Mikhail Kalashnikov

1919 - 2013

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Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov (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 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 2,862,898 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Mikhail Kalashnikov is the 4th most popular engineer (up from 5th in 2019), the 59th most popular biography from Russia (down from 49th 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 4 out of 325Before him are Gustave Eiffel, Gottlieb Daimler, and Zhuge Liang. After him are Wernher von Braun, Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Sergei Korolev, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, Anatoly Dyatlov, and Otto Lilienthal.

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Among people born in 1919, Mikhail Kalashnikov ranks 5Before him are Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Eva Perón, J. D. Salinger, and Edmund Hillary. After him are Doris Lessing, Primo Levi, Desmond Doss, Nat King Cole, Zhao Ziyang, Giulio Andreotti, and Margot Fonteyn. Among people deceased in 2013, Mikhail Kalashnikov ranks 3Before him are Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher. After him are Doris Lessing, Võ Nguyên Giáp, Hugo Chávez, Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, Peter O'Toole, Paul Walker, Joan Fontaine, Jorge Rafael Videla, and Frederick Sanger.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Mikhail Kalashnikov ranks 59 out of 2,688Before him are Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (1895), Georg Cantor (1845), Rurik (830), Alexander Borodin (1833), Alexander Nevsky (1220), and Vasily Zaitsev (1915). After him are Vladimir the Great (958), Gustav Kirchhoff (1824), Boris Godunov (1552), Konstantin Stanislavski (1863), Feodor I of Russia (1557), and Andrei Sakharov (1921).

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), Nikolay Zhukovsky (1847), Viktor Belenko (1947), Mikhail Gurevich (1892), Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev (1906), and Ivan Sechenov (1829).