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 during 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 192,903 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Umberto Nobile is the 14th most popular engineer (down from 13th in 2019), the 523rd most popular biography from Italy (down from 463rd in 2019) and the most popular Italian Engineer.

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Among engineers, Umberto Nobile ranks 14 out of 325Before him are Sergei Korolev, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, Anatoly Dyatlov, Otto Lilienthal, and André Citroën. After him are Alexei Kosygin, Jiro Horikoshi, Jack Kilby, Fritz Todt, Willy Messerschmitt, and John Demjanjuk.

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Among people born in 1885, Umberto Nobile ranks 18Before him are Chester W. Nimitz, Robert Delaunay, Vladimir Tatlin, André Maurois, Ernst Busch, and Karen Horney. After him are Mikhail Frunze, Princess Alice of Battenberg, D. H. Lawrence, Ernst Bloch, Sabina Spielrein, and Yakov Sverdlov. Among people deceased in 1978, Umberto Nobile ranks 13Before him are Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Jacques Brel, Aldo Moro, Giorgio de Chirico, Ramón Mercader, and Margaret Mead. After him are Anastas Mikoyan, Manne Siegbahn, John Cazale, Ricardo Zamora, Jim Jones, and Hasso von Manteuffel.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Umberto Nobile ranks 523 out of 4,088Before him are Maria Luisa of Parma (1751), Totila (500), Alphonsus Liguori (1696), Franco Nero (1941), Galeazzo Ciano (1903), and Conrad IV of Germany (1228). After him are Fausto Cercignani (1941), Pope John XI (910), Marcello Malpighi (1628), Charles Edward Stuart (1720), Camillus de Lellis (1550), and Anna Magnani (1908).

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), Aldo Costa (1961), and Gianfranco Brancatelli (1950).