Percy Spencer

1894 - 1970

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Percy Lebaron Spencer (July 19, 1894 – September 8, 1970) was an American physicist and inventor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Percy Spencer has received more than 485,317 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia. Percy Spencer is the 113th most popular inventor (down from 83rd in 2019), the 1,371st most popular biography from United States (down from 916th in 2019) and the 26th most popular Inventor.

Percy Spencer is most famous for inventing the microwave oven.

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Among inventors, Percy Spencer ranks 113 out of 354Before him are Joseph Pilates, Vladimir K. Zworykin, Zacharias Janssen, Mary the Jewess, André Michelin, and Samuel Crompton. After him are Johann Philipp Reis, Theobald Boehm, Elias Howe, Alfred Krupp, Clément Ader, and Clive Sinclair.

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Among people born in 1894, Percy Spencer ranks 50Before him are Elisabeth of Romania, Edogawa Ranpo, Lothar von Richthofen, Sergey Ilyushin, Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger, and Aino Aalto. After him are Leo Kanner, Ernst Lindemann, V. V. Giri, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, Bessie Smith, and André Kertész. Among people deceased in 1970, Percy Spencer ranks 49Before him are Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, Arthur Adamov, E. M. Forster, Sonny Liston, Lev Kuleshov, and B. H. Liddell Hart. After him are Barnett Newman, Jean Giono, Elsa Triolet, Maud Lewis, Pedro Cea, and Erich Heckel.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Percy Spencer ranks 1,371 out of 18,182Before him are Ben Gazzara (1930), George Armitage Miller (1920), Ken Kesey (1935), Joshua Lederberg (1925), Iris Apfel (1921), and William Fichtner (1956). After him are Hamilton O. Smith (1931), Bernard Baruch (1870), Nettie Stevens (1861), Rex Stout (1886), David O. Selznick (1902), and Conchata Ferrell (1943).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Percy Spencer ranks 26Before him are Ray Tomlinson (1941), Elisha Otis (1811), Leo Fender (1909), Bob Kahn (1938), Robert Noyce (1927), and Jacque Fresco (1916). After him are Elias Howe (1819), Richard Jordan Gatling (1818), Lee de Forest (1873), Elisha Gray (1835), Robert Moog (1934), and Josiah Warren (1798).