Les Paul

1915 - 2009

Les Paul

Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, and his prototype, called the Log, served as inspiration for the Gibson Les Paul. Paul taught himself how to play guitar, and while he is mainly known for jazz and popular music, he had an early career in country music. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Les Paul has received more than 1,891,432 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 58th most popular inventor.

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  • 56

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  • 5.93

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.39

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among inventors, Les Paul ranks 58 out of 323Before him are Isaac Singer, Étienne Lenoir, Charles Goodyear, James Naismith, Elon Musk, and Josephine Cochrane. After him are George Eastman, Henry Fox Talbot, Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Louis Renault, John Browning, and Henry Bessemer.

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Among people born in 1915, Les Paul ranks 24Before him are Joachim Peiper, Fred Hoyle, Saul Bellow, Sviatoslav Richter, Paul Tibbets, and Stanley Matthews. After him are Aziz Nesin, Charles H. Townes, Robert Hofstadter, Brother Roger, Robert A. Dahl, and Clifford Shull. Among people deceased in 2009, Les Paul ranks 13Before him are Paul Samuelson, David Carradine, Roh Moo-hyun, Corazon Aquino, Ted Kennedy, and Maurice Jarre. After him are Velupillai Prabhakaran, Maurice Druon, Millvina Dean, Mercedes Sosa, Omar Bongo, and Vitaly Ginzburg.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Les Paul ranks 532 out of 12,171Before him are Bryan Cranston (1956), Reese Witherspoon (1976), Buckminster Fuller (1895), Frances Farmer (1913), Josephine Cochrane (1839), and Donald Rumsfeld (1932). After him are Jack Kilby (1923), George Eastman (1854), Goldie Hawn (1945), Ellen G. White (1827), Willis Lamb (1913), and Richard Kiel (1939).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Les Paul ranks 15Before him are William G. Morgan (1870), George Westinghouse (1846), Willis Carrier (1876), Isaac Singer (1811), Charles Goodyear (1800), and Josephine Cochrane (1839). After him are George Eastman (1854), John Browning (1855), Jimmy Wales (1966), John Deere (1804), Percy Spencer (1894), and Ray Tomlinson (1941).