Samuel Pierpont Langley

1834 - 1906

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Samuel Pierpont Langley (August 22, 1834 – February 27, 1906) was an American aviation pioneer, astronomer and physicist who invented the bolometer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel Pierpont Langley has received more than 381,633 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Samuel Pierpont Langley is the 189th most popular inventor (up from 193rd in 2019), the 2,767th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,773rd in 2019) and the 45th most popular American Inventor.

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Among inventors, Samuel Pierpont Langley ranks 189 out of 426Before him are Larry Sanger, Heinrich Daniel Ruhmkorff, George de Mestral, Sandford Fleming, Traian Vuia, and Johann Christoph Denner. After him are Ottaviano Petrucci, Jethro Tull, Orban, Christopher Latham Sholes, Charles Xavier Thomas, and David Edward Hughes.

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Among people born in 1834, Samuel Pierpont Langley ranks 32Before him are William Chester Minor, Heinrich von Treitschke, Gustav Nachtigal, Viktor Hartmann, Lev Ivanov, and John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury. After him are José Hernández, Hetty Green, Ludovic Halévy, Johann Karl Friedrich Zöllner, Archduchess Maria Isabella of Austria, and Infanta Amalia of Spain. Among people deceased in 1906, Samuel Pierpont Langley ranks 25Before him are Eugène Carrière, Raja Ravi Varma, Mihály Zichy, Princess Maria Anna of Anhalt-Dessau, Joseph Monier, and Maria Beatrix of Austria-Este. After him are Ernesto Cesàro, Prince Albert of Prussia, Friedrich Konrad Beilstein, Dame Gruev, Princess Louise of Denmark, and Giuseppe Giacosa.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Samuel Pierpont Langley ranks 2,767 out of 20,380Before him are Roger Y. Tsien (1952), Alfred Bester (1913), Delmer Daves (1904), Karl Malone (1963), Melissa Gilbert (1964), and Erich Segal (1937). After him are Brian Weiss (1944), Audre Lorde (1934), Howard Schultz (1953), Miley Cyrus (1992), Charles Robert Jenkins (1940), and Robert Serber (1909).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Samuel Pierpont Langley ranks 45Before him are Alfred Vail (1807), Garrett Morgan (1877), Royal Rife (1888), Philo Farnsworth (1906), Charles Martin Hall (1863), and Larry Sanger (1968). After him are Christopher Latham Sholes (1819), Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878), Eunice Newton Foote (1819), Raymond Damadian (1936), Melvil Dewey (1851), and J. Presper Eckert (1919).