Paul Gottlieb Nipkow

1860 - 1940

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Paul Julius Gottlieb Nipkow (22 August 1860 – 24 August 1940) was a German technician and inventor. He invented the Nipkow disk, which laid the foundation of television, since his disk was a fundamental component in the first televisions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Gottlieb Nipkow has received more than 106,741 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Paul Gottlieb Nipkow is the 75th most popular inventor (down from 72nd in 2019), the 135th most popular biography from Poland (down from 134th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Inventor.

Nipkow is most famous for his invention of the Nipkow disk, which is an early type of television.

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Among inventors, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow ranks 75 out of 355Before him are Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Thomas Savery, Jacques de Vaucanson, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Wolfgang von Kempelen, and Jacques Piccard. After him are Alois Senefelder, Edmund Cartwright, Henry Bessemer, John Harrison, Alphonse Bertillon, and Ray Tomlinson.

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Among people born in 1860, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow ranks 19Before him are Willem Einthoven, James Ensor, Anders Zorn, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Hugo Wolf, and Vittorio Emanuele Orlando. After him are Princess Charlotte of Prussia, René Lalique, Jane Addams, John J. Pershing, Ernest Thompson Seton, and Otto Jespersen. Among people deceased in 1940, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow ranks 24Before him are Isaac Babel, Wladimir Köppen, Verner von Heidenstam, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Italo Balbo, and Julius Wagner-Jauregg. After him are Lluís Companys, John Buchan, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse, Frederick Cook, and Kyösti Kallio.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow ranks 135 out of 1,231Before him are Władysław Sikorski (1881), Rochus Misch (1917), Arthur Liebehenschel (1901), Jerzy Grotowski (1933), Zdzisław Beksiński (1929), and Isabella Jagiellon (1519). After him are Alexander Jagiellon (1461), Mieszko I of Poland (940), Donald Tusk (1957), Samuel Reshevsky (1911), Christa Wolf (1929), and Olga Tokarczuk (1962).

Among INVENTORS In Poland

Among inventors born in Poland, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow ranks 1After him are Gunther von Hagens (1945) and Ottomar Anschütz (1846).