Mikhail Kalashnikov

1919 - 2013

Mikhail Kalashnikov

Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov (Russian: Михаи́л Тимофе́евич Кала́шников, IPA: [kɐˈlaʂnʲɪkəf]; 10 November 1919 – 23 December 2013) was a 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 PK machine gun and RPK light 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 1,916,598 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 5th most popular engineer.

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Among engineers, Mikhail Kalashnikov ranks 5 out of 287Before him are Gustave Eiffel, Gottlieb Daimler, Zhuge Liang, and Wernher von Braun. After him are Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, Anatoly Dyatlov, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Sergei Korolev, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, and Otto Lilienthal.

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

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Mikhail Kalashnikov ranks 49 out of 2,050Before him are Konstantin Chernenko (1911), Elizabeth of Russia (1709), David Hilbert (1862), Vyacheslav Molotov (1890), Paul I of Russia (1754), and E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776). After him are Alexander Nevsky (1220), Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (1895), Boris Pasternak (1890), Georg Cantor (1845), Gustav Kirchhoff (1824), and Alexander Borodin (1833).

Among ENGINEERS In Russia

Among engineers born in Russia, Mikhail Kalashnikov ranks 1After him are Anatoly Dyatlov (1931), Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857), Alexei Kosygin (1904), Andrei Tupolev (1888), Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia (1856), Sergey Ilyushin (1894), Nikolay Zhukovsky (1847), Mikhail Mil (1909), Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev (1906), Mikhail Gurevich (1892), and Nikolai Polikarpov (1892).

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