German blacksmith who invented the first printing press with moveable type, which started the Printing Revolution of the 15th and 16th century. His invention helped increase literacy in Europe and give the middle class a boost.
He had to leave his home in Mainz when an uprising against the wealthy occurred.
The first book printed with his invention was the Bible, which was acclaimed for its high aesthetic and technical quality.
He was born to Friele Gensfleisch zur Laden and Else Wyrich.
Due to his innovations with print,