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Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot

1725 - 1804

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Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (26 February 1725 – 2 October 1804) was a French inventor who built the world's first full-size and working self-propelled mechanical land-vehicle, the "Fardier à vapeur" – effectively the world's first automobile. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot has received more than 538,960 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot is the 38th most popular inventor (up from 54th in 2019), the 394th most popular biography from France (up from 558th in 2019) and the 7th most popular French Inventor.

Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot was a French inventor who is most famous for being the inventor of the first self-propelled vehicle.

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Among inventors, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot ranks 38 out of 354Before him are George Westinghouse, Robert Fulton, Joseph Marie Jacquard, Abbas ibn Firnas, László Bíró, and Ismail al-Jazari. After him are Konrad Zuse, Herman Hollerith, Nicolas Appert, Igor Sikorsky, Adolphe Sax, and Richard Trevithick.

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Among people born in 1725, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot ranks 3Before him are Giacomo Casanova and Abdul Hamid I. After him are Pasquale Paoli, Louis Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Robert Clive, Louis Jean Marie de Bourbon, Duke of Penthièvre, Ludovico Manin, Suzuki Harunobu, Henry Benedict Stuart, and John Newton. Among people deceased in 1804, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot ranks 3Before him are Immanuel Kant and Joseph Priestley. After him are Jacques Necker, Alexander Hamilton, Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria, Pierre Méchain, Wolfgang von Kempelen, Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien, Princess Carolina of Parma, Jean-Charles Pichegru, and Jazzar Pasha.

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In France

Among people born in France, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot ranks 394 out of 6,011Before him are Philip the Bold (1342), Robert Delaunay (1885), Louis-Nicolas Davout (1770), Ernest Renan (1823), Stephen, King of England (1095), and Claude Bernard (1813). After him are Pierre Bayle (1647), Eugène François Vidocq (1775), Paul Éluard (1895), Gaspard Monge (1746), Anouk Aimée (1932), and Allan Kardec (1804).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot ranks 7Before him are Louis Braille (1809), Rudolf Diesel (1858), Louis Daguerre (1787), Nicéphore Niépce (1765), Denis Papin (1647), and Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752). After him are Nicolas Appert (1749), Louis Blériot (1872), Louis Renault (1877), Jacques de Vaucanson (1709), André-Jacques Garnerin (1769), and Claude Chappe (1763).