Richard Arkwright

1732 - 1792

Richard Arkwright

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 608,197 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 82nd most popular inventor.

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Among inventors, Richard Arkwright ranks 82 out of 323Before him are John Harrison, Alois Senefelder, Jacques Piccard, Vladimir K. Zworykin, Cornelis Drebbel, and Leo Fender. After him are Daniel Swarovski, William Webb Ellis, Hans Lippershey, Johann Maria Farina, Jacque Fresco, and Wolfgang von Kempelen.

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Among people born in 1732, Richard Arkwright ranks 9Before him are Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Stanisław August Poniatowski, Jacques Necker, Pierre Beaumarchais, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, and Jérôme Lalande. After him are Adélaïde of France, Abbas III, Johann Christoph Adelung, Carl Gotthard Langhans, Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, and John Dickinson. Among people deceased in 1792, Richard Arkwright ranks 7Before him are Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor, Gustav III of Sweden, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, Joshua Reynolds, Maria Luisa of Spain, and Marie Thérèse Louise of Savoy, Princesse de Lamballe. After him are John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, Robert Adam, Joseph Martin Kraus, Nguyễn Huệ, Johann van Beethoven, and Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Richard Arkwright ranks 645 out of 5,347Before him are Peter Finch (1916), Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764), Edgar Adrian (1889), Christopher Nolan (1970), Niels Kaj Jerne (1911), and Duncan Edwards (1936). After him are John Henry Newman (1801), William Holman Hunt (1827), John Cale (1942), William Webb Ellis (1806), Amélie of Orléans (1865), and James Macpherson (1736).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Richard Arkwright ranks 15Before him are John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Henry Bessemer (1813), Frank Whittle (1907), Thomas Savery (1650), and John Harrison (1693). After him are William Webb Ellis (1806), Edmund Cartwright (1743), James Hargreaves (1720), Robert Stirling (1790), W. O. Bentley (1888), and Charles Algernon Parsons (1854).