Karl Benz

1844 - 1929

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Carl (or Karl) Friedrich Benz (German: [kaʁl ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈbɛnts] ; born Karl Friedrich Michael Vaillant; 25 November 1844 – 4 April 1929) was a German engine designer and automotive engineer. His Benz Patent Motorcar from 1885 is considered the first practical modern automobile and first car put into series production. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Benz has received more than 2,680,269 page views. His biography is available in 107 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 103 in 2019). Karl Benz is the 8th most popular inventor (up from 9th in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Germany (up from 51st in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Inventor.

Karl Benz is most famous for inventing the first car that was powered by an internal combustion engine.

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Among inventors, Karl Benz ranks 8 out of 426Before him are Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Johannes Gutenberg, James Watt, Elon Musk, and Alexander Graham Bell. After him are Henry Ford, Guglielmo Marconi, Charles Babbage, Louis Braille, Samuel Morse, and Cai Lun.

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Among people born in 1844, Karl Benz ranks 2Before him is Friedrich Nietzsche. After him are Sarah Bernhardt, Anatole France, Paul Verlaine, Mehmed V, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Bernadette Soubirous, Henri Rousseau, Ilya Repin, Umberto I of Italy, and Mary Cassatt. Among people deceased in 1929, Karl Benz ranks 1After him are Ferdinand Foch, Georges Clemenceau, Gustav Stresemann, Wilhelm Maybach, Herman Hollerith, Bernhard von Bülow, Prince Maximilian of Baden, Richard Adolf Zsigmondy, Emile Berliner, Sergei Diaghilev, and Aby Warburg.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Karl Benz ranks 46 out of 7,253Before him are Hermann Göring (1893), Bernhard Riemann (1826), Werner Heisenberg (1901), Alexander von Humboldt (1769), Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (912), and Pope Benedict XVI (1927). After him are Marlene Dietrich (1901), Adolf Eichmann (1906), Felix Mendelssohn (1809), Heinrich Heine (1797), Bertolt Brecht (1898), and Hannah Arendt (1906).

Among INVENTORS In Germany

Among inventors born in Germany, Karl Benz ranks 2Before him are Johannes Gutenberg (1394). After him are Nikolaus Otto (1832), Werner von Siemens (1816), Karl Ferdinand Braun (1850), Konrad Zuse (1910), Wilhelm Maybach (1846), Hans Lippershey (1570), Karl Drais (1785), Emile Berliner (1851), Adam Opel (1837), and Joseph Pilates (1883).