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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 1,537,422 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Willis Carrier is the 49th most popular inventor (down from 47th in 2019), the 455th most popular biography from United States (down from 394th in 2019) and the 11th most popular American Inventor.

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

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Among inventors, Willis Carrier ranks 49 out of 354Before him are Adolphe Sax, Richard Trevithick, Charles Goodyear, Karl Drais, John Herschel, and William G. Morgan. After him are Hans Lippershey, John Boyd Dunlop, Emile Berliner, Wilhelm Maybach, Frank Whittle, and Isaac Singer.

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Among people born in 1876, Willis Carrier ranks 14Before him are Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Zewditu, Constantin Brâncuși, Pablo Casals, Manuel de Falla, and Alexander I of Serbia. After him are 13th Dalai Lama, Maurice de Vlaminck, Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium, Adolf Windaus, Otto Diels, and Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia. Among people deceased in 1950, Willis Carrier ranks 11Before him are Vaslav Nijinsky, Johannes V. Jensen, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Albert Lebrun, Léon Blum, and Marcel Mauss. After him are Vallabhbhai Patel, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Karl Renner, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Heinrich Mann, and Kurt Weill.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Willis Carrier ranks 455 out of 18,182Before him are John Wayne Gacy (1942), Glenn Close (1947), Pat Morita (1932), Jim Jones (1931), Rutherford B. Hayes (1822), and Sharon Stone (1958). After him are Iggy Pop (1947), Richard Bach (1936), Dennis Hopper (1936), Julianne Moore (1960), Michelle Pfeiffer (1958), and Terry Gilliam (1940).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Willis Carrier ranks 11Before him are Steve Wozniak (1950), George Westinghouse (1846), Robert Fulton (1765), Herman Hollerith (1860), Charles Goodyear (1800), and William G. Morgan (1870). After him are Isaac Singer (1811), John Deere (1804), Douglas Engelbart (1925), John Browning (1855), Jimmy Wales (1966), and Josephine Cochrane (1839).