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Robert Fulton

1765 - 1815

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Robert Fulton (November 14, 1765 – February 24, 1815) was an American engineer and inventor who is widely credited with developing the world's first commercially successful steamboat, the North River Steamboat (also known as Clermont). In 1807, that steamboat traveled on the Hudson River with passengers from New York City to Albany and back again, a round trip of 300 nautical miles (560 kilometers), in 62 hours. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Fulton has received more than 1,120,650 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Robert Fulton is the 33rd most popular inventor (down from 29th in 2019), the 272nd most popular biography from United States (down from 235th in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Inventor.

Robert Fulton is most famous for inventing the first commercially successful steamboat.

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Among inventors, Robert Fulton ranks 33 out of 354Before him are James Naismith, Steve Wozniak, Denis Papin, Ernő Rubik, Bartolomeo Cristofori, and George Westinghouse. After him are Joseph Marie Jacquard, Abbas ibn Firnas, László Bíró, Ismail al-Jazari, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, and Konrad Zuse.

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Among people born in 1765, Robert Fulton ranks 4Before him are Pope Gregory XVI, Nicéphore Niépce, and William IV of the United Kingdom. After him are Pyotr Bagration, Jacques MacDonald, Charles Felix of Sardinia, Emma, Lady Hamilton, Karl Ludwig Harding, Princess Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt, Paolo Ruffini, and José María Morelos. Among people deceased in 1815, Robert Fulton ranks 4Before him are Joachim Murat, Michel Ney, and Sarah Baartman. After him are Franz Mesmer, Louis-Alexandre Berthier, Emma, Lady Hamilton, Jan Potocki, Carsten Niebuhr, Guillaume Brune, José María Morelos, and 9th Dalai Lama.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert Fulton ranks 272 out of 18,182Before him are Leonard Bernstein (1918), John Quincy Adams (1767), Claude Shannon (1916), Robert Andrews Millikan (1868), Rachel Carson (1907), and Benjamin Harrison (1833). After him are Jesse James (1847), Irvin D. Yalom (1931), P. T. Barnum (1810), Joe Pesci (1943), Andrew Johnson (1808), and George Marshall (1880).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Robert Fulton ranks 7Before him are Thomas Edison (1847), Henry Ford (1863), Samuel Morse (1791), Samuel Colt (1814), Steve Wozniak (1950), and George Westinghouse (1846). After him are Herman Hollerith (1860), Charles Goodyear (1800), William G. Morgan (1870), Willis Carrier (1876), Isaac Singer (1811), and John Deere (1804).