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Francois Bourdon

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François Prudent Bourdon (29 July 1797-19 April 1865) was an important French engineer and inventor.

Born at Seurre, France, 29th July 1797.

c.1827 Employed at the Le Creusot works of Aaron Manby and Charles Wilson. After 7 years he left, but returned in 1837 at the request of the new owners, the Schneider Brothers. [1]As their Engineer, he was responsible for the design of the first large direct-acting steam hammer in 1841.

Bourdon had worked briefly for Fawcett, Preston and Co in Liverpool c.1836.[2]

Died 25th November 1865.

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See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'James Nasmyth and the Bridgewater Foundry' by J A Cantrell, 1984. ISBN 0 7190 1339 9
  2. [1] 'The Industrial Revolution in Iron: The Impact of British Coal Technology in Nineteenth-Century Europe' by Chris Evans & Goran Ryden, Routledge, 2017