Richard Trevithick

1771 - 1833

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Richard Trevithick (13 April 1771 – 22 April 1833) was a British inventor and mining engineer. The son of a mining captain, and born in the mining heartland of Cornwall, Trevithick was immersed in mining and engineering from an early age. He was an early pioneer of steam-powered road and rail transport, and his most significant contributions were the development of the first high-pressure steam engine and the first working railway steam locomotive. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Trevithick has received more than 985,703 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Richard Trevithick is the 38th most popular inventor (up from 44th in 2019), the 260th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 303rd in 2019) and the 6th most popular British Inventor.

Richard Trevithick is most famous for inventing the first steam-powered locomotive, which was the first machine to move on rails.

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Over the past year Richard Trevithick has had the most page views in the with 119,498 views, followed by Spanish (35,257), and German (27,399). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Malagasy (109.85%), Ido (106.43%), and German (81.93%)


Among inventors, Richard Trevithick ranks 38 out of 426Before him are Nicolas Appert, Eli Whitney, George Westinghouse, Igor Sikorsky, Robert Fulton, and László Bíró. After him are Adolphe Sax, Frank Whittle, John Logie Baird, Ruth Handler, Jimmy Wales, and Konrad Zuse.

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Among people born in 1771, Richard Trevithick ranks 4Before him are Walter Scott, Robert Owen, and Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen. After him are Emperor Kōkaku, Julie Clary, Antoine-Jean Gros, Princess Louise Auguste of Denmark, Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg, Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, Alois Senefelder, and Marie François Xavier Bichat. Among people deceased in 1833, Richard Trevithick ranks 4Before him are Nicéphore Niépce, Ferdinand VII of Spain, and Kaspar Hauser. After him are Marie-Antoine Carême, Adrien-Marie Legendre, Seraphim of Sarov, William Wilberforce, Ram Mohan Roy, Hugh Glass, Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, and Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Richard Trevithick ranks 260 out of 8,785Before him are Lady Jane Grey (1537), Arthur Evans (1851), Peter Ustinov (1921), Gary Oldman (1958), Æthelred I, King of Wessex (837), and Olivia Newton-John (1948). After him are Alec Guinness (1914), Owen Willans Richardson (1879), Graham Chapman (1941), Anthony Giddens (1938), James George Frazer (1854), and Ælfweard of Wessex (904).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Richard Trevithick ranks 6Before him are James Watt (1736), Alexander Graham Bell (1847), Charles Babbage (1791), George Stephenson (1781), and Thomas Newcomen (1663). After him are Frank Whittle (1907), John Logie Baird (1888), John Herschel (1792), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), and Thomas Savery (1650).