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 575,661 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Otto Lilienthal is the 12th most popular engineer, the 313th most popular biography from Germany (down from 301st 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 12 out of 325Before him are Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Sergei Korolev, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, and Anatoly Dyatlov. After him are André Citroën, Umberto Nobile, Alexei Kosygin, Jiro Horikoshi, Jack Kilby, and Fritz Todt.

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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 Gustave Caillebotte, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Otto of Bavaria, Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, Tōgō Heihachirō, Hugo de Vries, and Wyatt Earp. Among people deceased in 1896, Otto Lilienthal ranks 7Before him are Alfred Nobel, Paul Verlaine, Clara Schumann, Anton Bruckner, Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria, and William Morris. After him are August Kekulé, Hippolyte Fizeau, John Everett Millais, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, and H. H. Holmes.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Otto Lilienthal ranks 313 out of 5,289Before him are Ulrike Meinhof (1934), Hans Zimmer (1957), Baldur von Schirach (1907), Heinrich Müller (1900), Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928), and Christian III of Denmark (1503). After him are Hans Eysenck (1916), Fritz Sauckel (1894), Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486), Emil Kraepelin (1856), Peter Behrens (1868), and Sophie Scholl (1921).

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), Felix Wankel (1902), August Horch (1868), Hugo Junkers (1859), Albert Göring (1895), Kurt Gerstein (1905), Arthur Scherbius (1878), Walter Dornberger (1895), and Ernst Heinkel (1888).