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 449,442 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia. Percy Spencer is the 83rd most popular inventor (down from 71st in 2019), the 917th most popular biography from United States (down from 643rd in 2019) and the 21st most popular American Inventor.

Percy Spencer is most famous for inventing the microwave oven.

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Among inventors, Percy Spencer ranks 83 out of 355Before him are Edmund Cartwright, Henry Bessemer, John Harrison, Alphonse Bertillon, Ray Tomlinson, and Étienne-Jules Marey. After him are Bi Sheng, Momofuku Ando, Johann Maria Farina, Charles K. Kao, Mary the Jewess, and William Webb Ellis.

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Among people born in 1894, Percy Spencer ranks 36Before him are Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Satyendra Nath Bose, Wilhelm Bittrich, Norman Rockwell, Alexander Oparin, and Paul Blobel. After him are Fyodor Tolbukhin, Heinrich Lübke, Karl Böhm, Josef von Sternberg, Alexander Dovzhenko, and Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger. Among people deceased in 1970, Percy Spencer ranks 42Before him are John Dos Passos, Fritz Perls, Arthur Adamov, Nina Ricci, Lázaro Cárdenas, and Bourvil. After him are E. M. Forster, Italo Gariboldi, Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, Władysław Anders, Lev Kuleshov, and Sonny Liston.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Percy Spencer ranks 917 out of 15,968Before him are Harry Dean Stanton (1926), George F. Kennan (1904), Melvin Schwartz (1932), Willie Nelson (1933), Steve Martin (1945), and Mark David Chapman (1955). After him are James Jones (1921), Lillian Gish (1893), Karl Malden (1912), Stan Getz (1927), Louise Fletcher (1934), and Lance Henriksen (1940).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Percy Spencer ranks 21Before him are Josephine Cochrane (1839), Les Paul (1915), John Deere (1804), George Eastman (1854), John Browning (1855), and Ray Tomlinson (1941). After him are Leo Fender (1909), Jacque Fresco (1916), Robert Noyce (1927), Hiram Maxim (1840), Elisha Otis (1811), and Robert Moog (1934).