Hiram Stevens Maxim

'I am well aware of the disagreeable effect produced on the majority of humanity, by whatever relates, even at the slightest degree to calculations or mathematical reasonings.'

February 5, 1840
November 24, 1916
Birth Place
Sangerville, Maine, United States of America
Current Place
London, England, Afghanistan


Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim was an American inventor. He invented the Maxim Gun, the first portable, fully automatic machine gun; and held patents on mechanical devices such as a mousetrap, hair-curling irons, and steam pumps. He laid claim to inventing the light bulb, and even experimented with powered flight, but his large aircraft designs were never successful. However, his 'Captive Flying Machine' amusement ride, designed as a means by which to fund his research while generating public interest in flight, was highly successful.

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