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 133,303 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Wolfgang von Kempelen is the 73rd most popular inventor (up from 88th in 2019), the 71st most popular biography from Hungary (down from 21st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Hungarian 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 73 out of 355Before him are John Browning, Richard Arkwright, Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Thomas Savery, Jacques de Vaucanson, and Alberto Santos-Dumont. After him are Jacques Piccard, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, Alois Senefelder, Edmund Cartwright, Henry Bessemer, and John Harrison.

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Among people born in 1734, Wolfgang von Kempelen ranks 3Before him are Franz Mesmer and Maria I of Portugal. After him are Taksin, François-Joseph Gossec, Grigory Orlov, Joseph Wright of Derby, Sophie of France, Cardinal de Rohan, Anna Göldi, Nicolas-Edme Rétif, and Charles Alexandre de Calonne. Among people deceased in 1804, Wolfgang von Kempelen ranks 7Before him are Immanuel Kant, Joseph Priestley, Jacques Necker, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria, and Alexander Hamilton. After him are Pierre Méchain, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien, Princess Carolina of Parma, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, and Jean-Charles Pichegru.

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In Hungary

Among people born in Hungary, Wolfgang von Kempelen ranks 71 out of 696Before him are Béla II of Hungary (1108), Andrew I of Hungary (1010), Stephen III of Hungary (1147), Marie Henriette of Austria (1836), Solomon, King of Hungary (1053), and Sándor Ferenczi (1873). After him are Elizabeth of Bosnia (1340), Ferenc Molnár (1878), Stephen II of Hungary (1101), Ladislaus III of Hungary (1199), Ladislaus II of Hungary (1131), and Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917).

Among INVENTORS In Hungary

Among inventors born in Hungary, Wolfgang von Kempelen ranks 3Before him are Ernő Rubik (1944) and László Bíró (1899). After him are David Schwarz (1850), Ottó Bláthy (1860), Tivadar Puskás (1844), Paul von Jankó (1856), and Kálmán Kandó (1869).