Karl Ferdinand Braun

1850 - 1918

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Karl Ferdinand Braun (German pronunciation: [ˈfɛʁdinant ˈbʁaʊn] ; 6 June 1850 – 20 April 1918) was a German electrical engineer, inventor, physicist and Nobel laureate in physics. Braun contributed significantly to the development of radio and television technology and built the first semiconductor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Ferdinand Braun has received more than 359,477 page views. His biography is available in 92 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 85 in 2019). Karl Ferdinand Braun is the 26th most popular inventor (down from 21st in 2019), the 261st most popular biography from Germany (down from 167th in 2019) and the 5th most popular German Inventor.

Karl Ferdinand Braun was a German physicist and inventor who is most famous for being the first person to invent the cathode-ray tube.

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Over the past year Karl Ferdinand Braun has had the most page views in the with 56,040 views, followed by German (22,978), and Russian (8,529). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Hakka (195.88%), Cantonese (120.08%), and Haitian (96.36%)


Among inventors, Karl Ferdinand Braun ranks 26 out of 426Before him are Abbas ibn Firnas, Werner von Siemens, Bartolomeo Cristofori, Samuel Colt, Ernő Rubik, and Ismail al-Jazari. After him are Antonio Meucci, Denis Papin, Steve Wozniak, Joseph Marie Jacquard, Thomas Newcomen, and Nicolas Appert.

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Among people born in 1850, Karl Ferdinand Braun ranks 8Before him are Guy de Maupassant, Robert Louis Stevenson, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Edward Smith, Eduard Bernstein, and Sofia Kovalevskaya. After him are Hermann Ebbinghaus, Charles Richet, Pierre Loti, Mihai Eminescu, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, and Oliver Heaviside. Among people deceased in 1918, Karl Ferdinand Braun ranks 16Before him are Egon Schiele, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Georg Cantor, Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, Georg Simmel, and Alexandra Feodorovna. After him are Louis Renault, Otto Wagner, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, and Ernesto Teodoro Moneta.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Karl Ferdinand Braun ranks 261 out of 7,253Before him are Wilhelm Canaris (1887), Isabeau of Bavaria (1370), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886), Karl Weierstrass (1815), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880), and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria (1808). After him are Klaus Schwab (1938), Arnulf of Carinthia (850), Konstantin von Neurath (1873), Ernst Jünger (1895), Wilm Hosenfeld (1895), and John of Austria (1547).

Among INVENTORS In Germany

Among inventors born in Germany, Karl Ferdinand Braun ranks 5Before him are Johannes Gutenberg (1394), Karl Benz (1844), Nikolaus Otto (1832), and Werner von Siemens (1816). After him are Konrad Zuse (1910), Wilhelm Maybach (1846), Hans Lippershey (1570), Karl Drais (1785), Emile Berliner (1851), Adam Opel (1837), and Joseph Pilates (1883).