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Marion Donovan

1917 - 1998

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Marion O'Brien Donovan (October 15, 1917 – November 4, 1998) was an American inventor and entrepreneur. She was one of the most prolific female inventors of her time, having received 20 patents in total for her inventions. Donovan was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2015. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marion Donovan has received more than 178,236 page views. Her biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Marion Donovan is the 322nd most popular inventor, the 6,822nd most popular biography from United States and the 81st most popular American Inventor.

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Among inventors, Marion Donovan ranks 322 out of 354Before her are Harry Brearley, Albrecht Berblinger, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, Henry Shrapnel, Georges Beuchat, and Phil Ramone. After her are Norman Joseph Woodland, Roland Moreno, Per Georg Scheutz, Barnes Wallis, Margaret E. Knight, and Ken Olsen.

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Among people born in 1917, Marion Donovan ranks 228Before her are J. L. Mackie, Laurindo Almeida, William P. Gottlieb, Miroslav Brozović, Fyodor Khitruk, and Henry Carlsson. After her are Earl Cameron, Helena Rasiowa, Gonzalo Rojas, Kusuo Kitamura, Barbro Kollberg, and Nils Karlsson. Among people deceased in 1998, Marion Donovan ranks 204Before her are Ernesto Grillo, Erich Mende, Raquel Rastenni, Ricardo Tormo, Ed Ablowich, and Stokely Carmichael. After her are Wanda Jakubowska, Kvitka Cisyk, Raymond E. Brown, Junior Wells, Betty Carter, and Aurélio de Lira Tavares.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Marion Donovan ranks 6,822 out of 18,182Before her are Helene Madison (1913), Charles P. Kindleberger (1910), Michael Chapman (1935), Marilyn Miller (1898), Jenny McCarthy (1972), and Al Ernest Garcia (1887). After her are Robert Moses (1888), Gordon Parks (1912), Edwin Stanton (1814), January Jones (1978), Timothy B. Schmit (1947), and Raymond T. Odierno (1954).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Marion Donovan ranks 81Before her are Whitcomb L. Judson (1846), Lynn Conway (1938), George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. (1859), John Fitch (1743), Jay Miner (1932), and Robert S. Langer (1948). After her are Norman Joseph Woodland (1921), Margaret E. Knight (1838), Ken Olsen (1926), Joseph Engelberger (1925), Frank Piasecki (1919), and Amar Bose (1929).