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Johannes Gutenberg

Printer
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Net worth 2018: $700,000
Residence: Mainz
Country: German
Died On: February 3, 1468
Education: University of Erfurt
BIOGRAPHY

Johannes Gutenberg was born in Mainz, German, is Printer. If not for Johannes Gutenberg, the world might not have had access to mass printed books and for that particular reason it is not a surprise that the German is regarded as one of the most important contributors in the history of the world. Gutenberg’s invention of printing is without doubt one of the biggest in history simply because of the fact that it allowed people to share the knowledge that had been at the hands of a select few for hundreds of years. Johannes Gutenberg was a visionary of rare quality but other than the fact that he invented movable type printing, he also laid the foundation for printing the Bible which was certainly one of his biggest achievements. However, by the same coin it is also quite necessary to keep in mind that he Johannes Gutenberg was a man of many gifts and initially worked as a blacksmith before graduating on to becoming a goldsmith. Other than inventing modern printing technology at the time he was also the one who invented the type of ink that would make printing feasible and make sure that the books would be readable for a long time. The printing technique that he introduced was far more advanced that the ones perfected by the ancient Chinese. Read on to know more about the life and works of this pioneering inventor.

TIMELINE
1468

Johannes Gutenberg died at the age of 70 on 3 February, 1468

1456

In 1456, Gutenberg’s main financial backer Johann Fust sued him for misappropriation of funds and in an unfortunate turn of events, Gutenberg lost the court battle

1455

It was in the year 1455 that Gutenberg printed his first copy of the Bible, which later came to be known as Gutenberg’s Bible

1452

Gutenberg opened up his workshop in the year 1452 and it was in that workshop that he first decided to print the Bible, which he was sure would be a profitable venture

1450

In the year 1450, Gutenberg had successfully opened up his printing press and it is said the very first item that was printed in order to test the effectiveness of the press was a poem in German, the precise name of which is unknown

1444

A significant portion of his life is not on record during the period between 1444 and 1448

1440

It was in the year 1440, while he was in Strasbourg that Gutenberg first introduced the then revolutionary concept of printing to his partners

1438

While still only a goldsmith, Johannes continued to work on his secret, believed to be printing technology and managed to get some investment from three men in Strasbourg and it is often said that his decision to later on sign a contract with them in 1438 was a masterstroke

1428

The family of Johannes Gutenberg had to leave Mainz some time in 1428 due to a raging power struggle between the politicians and the guilds in the city

1418

There is very little record about the early life of Johannes Gutenberg but some historians speculate that he studied at the ‘University of Erfurt’ at some point in 1418

1398

Johannes Gutenberg was probably born in 1398 in the German city Mainz to Friele Gensfleisch zur Laden and Elyse Wyrich

20

Johannes Gutenberg’s most important work remains the invention of the movable type printing that he invented and it became the basis of further printing devices and styles, till the 20th century

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