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List of famous printers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top printers in the world? This includes the most prominent printers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable printers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic printers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned printers.

Items include everything from Benjamin Franklin to Orville Wright.

From reputable, prominent, and well known printers to the lesser known printers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the printer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous printers ever?" and "What are the names of famous printers?" then you're in the right place. (86 items)
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Printers
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Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American ...more

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Age: Died at 84 (1706-1790)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Statesman, Librarian, Politician, Diplomat Musician, + more

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#74 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#40 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#1 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#51 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Orville Wright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Printers
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Age: Died at 77 (1871-1948)

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Publisher, Pilot trainer, Inventor, Printer Aircraft designer

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Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinvi... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Printers
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Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville was a French printer and bookseller who lived in Paris. He invented the earliest known sound recording device, the phonautograph, which was patented in France on 25 March 1857. ...more

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Age: Died at 62 (1817-1879)

Birthplace: France

Profession: Librarian, Inventor, Printer

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Wilbur Wright is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Printers
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Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912) was the older of the two Wright brothers (the other being Orville), two Americans credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December ...more

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Age: Died at 45 (1867-1912)

Birthplace: Millville, Liberty Township, Indiana, United States of America

Profession: Publisher, Pilot trainer, Inventor, Printer Aircraft designer

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Johannes Gutenberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Printers
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Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe. His invention of mechanical movable type printing started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important event of the modern period. It ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (1398-1468)

Birthplace: Mainz, Germany

Profession: Engraver, Inventor, Printer

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#13 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#35 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Johanna Drucker is an author, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic. Her scholarly writing documents and critiques visual language: letterforms, typography, visual poetry, art, and lately, digital aesthetics. She is currently the Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor in the Department ...more

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Age: 63

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Professor, Author, Printer, Critic Artist

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Léo Ferré is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Printers
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Léo Ferré was a Monegasque French poet and composer, and a dynamic and controversial live performer, whose career in France dominated the years after the Second World War until his death. He released some forty albums over this period, composing the music and the majority of the lyrics. He released ...more

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Age: Died at 77 (1916-1993)

Birthplace: Monaco

Profession: Conductor, Singer-songwriter, Printer, Radio personality Singer, + more

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Samuel Richardson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Printers
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Samuel Richardson was an 18th-century English writer and printer. He is best known for his three epistolary novels: Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded, Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady and The History of Sir Charles Grandison. Richardson was an established printer and publisher for most of his life ...more

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Age: Died at 72 (1689-1761)

Birthplace: Mackworth, England

Profession: Publisher, Novelist, Printer, Writer

Credits: Jane Austen in Manhattan, Mistress Pamela

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