Imagine life without French inventions and discoveries – you wouldn’t have mayonnaise in your sandwiches, no champagne for celebrations, no bicycle for that pollution-free ride, no aqualung for that intriguing underwater experience, no batteries for your electronic gadgets, no hot air ballooning for your holidays, no life-saver parachutes for that untimed mishaps or even adrenaline-rushing skydiving, no sewing machine for those designer outfits and no pencil and no pencil sharpener for those childhood learning. Almost intolerable, isn’t it? That is the kind of influence French inventors and discoverers have casted on the world through their inventions and discoveries. And if you think that the aforementioned are the only inventions made by French inventors, you definitely have been living under the rock all these years, for France has been the heart of major inventions of the world. Be it in the field of art and entertainment or science and technology, transportation and clothing or food and cooking and even weapons, communications, computers and sports, French discoverers and inventors have made their worth count in all. Through their research and findings, they have enriched our lives and helped us make advancements and developments to the society. With this segment, find out in details about the life and inventions of some of the most talented French inventors and discoverers.
Blaise PascalBlaise Pascal
19 June 1623
French Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Writer
Louis BrailleLouis Braille
04 January 1809
Inventor of Braille

Rudolf DieselRudolf Diesel
18 March 1858
Inventor of Diesel Engine

Nicéphore NiépceNicéphore Niépce
07 March 1765
Creator of World's First Permanent Photographic

Louis DaguerreLouis Daguerre
18 November 1787

Joseph Louis Gay-LussacJoseph Louis Gay-Lussac
06 December 1778
Chemist and Physicist
Augustin-Jean FresnelAugustin-Jean Fresnel
10 May 1788

René LaennecRené Laennec
17 February 1781
Inventor of Stethoscope

Louis LumièreLouis Lumière
05 October 1864
Inventor of Cinematograph

Auguste LumièreAuguste Lumière
19 October 1862
Inventor of cinematograph
Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
28 August 1841
Inventor, Film director, Cinematographer

Joseph-Ignace GuillotinJoseph-Ignace Guillotin
28 May 1738
Physician, Politician, Inventor
Nicolas-Joseph CugnotNicolas-Joseph Cugnot
26 February 1725
combat engineer

Claude ChappeClaude Chappe
25 December 1763

Jacques CharlesJacques Charles
12 November 1746
Physicist, Chemist, Inventor, Balloonist,
Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
01 July 1872
Aviator, Engineer, Inventor, Aerospace engineer

Joseph Marie JacquardJoseph Marie Jacquard
07 July 1752
Inventor, Weaver, Merchant
Jean Eugène Robert-HoudinJean Eugène Robert-Houdin
07 December 1805

Marcel DassaultMarcel Dassault
22 January 1892
Politician, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Aerospace

Pierre Choderlos de LaclosPierre Choderlos de Laclos
18 October 1741
Writer, Inventor, Novelist, Officer
Jacques de VaucansonJacques de Vaucanson
24 February 1709
Inventor, Engineer

Nicolas AppertNicolas Appert
17 November 1749
confectioner, inventor
Alexandre de RhodesAlexandre de Rhodes
15 March 1591
Lexicographer, Linguist, Writer, Missionary

Octave ChanuteOctave Chanute
18 February 1832
Civil engineer

Guillaume AmontonsGuillaume Amontons
31 August 1663

Jean-Pierre BlanchardJean-Pierre Blanchard
04 July 1753
Inventor, Balloonist
Georges ClaudeGeorges Claude
24 September 1870
Chemist, Physicist, Engineer, Inventor
André-Jacques GarnerinAndré-Jacques Garnerin
31 January 1769
Inventor, Balloonist

Charles-Émile ReynaudCharles-Émile Reynaud
08 December 1844
Draughtsperson, Photographer, Film director,

Édouard-Léon Scott de MartinvilleÉdouard-Léon Scott de Martinville
25 April 1817

Étienne LenoirÉtienne Lenoir
12 January 1822
Inventor, Engineer