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 489,812 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot is the 54th most popular inventor (down from 44th in 2019), the 559th most popular biography from France (down from 480th in 2019) and the 8th 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 54 out of 355Before him are Wilhelm Maybach, Douglas Engelbart, Karl Drais, John Boyd Dunlop, Steve Wozniak, and Emile Berliner. After him are Henry Fox Talbot, Adam Opel, Louis Blériot, Hans Lippershey, Frank Whittle, and Josephine Cochrane.

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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, Ludovico Manin, Suzuki Harunobu, Ahilyabai Holkar, Louis Jean Marie de Bourbon, Duke of Penthièvre, Henry Benedict Stuart, and Robert Clive. Among people deceased in 1804, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot ranks 4Before him are Immanuel Kant, Joseph Priestley, and Jacques Necker. After him are Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria, Alexander Hamilton, Wolfgang von Kempelen, Pierre Méchain, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien, Princess Carolina of Parma, and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo.

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In France

Among people born in France, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot ranks 559 out of 5,234Before him are Carloman I (751), Alain Resnais (1922), Karl Brandt (1904), Luc Besson (1959), Maurice Jarre (1924), and Paul Dukas (1865). After him are Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans (1676), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760), Jules Michelet (1798), Joseph Joffre (1852), Pauline Bonaparte (1780), and René of Anjou (1409).

Among INVENTORS In France

Among inventors born in France, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot ranks 8Before him are Louis Braille (1809), Louis Daguerre (1787), Nicéphore Niépce (1765), Denis Papin (1647), Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752), and Nicolas Appert (1749). After him are Louis Blériot (1872), Louis Renault (1877), Jacques de Vaucanson (1709), Alphonse Bertillon (1853), Étienne-Jules Marey (1830), and Charles-Émile Reynaud (1844).