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Wolfgang de Kempelen

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of Hungary

1784. British patent no 1476 for an engine. This was a simple reaction turbine with two radial arms rotating on a spindle emerging from the top of a boiler.[1]

1769 The Chess Automaton was the invention of Wolfgang de Kempelen, a native of Hungary, Aulic councillor to the royal chamber of the domains of the Emperor of Germany, and celebrated for his skill in mechanics.

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Sources of Information

  1. 'The Steam Turbine' by Robert M. Neilson, Longmans, Green & Co, 1903