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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. He was born and died in Karlsruhe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Drais has received more than 298,614 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Karl Drais is the 46th most popular inventor (up from 50th in 2019), the 348th most popular biography from Germany (up from 391st in 2019) and the 7th most popular German Inventor.

Karl Drais is most famous for inventing the first bicycle.

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Among inventors, Karl Drais ranks 46 out of 354Before him are Herman Hollerith, Nicolas Appert, Igor Sikorsky, Adolphe Sax, Richard Trevithick, and Charles Goodyear. After him are John Herschel, William G. Morgan, Willis Carrier, Hans Lippershey, John Boyd Dunlop, and Emile Berliner.

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

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Karl Drais ranks 348 out of 6,142Before him are Fritz Sauckel (1894), Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486), Katharina von Bora (1498), Theodor Schwann (1810), Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1776), and Isabeau of Bavaria (1370). After him are Ludwig III of Bavaria (1845), Robert Bosch (1861), Sepp Maier (1944), Henry the Lion (1129), Georgy Lvov (1861), and Martin Waldseemüller (1470).

Among INVENTORS In Germany

Among inventors born in Germany, Karl Drais ranks 7Before him are Johannes Gutenberg (1394), Karl Benz (1844), Nikolaus Otto (1832), Karl Ferdinand Braun (1850), Werner von Siemens (1816), and Konrad Zuse (1910). After him are Hans Lippershey (1570), Emile Berliner (1851), Wilhelm Maybach (1846), Adam Opel (1837), Joseph Pilates (1883), and Johann Philipp Reis (1834).