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Wolfgang von Kempelen

1734 - 1804

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Johann Wolfgang Ritter von Kempelen de Pázmánd (Hungarian: Kempelen Farkas; 23 January 1734 – 26 March 1804) was a Hungarian author and inventor, known for his chess-playing "automaton" hoax The Turk and for his speaking machine. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wolfgang von Kempelen has received more than 147,375 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia. Wolfgang von Kempelen is the 96th most popular inventor (down from 73rd in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Slovakia (up from 71st in 2019) and the most popular Slovak Inventor.

Wolfgang von Kempelen was a Hungarian nobleman and inventor. He is most famous for his chess playing automaton, the Mechanical Turk.

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Among inventors, Wolfgang von Kempelen ranks 96 out of 354Before him are Daniel Swarovski, Abraham-Louis Breguet, Étienne-Jules Marey, Elisha Otis, Leo Fender, and Johann Maria Farina. After him are Bob Kahn, Charles-Émile Reynaud, Edmund Cartwright, Léon Theremin, Henri Coandă, and Robert Noyce.

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Among people born in 1734, Wolfgang von Kempelen ranks 7Before him are Franz Mesmer, Maria I of Portugal, Grigory Orlov, Cardinal de Rohan, Taksin, and François-Joseph Gossec. After him are Anna Göldi, Sophie of France, Charles Alexandre de Calonne, Joseph Wright of Derby, Shahrokh Shah, and Nicolas-Edme Rétif. Among people deceased in 1804, Wolfgang von Kempelen ranks 8Before him are Joseph Priestley, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Jacques Necker, Alexander Hamilton, Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria, and Pierre Méchain. After him are Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien, Princess Carolina of Parma, Jean-Charles Pichegru, Jazzar Pasha, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, and Johann Friedrich Gmelin.

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In Slovakia

Among people born in Slovakia, Wolfgang von Kempelen ranks 24 out of 357Before him are Ivan Gašparovič (1941), Jozef Gabčík (1912), Pavel Jozef Šafárik (1795), Edita Gruberová (1946), Vladimír Mečiar (1942), and Ármin Vámbéry (1832). After him are Ivan Reitman (1946), Tibor Sekelj (1912), Ernst von Dohnányi (1877), Ľudovít Štúr (1815), Pribina (800), and Zuzana Čaputová (1973).

Among INVENTORS In Slovakia

Among inventors born in Slovakia, Wolfgang von Kempelen ranks 1After him are Slavoljub Eduard Penkala (1871), Aurel Stodola (1859), and Jozef Murgaš (1864).