Jacques de Vaucanson

1709 - 1782

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Jacques de Vaucanson (French: [jak də vocɑ̃sɔ̃]; February 24, 1709 – November 21, 1782) was a French inventor and artist who built the first all-metal lathe which was very important to the Industrial Revolution. The lathe is known as the mother of machine tools, as it was the first machine tool that led to the invention of other machine tools. He was responsible for the creation of impressive and innovative automata. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques de Vaucanson has received more than 212,613 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Jacques de Vaucanson is the 71st most popular inventor (up from 73rd in 2019), the 736th most popular biography from France (up from 795th in 2019) and the 11th most popular French Inventor.

Jacques de Vaucanson was most famous for inventing the first automated loom.

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Among inventors, Jacques de Vaucanson ranks 71 out of 355Before him are George Eastman, Louis Renault, John Browning, Richard Arkwright, Alexander Stepanovich Popov, and Thomas Savery. After him are Alberto Santos-Dumont, Wolfgang von Kempelen, Jacques Piccard, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, Alois Senefelder, and Edmund Cartwright.

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Among people born in 1709, Jacques de Vaucanson ranks 4Before him are Elizabeth of Russia, Julien Offray de La Mettrie, and Samuel Johnson. After him are Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange, Wilhelmine of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Franz Benda, Georg Wilhelm Steller, Gabriel Bonnot de Mably, Étienne de Silhouette, and Andreas Sigismund Marggraf. Among people deceased in 1782, Jacques de Vaucanson ranks 5Before him are Daniel Bernoulli, Farinelli, Johann Christian Bach, and Anne Bonny. After him are Pietro Metastasio, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquis of Pombal, Louisa Ulrika of Prussia, Taksin, Sophie of France, Ange-Jacques Gabriel, and Anna Göldi.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jacques de Vaucanson ranks 736 out of 5,234Before him are Nicolas Fouquet (1615), Maurice Gamelin (1872), Claude Lelouch (1937), Raoul Dufy (1877), Célestin Freinet (1896), and Bernart de Ventadorn (1135). After him are Jean Giraud (1938), Hugh the Great (898), Jean-Baptiste Kléber (1753), Annie Girardot (1931), Sophie of France (1786), and Dom Pérignon (1639).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Jacques de Vaucanson ranks 11Before him are Denis Papin (1647), Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752), Nicolas Appert (1749), Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725), Louis Blériot (1872), and Louis Renault (1877). After him are Alphonse Bertillon (1853), Étienne-Jules Marey (1830), Charles-Émile Reynaud (1844), Claude Chappe (1763), André-Jacques Garnerin (1769), and Clément Ader (1841).