Inventors are inspirational. Johannes Gutenberg was an inventor, blacksmith, goldsmith, engraver, printer, and publisher. He is known for inventing the movable-type printing press. Books went from being handwritten by scribes to being published. Writing and learning allowed for our knowledge-based economy. The Printing Revolution spread the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Enlightenment, and scientific revolution.
Johannes Gutenberg was born Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden Gutenberg around 1398 in Mainz, Germany. While many details of his life are unknown, it is believed that his father worked with the ecclesiastic mint and Johannes as the youngest son in the family grew up knowing the trade of a goldsmith. It is believed that his family moved to Strasbourg and he studied at the University of Erfurt. He may have been in the Strasbourg militia. Another mention of Johannes is in the inheritance proceedings following his father’s death in 1419.
In 1440, Johannes Gutenberg unveiled his work on printing in Kunst and Aventur. By 1850, the press was in operation and a German poem may have been the first work printed there. Gutenberg’s accomplishments include the invention of a process for mass-producing movable type, using oil-based ink for books, adjustable molds, mechanical movable type, and using a wooden printing press. His printed books were economically viable for printers and readers. Gutenberg’s printing technology spread. The Gutenberg Bible, a 42-line Bible, was completed in 1452. Copies of his Bible were sold in 1455. In 1465, he was named Hofmann, gentleman of the court, by the archbishop Adolph von Nassau. Gutenberg died in 1468.
Today, there are many statues of Gutenberg in Germany. He has been honored in many ways all over the world and is seen as an influential person. He has been ranked number one and his invention is ranked number one. The spread of learning to the masses and the pleasure of reading can be attributed to Johannes Gutenberg. Be inspired! Have a bright day!