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.A.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 327,406 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). William G. Morgan is the 35th most popular inventor (up from 43rd in 2019), the 295th most popular biography from United States (up from 394th in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Inventor.

William G. Morgan is most famous for inventing the game of basketball in 1891.

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Among inventors, William G. Morgan ranks 35 out of 355Before him are Robert Fulton, Adolphe Sax, Joseph Marie Jacquard, Nicolas Appert, Jimmy Wales, and Konrad Zuse. After him are John Herschel, Ernő Rubik, Herman Hollerith, Igor Sikorsky, Ismail al-Jazari, and Abbas ibn Firnas.

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Among people born in 1870, William G. Morgan ranks 7Before him are Vladimir Lenin, Maria Montessori, Alfred Adler, Christian X of Denmark, Franz Lehár, and Adolf Loos. After him are Jean Baptiste Perrin, Albert Fish, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Jules Bordet, Miguel Primo de Rivera, and Lavr Kornilov. Among people deceased in 1942, William G. Morgan ranks 9Before him are Janusz Korczak, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Bronisław Malinowski, Edith Stein, Robert Musil, and José Raúl Capablanca. After him are Anton Drexler, Jean Baptiste Perrin, Robert Bosch, Franz Boas, William Henry Bragg, and Walther von Reichenau.

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Among people born in United States, William G. Morgan ranks 295 out of 15,968Before him are Christopher Walken (1943), Paul Samuelson (1915), George Herbert Mead (1863), Audie Murphy (1925), William Henry Harrison (1773), and Ed Gein (1906). After him are John Ford (1894), John R. Bolton (1948), Liza Minnelli (1946), Cameron Diaz (1972), Truman Capote (1924), and Robert Peary (1856).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, William G. Morgan ranks 8Before him are Henry Ford (1863), Samuel Morse (1791), Samuel Colt (1814), George Westinghouse (1846), Robert Fulton (1765), and Jimmy Wales (1966). After him are Herman Hollerith (1860), Isaac Singer (1811), Charles Goodyear (1800), Willis Carrier (1876), Douglas Engelbart (1925), and Steve Wozniak (1950).