R. J. Mitchell

1895 - 1937

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Reginald Joseph Mitchell (20 May 1895 – 11 June 1937) was a British aircraft designer who worked for the Southampton aviation company Supermarine from 1916 until 1936. He is best known for designing racing seaplanes such as the Supermarine S.6B, and for leading the team that designed the Supermarine Spitfire. Born in Butt Lane, Staffordshire, Mitchell attended Hanley High School and afterwards worked as an apprentice at a locomotive engineering works, whilst also studying engineering and mathematics at night. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of R. J. Mitchell has received more than 786,984 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). R. J. Mitchell is the 338th most popular engineer (down from 291st in 2019), the 4,938th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 3,942nd in 2019) and the 36th most popular British Engineer.

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Among engineers, R. J. Mitchell ranks 338 out of 389Before him are Anatoly Blagonravov, Charles Joseph Minard, Leon O. Chua, Otmar Szafnauer, John Houbolt, and Chuck Peddle. After him are Tommy Flowers, Harry Ricardo, Sidney Darlington, Robert Zubrin, Pavel Pavel, and Vladimir Barmin.

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Among people born in 1895, R. J. Mitchell ranks 287Before him are Edward Brophy, Milton Margai, Erwin Casmir, Malcolm Sargent, Andreo Cseh, and Käthe Leichter. After him are Virginia Valli, Margaret Livingston, Gracie Allen, István Barta, Lancelot Hogben, and Ernie Collett. Among people deceased in 1937, R. J. Mitchell ranks 176Before him are Harold Hackett, Carlos Eugenio Restrepo, Ottó Hellmich, Howie Morenz, Colin Campbell Cooper, and Clarence Clark. After him are Claude Buckenham, Ruth Roland, George Caridia, Roberto Ferrari, Jānis Akuraters, and Annie Lorrain Smith.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, R. J. Mitchell ranks 4,938 out of 8,785Before him are Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset (1536), Billy Liddell (1922), John Ogilvie (1579), Will Champion (1978), Henry Roscoe (1833), and Ann Lee (1967). After him are Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde (1792), Gary McAllister (1964), Edward Evans, 1st Baron Mountevans (1880), Archibald Menzies (1754), Dave Stewart (1950), and Gem Archer (1966).

Among ENGINEERS In United Kingdom

Among engineers born in United Kingdom, R. J. Mitchell ranks 36Before him are Isaac Roberts (1829), Ron Tauranac (1925), Jesse Ramsden (1735), Joseph Bazalgette (1819), Ove Arup (1895), and Geoffrey de Havilland (1882). After him are Tommy Flowers (1905), Harry Ricardo (1885), Charles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford (1893), Ralph Bagnold (1896), Kevin Warwick (1954), and Pat Fry (1964).