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 321,820 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia. Richard Jordan Gatling is the 130th most popular inventor (up from 144th in 2019), the 1,675th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,855th in 2019) and the 33rd most popular American Inventor.

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Among inventors, Richard Jordan Gatling ranks 130 out of 355Before him are Kōnosuke Matsushita, Lee de Forest, Paul Otlet, Robert Stirling, John Ericsson, and Mary Anderson. After him are Heinrich Göbel, Josef Ressel, Christopher Latham Sholes, John Kay, Viktor Schauberger, and Jethro Tull.

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Among people born in 1818, Richard Jordan Gatling ranks 30Before him are Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Frederick Douglass, Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria, Tewodros II, Hermann Kolbe, and Max Joseph von Pettenkofer. After him are Zachris Topelius, Heinrich Göbel, Prince August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, Francesco Crispi, and Charles Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Among people deceased in 1903, Richard Jordan Gatling ranks 22Before him are Calamity Jane, Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria, Camillo Sitte, Draga Mašin, Vasily Dokuchaev, and Marcel Renault. After him are Sabino Arana, Hans Gude, Sophie Gengembre Anderson, Gaston Paris, Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov, and William Ernest Henley.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Richard Jordan Gatling ranks 1,675 out of 15,968Before him are Henry Steel Olcott (1832), McCoy Tyner (1938), W. I. Thomas (1863), Jack Kevorkian (1928), Joseph Nye (1937), and Connie Francis (1938). After him are Jonathan Edwards (1703), Annette Bening (1958), George Whipple (1878), Stanley Tucci (1960), Lou Ferrigno (1951), and Joan Rivers (1933).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Richard Jordan Gatling ranks 33Before him are Robert Moog (1934), Bob Kahn (1938), Sequoyah (1770), Elisha Gray (1835), Lee de Forest (1873), and Mary Anderson (1862). After him are Christopher Latham Sholes (1819), Josiah Warren (1798), Edwin Howard Armstrong (1890), Elias Howe (1819), Melvil Dewey (1851), and Charles Martin Hall (1863).