Engineer, Deceased Person
1786 – 1857
Who was Frédéric Sauvage?
Sauvage was born at Boulogne-sur-Mer. In a public demonstration with a small boat on January 15, 1832 in Honfleur, he was able to show that a propeller is more efficient than the then standard paddle-wheels located on the sides of the boat. However, he was not able to interest the French Navy in his idea and when he tried to develop it commercially on his own he was not successful, went bankrupt and landed in debtor’s prison for a time. Today, the practical development of propellers is generally credited to Josef Ressel who took out patents in 1827, although Sauvage was clearly a pioneer.
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