Margaret E. Knight

1838 - 1914

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Margaret Eloise Knight (February 14, 1838 – October 12, 1914) was an American inventor, notably of a machine to produce flat-bottomed paper bags. She has been called "the most famous 19th-century woman inventor". She founded the Eastern Paper Bag Company in 1870, creating paper bags for groceries similar in form to the ones that would be used in later generations. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Margaret E. Knight has received more than 266,956 page views. Her biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Margaret E. Knight is the 319th most popular inventor, the 7,309th most popular biography from United States and the 84th most popular American Inventor.

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Among inventors, Margaret E. Knight ranks 319 out of 355Before her are Frank J. Sprague, Amar Bose, Alfred Carlton Gilbert, Dean Kamen, Georges Beuchat, and Karl Jatho. After her are Henry J. Kaiser, John Whitehurst, Barnes Wallis, Robin Li, William Friese-Greene, and Lewis Howard Latimer.

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Among people born in 1838, Margaret E. Knight ranks 87Before her are Henry Hobson Richardson, Alexander Veselovsky, Marc Delafontaine, Duleep Singh, Marin Drinov, and Cleveland Abbe. After her are Joseph F. Smith and Walter Buller. Among people deceased in 1914, Margaret E. Knight ranks 101Before her are Jean Bouin, Eugenio Montero Ríos, Joshua Chamberlain, Jakub Arbes, John Philip Holland, and Daniel De Leon. After her are Ayub Khan, Edward S. Holden, Ida Freund, Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto, and Mariano Trías.

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Among people born in United States, Margaret E. Knight ranks 7,309 out of 15,968Before her are Jeffrey Donovan (1968), K. Eric Drexler (1955), John Varley (1947), Charles Stark Draper (1901), Alexis Arquette (1969), and Albina Osipowich (1911). After her are Jamie Kennedy (1970), Scott Fahlman (1948), Alan Jackson (1958), Robert Morse (1931), Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (1902), and William H. Crawford (1772).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Margaret E. Knight ranks 84Before her are Norman Joseph Woodland (1921), Ken Olsen (1926), Frank J. Sprague (1857), Amar Bose (1929), Alfred Carlton Gilbert (1884), and Dean Kamen (1951). After her are Henry J. Kaiser (1882), Lewis Howard Latimer (1848), Walter Frederick Morrison (1920), John F. Seitz (1892), Peter Cooper (1791), and Christopher C. Kraft Jr. (1924).