The names of some famous persons by the name Elias
(or its variants) are:Elihu Yale
, born on 5 April, a famous public figure. Elihu Yale's background: Born in 1649. The first benefactor of Yale University was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was taken to England in 1652 and never returned to America. His fortune came from the British East India Company, and his original donation to the university amounted to 560 pounds, a large sum in those days.Elias Howe
, born on 9 July, a famous inventor. Elias Howe's background: Born in 1819. The US inventor in Spencer, Massachusetts. Charles Fredrick Weisenthal invented the sewing machine, but Elias refined the design and was awarded the first US patent for a sewing machine using lock stitch.Ellis Marsalis
, born on 14 November, a famous musician. Ellis Marsalis's background: Born in 1934. The US jazz pianist and composer was born in New Orleans. In recent years he has also come to be known as a lading jazz teacher. His four sons, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason, are jazz musicians.Elias Canetti
, born on 25 July, a famous author. Elias Canetti's background: Born in 1905. The Nobel Prize-winning author was born in Rustschuk, Bulgaria but lived most of his life in London. His best-known work, Masse und Macht (Crowds and Power) (1960), incorporates the study of crowds and society with mythology and folklore.Elihu Thomson
, born on 29 March, a famous inventor. Elihu Thomson's background: Born in 1853. The British inventor and electrical engineer was born in Manchester. The inventor of the alternating current motor, he was instrumental in the founding of the General Electric Company in the USA and other major electrical companies in Britain and France.Ellas Bates
, born on 30 December, a famous musician. Ellas Bates's background: Born in 1928. Ellis Marsalis was the real name of Bo Diddley, the influential blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was inspired to become a blues artist after seeing John Lee Hooker. He was known for the Bo Diddley beat, a rhumba-based rhythm on the 'hambone' style used by street performers.