Famous Belgian Inventors & Discoverers

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Adolphe Sax
(Inventor of Saxophone)
Adolphe Sax
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Birthdate: November 6, 1814
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dinant
Died: February 7, 1894

The inventor of the saxophone, Belgian musician Adolphe Sax, was born to instrument-maker parents who had themselves re-designed the French horn. As a child, he was known as "the ghost" for his frequent brushes with death. He made many other instruments, which were included in the French army bands.

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Leo Baekeland
(Chemist & Inventor)
Leo Baekeland
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Birthdate: November 14, 1863
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Died: February 23, 1944

Industrial chemist Leo Baekeland is remembered as The Father of the Plastics Industry for creating Bakelite, the first synthetic plastic of the world, thus marking the beginning of the Polymer Age. His many inventions include Velox, a special photographic paper, the rights of which he sold to George Eastman.

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Étienne Lenoir
(Inventor, Engineer)
Étienne Lenoir
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Birthdate: January 12, 1822
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Luxembourg
Died: August 4, 1900

Étienne Lenoir was a Belgian-French engineer. He is credited with developing the internal combustion engine which was commercialized in sufficient quantities. Lenoir is also credited with inventing such electrical devices as an improved electric telegraph which played a key role during the Franco-Prussian War. 

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Paul Otlet
(Writer, Lawyer, Librarian, Scientist, Inventor, Bibliographer)
Paul Otlet
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Birthdate: August 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brussels
Died: December 10, 1944
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Zénobe Gramme
(Electrical Engineer)
Zénobe Gramme
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Birthdate: April 4, 1826
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amay, Belgium
Died: January 20, 1901
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Charles Joseph Van Depoele
(Electrical Engineer)
Charles Joseph Van Depoele
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Birthdate: April 27, 1846
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lichtervelde, Belgium
Died: March 18, 1892
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Hans Ruckers, the Elder
(Instrument maker)
Hans Ruckers, the Elder
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Birthdate: 1555 AD
Birthplace: Mechelen, Belgium
Died: 1623 AD
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