Umberto Nobile

1885 - 1978

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Umberto Nobile (Italian pronunciation: [umˈbɛrto ˈnɔːbile]; 21 January 1885 – 30 July 1978) was an Italian aviator, aeronautical engineer and Arctic explorer. Nobile was a developer and promoter of semi-rigid airships in the years between the two World Wars. He is primarily remembered for designing and piloting the airship Norge, which may have been the first aircraft to reach the North Pole, and which was indisputably the first to fly across the polar ice cap from Europe to America. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Umberto Nobile has received more than 263,866 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Umberto Nobile is the 11th most popular engineer (up from 15th in 2019), the 451st most popular biography from Italy (up from 585th in 2019) and the most popular Italian Engineer.

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Among engineers, Umberto Nobile ranks 11 out of 389Before him are Wernher von Braun, Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Sergei Korolev, and Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban. After him are André Citroën, Otto Lilienthal, Alexei Kosygin, Leslie Groves, Anatoly Dyatlov, and Tsutomu Yamaguchi.

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Among people born in 1885, Umberto Nobile ranks 8Before him are Karen Blixen, François Mauriac, György Lukács, Alban Berg, Albert Kesselring, and George S. Patton. After him are Ezra Pound, Hermann Hoth, Karen Horney, Julius Streicher, Robert Delaunay, and Faisal I of Iraq. Among people deceased in 1978, Umberto Nobile ranks 12Before him are Kurt Gödel, Aldo Moro, Jacques Brel, Giorgio de Chirico, Manne Siegbahn, and Adolf Dassler. After him are Ramón Mercader, Anastas Mikoyan, Ricardo Zamora, John Cazale, Harry Martinson, and Kurt Student.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Umberto Nobile ranks 451 out of 5,161Before him are Pope Lando (900), Pope Paul I (700), Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857), Pope Nicholas IV (1227), Fabio Capello (1946), and Pope Gregory II (669). After him are Andrea del Sarto (1486), Pope Symmachus (460), Roberto Rossellini (1906), Lorenzo Valla (1407), Pope Zosimus (400), and Parmigianino (1503).

Among ENGINEERS In Italy

Among engineers born in Italy, Umberto Nobile ranks 1After him are Marcello Gandini (1938), Nicola Romeo (1876), Flaminio Bertoni (1903), Riccardo Morandi (1902), Giuseppe Colombo (1920), Enrico Forlanini (1848), Gioacchino Colombo (1903), Guenther Steiner (1965), and Aldo Costa (1961).