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William G. Morgan

1870 - 1942

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William George Morgan (January 23, 1870 – December 27, 1942) was the inventor of volleyball, originally called "Mintonette", a name derived from the game of badminton which he later agreed to change to better reflect the nature of the sport. He was born in Lockport, New York, U.S.He met James Naismith, inventor of basketball, while Morgan was studying at Springfield College in 1892. Like Naismith, Morgan pursued a career in Physical Education at the YMCA. Influenced by Naismith and basketball, in 1895, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Morgan invented "Mintonette" a less vigorous team sport more suitable for older members of the YMCA but one that still required athletic skill. Later Alfred S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William G. Morgan has received more than 456,314 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). William G. Morgan is the 48th most popular inventor (down from 35th in 2019), the 425th most popular biography from United States (down from 295th in 2019) and the 10th most popular American Inventor.

William George Morgan is most famous for being the inventor of the game of volleyball. He created the game in 1895 while working as a physical education director at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Volleyball quickly gained popularity and became an Olympic sport in 1964. Today, it is one of the most widely played sports in the world.

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Among inventors, William G. Morgan ranks 48 out of 354Before him are Igor Sikorsky, Adolphe Sax, Richard Trevithick, Charles Goodyear, Karl Drais, and John Herschel. After him are Willis Carrier, Hans Lippershey, John Boyd Dunlop, Emile Berliner, Wilhelm Maybach, and Frank Whittle.

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Among people born in 1870, William G. Morgan ranks 11Before him are Christian X of Denmark, Adolf Loos, Jean Baptiste Perrin, Jules Bordet, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, and Albert Fish. After him are Miguel Primo de Rivera, Louis II, Prince of Monaco, Lavr Kornilov, Karl Renner, Juho Kusti Paasikivi, and Ivan Bunin. Among people deceased in 1942, William G. Morgan ranks 13Before him are Anton Drexler, José Raúl Capablanca, Robert Musil, Jean Baptiste Perrin, William Henry Bragg, and Robert Bosch. After him are Walther von Reichenau, Fritz Todt, Franz Boas, Richard Willstätter, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, and Irène Némirovsky.

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Among people born in United States, William G. Morgan ranks 425 out of 18,182Before him are Harold Ramis (1944), Colin Powell (1937), Alexander Calder (1898), John Tyler (1790), Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (1959), and Albert Fish (1870). After him are Caitlyn Jenner (1949), Mike Tyson (1966), Frank Abagnale (1948), Willem Dafoe (1955), Kip Thorne (1940), and Joe Frazier (1944).

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Among inventors born in United States, William G. Morgan ranks 10Before him are Samuel Colt (1814), Steve Wozniak (1950), George Westinghouse (1846), Robert Fulton (1765), Herman Hollerith (1860), and Charles Goodyear (1800). After him are Willis Carrier (1876), Isaac Singer (1811), John Deere (1804), Douglas Engelbart (1925), John Browning (1855), and Jimmy Wales (1966).