Oskar Barnack

1879 - 1936

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Oskar Barnack (Nuthe-Urstromtal, Brandenburg, 1 November 1879 – Bad Nauheim, Hesse, 16 January 1936) was an inventor and German photographer who built, in 1913, what would later become the first commercially successful 35mm still-camera, subsequently called Ur-Leica at Ernst Leitz Optische Werke (the Leitz factory) in Wetzlar. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oskar Barnack has received more than 105,879 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Oskar Barnack is the 195th most popular inventor (down from 163rd in 2019), the 2,289th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,891st in 2019) and the 26th most popular Inventor.

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Among inventors, Oskar Barnack ranks 195 out of 354Before him are Lars Magnus Ericsson, Narcís Monturiol, Sandford Fleming, Édouard Branly, Samuel Pierpont Langley, and Philo Farnsworth. After him are William Murdoch, John Kemp Starley, Yuan Longping, Hovannes Adamian, Lagâri Hasan Çelebi, and Lou Ottens.

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Among people born in 1879, Oskar Barnack ranks 76Before him are Jane Darwell, Bernhard Schmidt, Alla Nazimova, Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich of Russia, Mark Sykes, and Ernest Jones. After him are Hovannes Adamian, Eli Heckscher, René Pottier, Aimo Cajander, Alan Gardiner, and Dwight F. Davis. Among people deceased in 1936, Oskar Barnack ranks 76Before him are Hans Poelzig, Oscar Wisting, Alexandros Zaimis, Richard Hauptmann, Sergey Kamenev, and José Calvo Sotelo. After him are Sergei Shchukin, Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Dezső Kosztolányi, Alexander Tamanian, Charles Curtis, and Johannes Franz Hartmann.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Oskar Barnack ranks 2,289 out of 6,142Before him are Emich Carl, 2nd Prince of Leiningen (1763), Gretl Braun (1915), Carl Hagenbeck (1844), George I, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (1547), Anna of Cleves (1552), and Christian Lorenz (1966). After him are Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1579), Maximilian Henry of Bavaria (1621), Hermann Abendroth (1883), Juliana of Stolberg (1506), Judith Kerr (1923), and Beatrice of Swabia (1198).

Among INVENTORS In Germany

Among inventors born in Germany, Oskar Barnack ranks 26Before him are Johann Nepomuk Maelzel (1772), Uziel Gal (1923), Heinrich Daniel Ruhmkorff (1803), Siegfried Marcus (1831), Peter Henlein (1479), and Johann Christoph Denner (1655). After him are Hans von Ohain (1911), Helmut Gröttrup (1916), Max Skladanowsky (1863), Henrich Focke (1890), Ricardo Wolf (1887), and Artur Fischer (1919).