Karl Drais

1785 - 1851

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Karl Freiherr von Drais (full name: Karl Friedrich Christian Ludwig Freiherr Drais von Sauerbronn) (29 April 1785 – 10 December 1851) was a noble German forest official and significant inventor in the Biedermeier period. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Drais has received more than 237,464 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Karl Drais is the 50th most popular inventor (down from 48th in 2019), the 391st most popular biography from Germany (down from 387th in 2019) and the 8th most popular German Inventor.

Karl Drais is most famous for inventing the first bicycle.

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Among inventors, Karl Drais ranks 50 out of 355Before him are Elon Musk, Richard Trevithick, Charles Goodyear, Willis Carrier, Wilhelm Maybach, and Douglas Engelbart. After him are John Boyd Dunlop, Steve Wozniak, Emile Berliner, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Henry Fox Talbot, and Adam Opel.

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Among people born in 1785, Karl Drais ranks 4Before him are Mahmud II, Louis XVII of France, and Jacob Grimm. After him are Alessandro Manzoni, Lin Zexu, Claude-Louis Navier, Bettina von Arnim, Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Thomas De Quincey, Pierre Louis Dulong, and Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Among people deceased in 1851, Karl Drais ranks 7Before him are Hans Christian Ørsted, Mary Shelley, Louis Daguerre, J. M. W. Turner, Marie Thérèse of France, and James Fenimore Cooper. After him are Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, Manuel Godoy, Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, and Petar II Petrović-Njegoš.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Karl Drais ranks 391 out of 5,289Before him are Prince Claus of the Netherlands (1926), Hans Adolf Krebs (1900), Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France (1731), Ernst Thälmann (1886), Henri Nestlé (1814), and Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945). After him are Max Bruch (1838), Johann Georg Faust (1480), Christopher of Bavaria (1416), Wilhelm Schickard (1592), Robert Bunsen (1811), and Lothar Matthäus (1961).

Among INVENTORS In Germany

Among inventors born in Germany, Karl Drais ranks 8Before him are Karl Benz (1844), Nikolaus Otto (1832), Werner von Siemens (1816), Karl Ferdinand Braun (1850), Konrad Zuse (1910), and Wilhelm Maybach (1846). After him are Emile Berliner (1851), Adam Opel (1837), Hans Lippershey (1570), Joseph Pilates (1883), Theobald Boehm (1794), and Johann Philipp Reis (1834).