Melvil Dewey

1851 - 1931

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Melville Louis Kossuth "Melvil" Dewey (December 10, 1851 – December 26, 1931) was an influential American librarian and educator, inventor of the Dewey Decimal system of library classification, a founder of the Lake Placid Club, and a chief librarian at Columbia University. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Melvil Dewey has received more than 562,091 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Melvil Dewey is the 160th most popular inventor (up from 167th in 2019), the 2,309th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,200th in 2019) and the 38th most popular American Inventor.

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Among inventors, Melvil Dewey ranks 160 out of 355Before him are Charles Cros, Georges Hébert, Johann Nicolaus von Dreyse, Elias Howe, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, and Gerald Bull. After him are Ottaviano Petrucci, Siegfried Marcus, Oskar Barnack, Gunther von Hagens, Johann Christoph Denner, and Hans von Ohain.

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Among people born in 1851, Melvil Dewey ranks 33Before him are Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, Princess Maria Antonietta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, George Francis FitzGerald, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Charles Joseph Bonaparte, and Jacobus Kapteyn. After him are Theodor Lipps, Arne Garborg, Franz von Liszt, Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, Bernardino Machado, and Charles Chamberland. Among people deceased in 1931, Melvil Dewey ranks 41Before him are Santiago Rusiñol, Charles Algernon Parsons, Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia, Thomas Lipton, Jaime, Duke of Madrid, and William Bates. After him are Archduke Leopold Salvator of Austria, Antonio Salandra, Eugene de Blaas, Princess Isabella of Croÿ, Salvatore Maranzano, and David Bruce.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Melvil Dewey ranks 2,309 out of 15,968Before him are Joe Pass (1929), James Tolkan (1931), Piper Laurie (1932), Dean Acheson (1893), Samuel Fuller (1912), and Stockard Channing (1944). After him are Charles Durning (1923), Florence Griffith Joyner (1959), Alex Haley (1921), Gloria Steinem (1934), Paul Bowles (1910), and Grace Slick (1939).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Melvil Dewey ranks 38Before him are Mary Anderson (1862), Richard Jordan Gatling (1818), Christopher Latham Sholes (1819), Josiah Warren (1798), Edwin Howard Armstrong (1890), and Elias Howe (1819). After him are Charles Martin Hall (1863), J. Presper Eckert (1919), Ruth Handler (1916), Eli Whitney (1765), Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834), and John Wesley Hyatt (1837).