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Otto Lilienthal

1848 - 1896

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Karl Wilhelm Otto Lilienthal (23 May 1848 – 10 August 1896) was a German pioneer of aviation who became known as the "flying man". He was the first person to make well-documented, repeated, successful flights with gliders, therefore making the idea of "heavier than air" a reality. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Otto Lilienthal has received more than 661,577 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Otto Lilienthal is the 14th most popular engineer (down from 12th in 2019), the 374th most popular biography from Germany (down from 313th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Engineer.

Otto Lilienthal was a German engineer and inventor who is most famous for inventing the first successful human-powered aircraft.

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Among engineers, Otto Lilienthal ranks 14 out of 323Before him are Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Sergei Korolev, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, André Citroën, Anatoly Dyatlov, and Alexei Kosygin. After him are Umberto Nobile, Fritz Todt, Willy Messerschmitt, John Demjanjuk, Hans Albert Einstein, and Jack Kilby.

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Among people born in 1848, Otto Lilienthal ranks 5Before him are Paul Gauguin, Octave Mirbeau, Vilfredo Pareto, and Gottlob Frege. After him are Joris-Karl Huysmans, Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, Gustave Caillebotte, Otto of Bavaria, Albert I, Prince of Monaco, Hugo de Vries, and Tōgō Heihachirō. Among people deceased in 1896, Otto Lilienthal ranks 9Before him are Clara Schumann, Anton Bruckner, Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria, August Kekulé, William Morris, and Hippolyte Fizeau. After him are Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ivar Aasen, John Everett Millais, H. H. Holmes, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, and Edmond de Goncourt.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Otto Lilienthal ranks 374 out of 6,142Before him are Peter Behrens (1868), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1955), Max Bruch (1838), Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781), Carl von Ossietzky (1889), and Otto Dix (1891). After him are Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France (1731), Martin Behaim (1459), Moses Mendelssohn (1729), Georg von Küchler (1881), Joachim Löw (1960), and Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787).

Among ENGINEERS In Germany

Among engineers born in Germany, Otto Lilienthal ranks 2Before him are Gottlieb Daimler (1834). After him are Fritz Todt (1891), Willy Messerschmitt (1898), Albert Göring (1895), August Horch (1868), Hugo Junkers (1859), Felix Wankel (1902), Ernst Heinkel (1888), Kurt Gerstein (1905), Arthur Scherbius (1878), and Walter Dornberger (1895).