Richard Arkwright

1732 - 1792

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Sir Richard Arkwright (23 December 1732 – 3 August 1792) was an English inventor and a leading entrepreneur during the early Industrial Revolution. He is credited as the driving force behind the development of the spinning frame, known as the water frame after it was adapted to use water power; and he patented a rotary carding engine to convert raw cotton to 'cotton lap' prior to spinning. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Arkwright has received more than 939,911 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Richard Arkwright is the 85th most popular inventor (down from 74th in 2019), the 653rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 571st in 2019) and the 15th most popular British Inventor.

Richard Arkwright is most famous for inventing the spinning frame, which was the first machine to spin cotton.

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Among inventors, Richard Arkwright ranks 85 out of 426Before him are Ray Tomlinson, Bi Sheng, Thomas Savery, Sakichi Toyoda, Henry Bessemer, and James Hargreaves. After him are Vladimir K. Zworykin, Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Mary the Jewess, William Webb Ellis, Wolfgang von Kempelen, and Henri Coandă.

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Among people born in 1732, Richard Arkwright ranks 11Before him are Pierre Beaumarchais, Jacques Necker, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Jérôme Lalande, Adélaïde of France, and Johann Christoph Adelung. After him are Abbas III, John Dickinson, Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, Carl Gotthard Langhans, Warren Hastings, and Peter Forsskål. Among people deceased in 1792, Richard Arkwright ranks 7Before him are Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, Gustav III of Sweden, Marie Thérèse Louise of Savoy, Princesse de Lamballe, Joshua Reynolds, and Maria Luisa of Spain. After him are Johann van Beethoven, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, Jacques Cazotte, Nguyễn Huệ, Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, and Tiradentes.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Richard Arkwright ranks 653 out of 8,785Before him are John Kendrew (1917), Bobby Robson (1933), John Flamsteed (1646), Kevin Keegan (1951), Brian Eno (1948), and Colin Maclaurin (1698). After him are Frederick Forsyth (1938), Wilkie Collins (1824), Ian Paice (1948), Aubrey Beardsley (1872), Prince George, Duke of Kent (1902), and Patrick Blackett (1897).

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Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Richard Arkwright ranks 15Before him are John Herschel (1792), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Thomas Savery (1650), Henry Bessemer (1813), and James Hargreaves (1720). After him are William Webb Ellis (1806), John Harrison (1693), Edmund Cartwright (1743), Samuel Crompton (1753), W. O. Bentley (1888), and John Kay (1704).