Louis Blériot

1872 - 1936

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Louis Charles Joseph Blériot ( BLERR-ee-oh, also US: BLAY-ree-oh, -⁠OH, blair-YOH, French: [lwi bleʁjo]; 1 July 1872 – 1 August 1936) was a French aviator, inventor, and engineer. He developed the first practical headlamp for cars and established a profitable business manufacturing them, using much of the money he made to finance his attempts to build a successful aircraft. Blériot was the first to use the combination of hand-operated joystick and foot-operated rudder control as used to the present day to operate the aircraft control surfaces. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Louis Blériot has received more than 320,063 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Louis Blériot is the 57th most popular inventor (down from 47th in 2019), the 595th most popular biography from France (down from 507th in 2019) and the 9th most popular French Inventor.

Louis Blériot was most famous for being the first person to fly across the English Channel in 1909.

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Among inventors, Louis Blériot ranks 57 out of 355. Before him are John Boyd Dunlop, Steve Wozniak, Emile Berliner, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Henry Fox Talbot, and Adam Opel. After him are Hans Lippershey, Frank Whittle, Josephine Cochrane, Les Paul, Étienne Lenoir, and Oleg Antonov.

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Among people born in 1872, Louis Blériot ranks 14Before him are Calvin Coolidge, Djemal Pasha, Sergei Diaghilev, Marcel Mauss, Anton Denikin, and Léon Blum. After him are Richard Willstätter, Emil Hácha, Paul Langevin, Charles Greeley Abbot, Sri Aurobindo, and Maurice Gamelin. Among people deceased in 1936, Louis Blériot ranks 17Before him are Grigory Zinoviev, Albert Fish, G. K. Chesterton, Miguel de Unamuno, Alexander Glazunov, and Eleftherios Venizelos. After him are Grazia Deledda, Fuad I of Egypt, Ottorino Respighi, Buenaventura Durruti, José Antonio Primo de Rivera, and Moritz Schlick.

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In France

Among people born in France, Louis Blériot ranks 595 out of 5,234. Before him are Pope Nicholas II (990), Albert Lebrun (1871), Guy Debord (1931), Charles, Duke of Orléans (1394), Élisabeth of France (1764), and Alfred Werner (1866). After him are René Guénon (1886), Mireille Darc (1938), Jean-de-Dieu Soult (1769), Louis de Montfort (1673), Peter IV of Aragon (1319), and René Lacoste (1904).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Louis Blériot ranks 9Before him are Louis Daguerre (1787), Nicéphore Niépce (1765), Denis Papin (1647), Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752), Nicolas Appert (1749), and Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725). After him are Louis Renault (1877), Jacques de Vaucanson (1709), Alphonse Bertillon (1853), Étienne-Jules Marey (1830), Charles-Émile Reynaud (1844), and Claude Chappe (1763).