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Léon Theremin

1896 - 1993

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Leon Theremin (born Lev Sergeyevich Termen Russian: Лев Сергеевич Термéн, IPA: [ˈlʲef sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvʲɪtɕ tɨrˈmʲen]; 28 August [O.S. 15 August] 1896 – 3 November 1993) was a Russian and Soviet inventor, most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments and the first to be mass-produced. He also worked on early television research. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Léon Theremin has received more than 509,883 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Léon Theremin is the 92nd most popular inventor (up from 113th in 2019), the 308th most popular biography from Russia (up from 364th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Russian Inventor.

Léon Theremin was a Russian scientist who invented the theremin, a musical instrument that is played without being touched. The theremin is played by moving one's hands near two metal antennas. The closer one's hand is to one antenna, the higher the pitch of the sound. The closer one's hand is to the other antenna, the lower the pitch of the sound.

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Among INVENTORS

Among inventors, Léon Theremin ranks 92 out of 355. Before him are Johann Maria Farina, Charles K. Kao, Mary the Jewess, William Webb Ellis, Leo Fender, and Jacque Fresco. After him are Robert Noyce, James Hargreaves, Abraham-Louis Breguet, Cornelis Drebbel, Sakichi Toyoda, and Vladimir K. Zworykin.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1896, Léon Theremin ranks 39Before him are John Dos Passos, Wallace Carothers, Sandro Pertini, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Anastasio Somoza García, and Herbert Backe. After him are Tina Modotti, Gottlob Berger, Eugenio Montale, Paulino Alcántara, David Wechsler, and Rolf Maximilian Sievert. Among people deceased in 1993, Léon Theremin ranks 29Before him are Polykarp Kusch, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Wolfgang Paul, Brandon Lee, and Cantinflas. After him are Bobby Moore, Yuri Lotman, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Alexandra of Yugoslavia, and Jean Negulesco.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Léon Theremin ranks 308 out of 2,688. Before him are Daniel of Moscow (1261), Boris Berezovsky (1946), Vasily Vereshchagin (1842), Karl Bryullov (1799), Fyodor Tyutchev (1803), and Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia (1860). After him are Alexander Litvinenko (1962), Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia (1860), Henri Troyat (1911), Yuri Lotman (1922), Alexandre Kojève (1902), and Michael Chekhov (1891).

Among INVENTORS In Russia

Among inventors born in Russia, Léon Theremin ranks 2Before him are Alexander Stepanovich Popov (1859). After him are Vladimir K. Zworykin (1888), Nikolai Kardashev (1932), Mikhail Dolivo-Dobrovolsky (1862), Pavel Yablochkov (1847), Rostislav Alexeyev (1916), Ivan Kulibin (1735), and Ivan Polzunov (1728).