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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 a member of the Nazi Party and Allgemeine SS, as well as the leading figure in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany and a pioneer of rocket and space technology in the United States.As a young man, 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 9,225,819 page views. His biography is available in 80 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Wernher von Braun is the 3rd most popular engineer (up from 5th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Poland (up from 21st in 2019) and the most popular 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

Among engineers, Wernher von Braun ranks 3 out of 323Before him are Gustave Eiffel and Mikhail Kalashnikov. After him are Gottlieb Daimler, Zhuge Liang, Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Sergei Korolev, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, André Citroën, and Anatoly Dyatlov.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1912, Wernher von Braun ranks 6Before him are Alan Turing, Kim Il-sung, Pope John Paul I, Eva Braun, and Milton Friedman. After him are Jackson Pollock, Erich Honecker, Otto von Habsburg, Michelangelo Antonioni, Heinrich Harrer, and John Cage. 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, Ludwig Erhard, Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, Jacques Prévert, René Goscinny, and Aleksandr Vasilevsky.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Wernher von Braun ranks 14 out of 1,454Before him are Lech Wałęsa (1943), Paul von Hindenburg (1847), David Ben-Gurion (1886), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), Fritz Haber (1868), and Günter Grass (1927). After him are Johann Gottfried Herder (1744), Manfred von Richthofen (1892), Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686), Janusz Korczak (1878), Stanisław Lem (1921), and Fedor von Bock (1880).

Among ENGINEERS In Poland

Among engineers born in Poland, Wernher von Braun ranks 1After him are Kurt Tank (1898), Hans Kammler (1901), Adam Czerniaków (1880), Józef Bem (1794), Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufmann (1818), Henryk Dembiński (1791), Walter Thiel (1910), Johannes Winkler (1897), and Boris Chertok (1912).