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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. He was the first to develop factories housing both mechanised carding and spinning operations.Arkwright's achievement was to combine power, machinery, semi-skilled labour and the new raw material of cotton to create mass-produced yarn. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Arkwright has received more than 905,384 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Richard Arkwright is the 74th most popular inventor (down from 68th in 2019), the 571st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 468th in 2019) and the 13th 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 74 out of 354Before him are Les Paul, George Eastman, Jacques de Vaucanson, Oleg Antonov, Jacques Piccard, and Thomas Savery. After him are Kōnosuke Matsushita, Alexander Stepanovich Popov, James Hargreaves, André-Jacques Garnerin, Claude Chappe, and Henry Bessemer.

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Among people born in 1732, Richard Arkwright ranks 8Before him are George Washington, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Stanisław August Poniatowski, Pierre Beaumarchais, Jacques Necker, and Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach. After him are Jérôme Lalande, Abbas III, Adélaïde of France, Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, Johann Christoph Adelung, and John Dickinson. 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, Maria Luisa of Spain, Marie Thérèse Louise of Savoy, Princesse de Lamballe, and Joshua Reynolds. After him are John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, Joseph Martin Kraus, Nguyễn Huệ, Tiradentes, Robert Adam, and Johann van Beethoven.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Richard Arkwright ranks 571 out of 7,765Before him are Eric Burdon (1941), James II of Scotland (1430), Thomas Savery (1650), Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850), Frederick Forsyth (1938), and Peter Gabriel (1950). After him are Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon (1930), Tom Jones (1940), Christian Bale (1974), David Irving (1938), James Francis Edward Stuart (1688), and Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (1631).

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Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Richard Arkwright ranks 13Before him are Richard Trevithick (1771), John Herschel (1792), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Frank Whittle (1907), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), and Thomas Savery (1650). After him are James Hargreaves (1720), Henry Bessemer (1813), John Harrison (1693), Edmund Cartwright (1743), W. O. Bentley (1888), and William Webb Ellis (1806).