Willis Carrier

1876 - 1950

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Willis Haviland Carrier (November 26, 1876 – October 7, 1950) was an American engineer, best known for inventing modern air conditioning. Carrier invented the first electrical air conditioning unit in 1902. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Willis Carrier has received more than 1,272,451 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Willis Carrier is the 47th most popular inventor (up from 51st in 2019), the 394th most popular biography from United States (up from 464th in 2019) and the 12th most popular American Inventor.

Willis Carrier is most famous for inventing the modern air conditioner.

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Among inventors, Willis Carrier ranks 47 out of 355Before him are Abbas ibn Firnas, Isaac Singer, László Bíró, Elon Musk, Richard Trevithick, and Charles Goodyear. After him are Wilhelm Maybach, Douglas Engelbart, Karl Drais, John Boyd Dunlop, Steve Wozniak, and Emile Berliner.

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Among people born in 1876, Willis Carrier ranks 14Before him are Wilhelm Pieck, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Pablo Casals, Zewditu, Alexander I of Serbia, and 13th Dalai Lama. After him are Maurice de Vlaminck, Manuel de Falla, Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium, Róbert Bárány, Adolf Windaus, and Hermann Müller. Among people deceased in 1950, Willis Carrier ranks 7Before him are George Orwell, George Bernard Shaw, Joseph Schumpeter, Gustaf V of Sweden, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Heinrich Mann. After him are Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Johannes V. Jensen, Marcel Mauss, Vallabhbhai Patel, and Émile Jaques-Dalcroze.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Willis Carrier ranks 394 out of 15,968Before him are Kathy Bates (1948), Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804), George Clooney (1961), James Buchanan (1791), Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), and Charles Goodyear (1800). After him are Alexander Calder (1898), Paulette Goddard (1910), Joseph Stiglitz (1943), Boris Johnson (1964), Michael Clarke Duncan (1957), and Jeff Bridges (1949).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Willis Carrier ranks 12Before him are Robert Fulton (1765), Jimmy Wales (1966), William G. Morgan (1870), Herman Hollerith (1860), Isaac Singer (1811), and Charles Goodyear (1800). After him are Douglas Engelbart (1925), Steve Wozniak (1950), Josephine Cochrane (1839), Les Paul (1915), John Deere (1804), and George Eastman (1854).