Richard Jordan Gatling

1818 - 1903

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Richard Jordan Gatling (September 12, 1818 – February 26, 1903) was an American inventor best known for his invention of the Gatling gun, which is considered to be the first successful machine gun. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Jordan Gatling has received more than 498,181 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Richard Jordan Gatling is the 131st most popular inventor (down from 121st in 2019), the 1,657th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,530th in 2019) and the 33rd most popular American Inventor.

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Over the past year Richard Jordan Gatling has had the most page views in the with 59,851 views, followed by Russian (12,833), and Japanese (6,217). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Malagasy (91.56%), Irish (82.80%), and Korean (56.31%)


Among inventors, Richard Jordan Gatling ranks 131 out of 426Before him are Nikolai Kardashev, Hugo Schmeisser, Samuel Crompton, Mary Anderson, Robert Adler, and Elisha Gray. After him are Gunther von Hagens, W. O. Bentley, Robert Moog, Zénobe Gramme, Paul Baran, and Paul Otlet.

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Among people born in 1818, Richard Jordan Gatling ranks 30Before him are Angelo Secchi, Frederick Douglass, Zachris Topelius, Emperor Norton, Francesco Crispi, and Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen. After him are Maria Mitchell, Emil du Bois-Reymond, Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Tewodros II, Infante Carlos, Count of Montemolin, and Max Joseph von Pettenkofer. Among people deceased in 1903, Richard Jordan Gatling ranks 20Before him are Gemma Galgani, Vasily Dokuchaev, Calamity Jane, Draga Mašin, Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. After him are Camillo Sitte, Marcel Renault, Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov, Sabino Arana, James Glaisher, and Ronglu.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Richard Jordan Gatling ranks 1,657 out of 20,380Before him are William Tecumseh Sherman (1820), Don Rosa (1951), Vincent D'Onofrio (1959), David O. Selznick (1902), Lyonel Feininger (1871), and Sixto Rodriguez (1942). After him are Jennifer Grey (1960), Vera Miles (1929), John Turturro (1957), Jean M. Auel (1936), Frank Zane (1942), and Robert J. Shiller (1946).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Richard Jordan Gatling ranks 33Before him are Lee de Forest (1873), Josiah Warren (1798), Hiram Maxim (1840), Percy Spencer (1894), Mary Anderson (1862), and Elisha Gray (1835). After him are Robert Moog (1934), Sequoyah (1770), Elias Howe (1819), Edwin Howard Armstrong (1890), Bob Kahn (1938), and Alfred Vail (1807).