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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 141,872 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Paul Gottlieb Nipkow is the 63rd most popular inventor (up from 75th in 2019), the 115th most popular biography from Poland (up from 135th 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 63 out of 354Before him are John Deere, Louis Blériot, Douglas Engelbart, Henry Fox Talbot, Louis Renault, and John Browning. After him are Jimmy Wales, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Josephine Cochrane, Étienne Lenoir, Les Paul, and George Eastman.

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Among people born in 1860, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow ranks 19Before him are James Ensor, Niels Ryberg Finsen, J. M. Barrie, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, Jane Addams, and Anders Zorn. After him are Ignacy Jan Paderewski, René Lalique, Hugo Wolf, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, John J. Pershing, and William Kemmler. Among people deceased in 1940, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow ranks 19Before him are Peter Behrens, Manuel Azaña, Gerda Wegener, Wladimir Köppen, Isaac Babel, and Julius Wagner-Jauregg. After him are Spyridon Louis, Italo Balbo, Verner von Heidenstam, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, John Buchan, and Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow ranks 115 out of 1,454Before him are Zdzisław Beksiński (1929), Saint Casimir (1458), Henryk Wieniawski (1835), Konrad Emil Bloch (1912), Angelus Silesius (1624), and Jan Henryk Dąbrowski (1755). After him are Edward Sapir (1884), Jan Matejko (1838), Mieszko I of Poland (940), Rochus Misch (1917), Alexander Jagiellon (1461), and Clara Immerwahr (1870).

Among INVENTORS In Poland

Among inventors born in Poland, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow ranks 1After him are Gunther von Hagens (1945), Ottomar Anschütz (1846), and Kazimierz Prószyński (1875).