Monday, 14 November 2016

Georges Claude, 1870–1960 (French engineer and inventor)

* Georges Claude is noted as the inventor of neon lighting, and for his early work on the industrial liquefaction of air, and for a large experiment on generating energy by pumping cold seawater up from the depths. He has been considered by some to be "the Edison of France". Claude was an active collaborator with the German occupiers of France during the Second World War, for which he was imprisoned in 1945 and stripped of his honours. He died on 21 May 1960, aged 89, in Saint-Cloud, France.

BIRTH DATA: Georges Marie Auguste Claude, 24 September 1870, 04:00 (4 AM) LMT (-0:09:20), Paris, France (48n52, 2e20). ASC: 10 Virgo. RR: AA. SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate n°3988 from the online Paris municipal archives (11 arr., image 11/31): "quatre heures du matin." Death data in margin. English Wikipedia incorrectly has 23 May 1960 as date of death.

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