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Gustave Trouvé

French Electrical Genius (1839-1902)

Kevin Desmond (author) John Devitt (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9780786497096

Publication Date: Jul 2015

Format: Paperback

In the latter half of the 19th century Gustave Pierre Trouvé, a modest but brilliant Parisian electrical engineer, conceived and patented some 75 inventions, including the endoscope, the electric car and the frontal headlamp. This first-ever biography of Trouvé details the fascinating life of the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor once dubbed "the French Edison".
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In the latter half of the 19th century Gustave Pierre Trouvé, a modest but brilliant Parisian electrical engineer, conceived and patented some 75 inventions, including the endoscope, the electric car and the frontal headlamp. He also designed an electric boat - complete with outboard motor, headlight and horn - an electric rifle, an electric piano and a luminous fountain, and developed wearable technology and ultraviolet light (PUVA) therapy.

Unlike his famous contemporary Nikola Tesla, who worked for Thomas Edison and was patronised by George Westinghouse, Trouvé never came to America. A confirmed bachelor disinterested in industrialisation, he was a gradually forgotten following his accidental death in 1902. This first-ever biography of Trouvé details the fascinating life of the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor once dubbed "the French Edison."

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This brilliant book lists every invention chronologically and is amply supported by original design drawings. Trouvé est retrouvé!" - Classic Boat, October 2015
Illustrations 89 photographs
Pages 228
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2015
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s European history  
Kevin Desmond is a freelance technology historian and biographer based near Bordeaux, Southern France. Since 1976, his twenty-five published books and 300 articles have illuminated the men and women innovators, often forgotten, behind the progress of transport and related subjects.

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