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Johannes Gutenberg 1398 – 1468) was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe. His mechanical printing press and techniques revolutionized printing and made a large contribution to the Reformation, the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution.
Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press with replaceable/moveable wooden or metal letters in 1436 and was completed in 1440. This method of printing can be credited not only for a revolution in the production of books, but also for fostering rapid development in the sciences, arts and religion through the transmission of texts.