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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 227,513 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Jacques de Vaucanson is the 70th most popular inventor (up from 71st in 2019), the 793rd most popular biography from France (down from 735th 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 70 out of 354Before him are Jimmy Wales, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Josephine Cochrane, Étienne Lenoir, Les Paul, and George Eastman. After him are Oleg Antonov, Jacques Piccard, Thomas Savery, Richard Arkwright, Kōnosuke Matsushita, and Alexander Stepanovich Popov.

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Among people born in 1709, Jacques de Vaucanson ranks 5Before him are Elizabeth of Russia, Julien Offray de La Mettrie, Samuel Johnson, and Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans. After him are Wilhelmine of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Georg Wilhelm Steller, Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange, Franz Benda, Gabriel Bonnot de Mably, Andreas Sigismund Marggraf, and Franz Xaver Richter. Among people deceased in 1782, Jacques de Vaucanson ranks 6Before him are Daniel Bernoulli, Farinelli, Johann Christian Bach, Anne Bonny, and Pietro Metastasio. After him are Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquis of Pombal, Louisa Ulrika of Prussia, Taksin, Ange-Jacques Gabriel, Anna Göldi, and Sophie of France.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jacques de Vaucanson ranks 793 out of 6,011Before him are Bernart de Ventadorn (1135), Charlotte of Savoy (1441), Girard Desargues (1591), Antoine François Prévost (1697), Pierre Boulle (1912), and Lorin Maazel (1930). After him are Louise Élisabeth of France (1727), Alain-René Lesage (1668), Dagobert II (650), Edmond James de Rothschild (1845), Émile Loubet (1838), and Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725).

Among INVENTORS In France

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