custer, Carol I of Romania, and Josiah Willard Gibbs. After her are Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria, Machado de Assis, Nikolay Przhevalsky, Emil Škoda, Princess Cecilie of Baden, and Théodule-Armand Ribot. Among people deceased in 1913, Josephine Cochrane ranks 8Before her are Rudolf Diesel, George I of Greece, Alfred Russel Wallace, J. P. Morgan, Alfred von Schlieffen, and Menelik II. After her are Harriet Tubman, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Sophia of Nassau, August Bebel, Tobias Asser, and Lesya Ukrainka.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Josephine Cochrane ranks 567 out of 15,968Before her are Glenn Close (1947), John Wayne Gacy (1942), Martin Landau (1928), Michael Keaton (1951), Benny Goodman (1909), and Gertrude B. Elion (1918). After her are Steven Tyler (1948), Ted Kennedy (1932), Alan Shepard (1923), Willem Dafoe (1955), Nancy Reagan (1921), and Harriet Tubman (1820).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Josephine Cochrane ranks 15Before her are Herman Hollerith (1860), Isaac Singer (1811), Charles Goodyear (1800), Willis Carrier (1876), Douglas Engelbart (1925), and Steve Wozniak (1950). After her are Les Paul (1915), John Deere (1804), George Eastman (1854), John Browning (1855), Ray Tomlinson (1941), and Percy Spencer (1894).