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Mikhail Kalashnikov

1919 - 2013

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Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov (UK: , US: ; Russian: Михаи́л Тимофе́евич Кала́шников, IPA: [kɐˈlaʂnʲɪkəf]; 10 November 1919 – 23 December 2013) was a Soviet and Russian lieutenant general, inventor, military engineer, writer, and small arms designer. He is most famous for developing the AK-47 assault rifle and its improvements, the AKM and AK-74, as well as the RPK light machine gun and PK machine gun.Kalashnikov was, according to himself, a self-taught tinkerer who combined innate mechanical skills with the study of weaponry to design arms that achieved battlefield ubiquity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mikhail Kalashnikov has received more than 3,252,040 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Mikhail Kalashnikov is the 2nd most popular engineer (up from 4th in 2019), the 37th most popular biography from Russia (up from 59th in 2019) and the most popular Russian Engineer.

Mikhail Kalashnikov is most famous for inventing the AK-47, which is a rifle that can be used by both military and civilians.

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Among engineers, Mikhail Kalashnikov ranks 2 out of 323Before him are Gustave Eiffel. After him are Wernher von Braun, Gottlieb Daimler, Zhuge Liang, Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Sergei Korolev, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, André Citroën, and Anatoly Dyatlov.

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Among people born in 1919, Mikhail Kalashnikov ranks 2Before him is Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. After him are Eva Perón, J. D. Salinger, Edmund Hillary, Doris Lessing, Desmond Doss, Primo Levi, Zhao Ziyang, Giulio Andreotti, Margot Fonteyn, and Lino Ventura. Among people deceased in 2013, Mikhail Kalashnikov ranks 3Before him are Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher. After him are Doris Lessing, Hugo Chávez, Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, Võ Nguyên Giáp, Peter O'Toole, Jorge Rafael Videla, Frederick Sanger, Paul Walker, and Tom Clancy.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Mikhail Kalashnikov ranks 37 out of 3,262Before him are Maxim Gorky (1868), Lev Yashin (1929), Paul I of Russia (1754), Georgy Zhukov (1896), Valentina Tereshkova (1937), and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918). After him are Elizabeth of Russia (1709), Alexander II of Russia (1818), Modest Mussorgsky (1839), Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (1901), Konstantin Chernenko (1911), and Vyacheslav Molotov (1890).

Among ENGINEERS In Russia

Among engineers born in Russia, Mikhail Kalashnikov ranks 1After him are Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857), Anatoly Dyatlov (1931), Alexei Kosygin (1904), Andrei Tupolev (1888), Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia (1856), Sergey Ilyushin (1894), Viktor Belenko (1947), Nikolay Zhukovsky (1847), Vasily Degtyaryov (1880), Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev (1906), and Ivan Sechenov (1829).