Karl Benz

1844 - 1929

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Carl Friedrich Benz (German: [bɛnts] (listen); 25 November 1844 – 4 April 1929), sometimes also Karl Friedrich Benz, was a German engine designer and automotive engineer. His Benz Patent Motorcar from 1885 is considered the first practical automobile put into series production. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Benz has received more than 2,471,062 page views. His biography is available in 101 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). Karl Benz is the 8th most popular inventor (down from 7th in 2019), the 41st most popular biography from Germany (down from 31st 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 355Before him are Thomas Edison, Johannes Gutenberg, Nikola Tesla, James Watt, Alexander Graham Bell, and Henry Ford. After him are Guglielmo Marconi, Rudolf Diesel, Louis Braille, Charles Babbage, Louis Daguerre, and George Stephenson.

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Among people born in 1844, Karl Benz ranks 2Before him is Friedrich Nietzsche. After him are Sarah Bernhardt, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Paul Verlaine, Anatole France, Mehmed V, Bernadette Soubirous, Henri Rousseau, Ilya Repin, Ludwig Boltzmann, and Alexandra of Denmark. Among people deceased in 1929, Karl Benz ranks 1After him are Georges Clemenceau, Ferdinand Foch, Herman Hollerith, Gustav Stresemann, Wilhelm Maybach, Sergei Diaghilev, Emile Berliner, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Bernhard von Bülow, Otto Liman von Sanders, and Prince Maximilian of Baden.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Karl Benz ranks 41 out of 5,289Before him are Bertolt Brecht (1898), Karl Dönitz (1891), Felix Mendelssohn (1809), Adolf Eichmann (1906), Angela Merkel (1954), and Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (912). After him are Josef Mengele (1911), Hermann Göring (1893), Werner Heisenberg (1901), Robert Koch (1843), Hannah Arendt (1906), and Bernhard Riemann (1826).

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), Karl Drais (1785), Emile Berliner (1851), Adam Opel (1837), Hans Lippershey (1570), and Joseph Pilates (1883).