Wernher von Braun

1912 - 1977

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Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun (23 March 1912 – 16 June 1977) was a German-American aerospace engineer and space architect. He was the leading figure in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany and a pioneer of rocket and space technology in the United States.While in his twenties and early thirties, von Braun worked in Nazi Germany's rocket development program. He helped design and co-developed the V-2 rocket at Peenemünde during World War II. Following the war, he was secretly moved to the United States, along with about 1,600 other German scientists, engineers, and technicians, as part of Operation Paperclip. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wernher von Braun has received more than 8,310,068 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Wernher von Braun is the 5th most popular engineer (down from 4th in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Poland (down from 15th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Engineer.

Wernher von Braun is most famous for his work on the V-2 rocket in Nazi Germany and his work on the Saturn V rocket in the United States.

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Among engineers, Wernher von Braun ranks 5 out of 325Before him are Gustave Eiffel, Gottlieb Daimler, Zhuge Liang, and Mikhail Kalashnikov. After him are Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Sergei Korolev, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, Anatoly Dyatlov, and Otto Lilienthal.

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Among people born in 1912, Wernher von Braun ranks 8Before him are Kim Il-sung, Pope John Paul I, Eva Braun, Jackson Pollock, Milton Friedman, and Erich Honecker. After him are Michelangelo Antonioni, John Cage, Otto von Habsburg, Heinrich Harrer, Clara Petacci, and Raoul Wallenberg. Among people deceased in 1977, Wernher von Braun ranks 5Before him are Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Presley, Maria Callas, and Vladimir Nabokov. After him are Anthony Eden, Roberto Rossellini, René Goscinny, Ludwig Erhard, Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, Jacques Prévert, and Alexey Stakhanov.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Wernher von Braun ranks 21 out of 1,231Before him are Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686), Johann Gottfried Herder (1744), Manfred von Richthofen (1892), Janusz Korczak (1878), Fritz Haber (1868), and Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902). After him are Erich Ludendorff (1865), Stanisław Lem (1921), Fedor von Bock (1880), Marie Leszczyńska (1703), Zygmunt Bauman (1925), and Maximilian Kolbe (1894).

Among ENGINEERS In Poland

Among engineers born in Poland, Wernher von Braun ranks 1After him are Hans Kammler (1901), Kurt Tank (1898), Józef Bem (1794), Adam Czerniaków (1880), Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufmann (1818), Walter Thiel (1910), Johannes Winkler (1897), and Boris Chertok (1912).