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List of famous French inventors, listed loosely by relevance with photos when available. These are some of the greatest French inventors that have helped make our lives easier by inventing things we use in our everyday lives. The inventions invented by each historic French inventor are displayed next to the inventors name when available. These brilliant inventors from France can also be sorted by various bits of information, such as what year and where the inventor was born.

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Hércules Florence is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Hércules Florence Died at 75 (1804-1879)

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Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Died at 79 (1725-1804)

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Rudolf Diesel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Rudolf Diesel Died at 55 (1858-1913)

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Henri-Gustave Delvigne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Henri-Gustave Delvigne Died at 76 (1800-1876)

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Barthélemy Thimonnier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Barthélemy Thimonnier Died at 64 (1793-1857)

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John Theophilus Desaguliers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous French Inventors List
John Theophilus Desaguliers Died at 61 (1683-1744)

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Joseph Marie Jacquard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Joseph Marie Jacquard Died at 82 (1752-1834)

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Joseph Monier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Joseph Monier Died at 83 (1823-1906)

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Pierre Lallement is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Pierre Lallement Died at 48 (1843-1891)

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Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinvi... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville Died at 62 (1817-1879)

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Louis Blériot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Louis Blériot Died at 64 (1872-1936)

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Louis Braille is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Louis Braille Died at 43 (1809-1852)

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René Antoine Ferchault de Réau... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous French Inventors List
René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur Died at 74 (1683-1757)

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Jacques-Yves Cousteau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Jacques-Yves Cousteau Died at 87 (1910-1997)

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Louis Vicat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Louis Vicat Died at 75 (1786-1861)

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Alfred Binet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Alfred Binet Died at 54 (1857-1911)

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Jean-Marie Hullot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous French Inventors List

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William Fox Talbot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous French Inventors List
William Fox Talbot Died at 77 (1800-1877)

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François Hennebique is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous French Inventors List
François Hennebique Died at 79 (1842-1921)

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Gaston Planté is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Gaston Planté Died at 55 (1834-1889)

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Charles-Émile Reynaud is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Charles-Émile Reynaud Died at 74 (1844-1918)

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Bernard Lyot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Bernard Lyot Died at 55 (1897-1952)

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Joseph-Ignace Guillotin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Joseph-Ignace Guillotin Died at 76 (1738-1814)

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Nicolas Appert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Nicolas Appert Died at 92 (1749-1841)

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René Dagron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous French Inventors List
René Dagron Died at 81 (1819-1900)

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Charles Cros is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Charles Cros Died at 46 (1842-1888)

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Henri Dupuy de Lôme is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Henri Dupuy de Lôme Died at 69 (1816-1885)

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Claude Chappe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Claude Chappe Died at 42 (1763-1805)

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Philippe Kahn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Philippe Kahn age 65

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Claude Cohen-Tannoudji is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous French Inventors List

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Jules Allix is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Jules Allix Died at 79 (1818-1897)

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Denis Papin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Denis Papin Died at 65 (1647-1712)

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Jules Carpentier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Jules Carpentier Died at 70 (1851-1921)

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Nicolas Grollier de Servière is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Nicolas Grollier de Servière Died at 93 (1596-1689)

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Henri de France is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Henri de France Died at 75 (1911-1986)

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Léon Gaumont is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Léon Gaumont Died at 82 (1864-1946)

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Jean-Baptiste Réveillon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Jean-Baptiste Réveillon Died at 86 (1725-1811)

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Henri Giffard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Henri Giffard Died at 57 (1825-1882)

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Louis-Sébastien Lenormand is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Louis-Sébastien Lenormand Died at 80 (1757-1837)

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Claude-Étienne Minié is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Claude-Étienne Minié Died at 75 (1804-1879)

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Alexandre de Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Alexandre de Rhodes Died at 69 (1591-1660)

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Jacques de Vaucanson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Jacques de Vaucanson Died at 73 (1709-1782)

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William Kennedy Dickson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous French Inventors List
William Kennedy Dickson Died at 75 (1860-1935)

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Alphonse Pénaud is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Alphonse Pénaud Died at 30 (1850-1880)

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Félix du Temple de la Croix is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Félix du Temple de la Croix Died at 67 (1823-1890)

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Jean-Henri Pape is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Jean-Henri Pape Died at 88 (1787-1875)

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Marc Seguin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Marc Seguin Died at 89 (1786-1875)

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André-Jacques Garnerin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous French Inventors List
André-Jacques Garnerin Died at 54 (1769-1823)

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Jean-Marie Le Bris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Jean-Marie Le Bris Died at 55 (1817-1872)

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Vladimir Baranov-Rossine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous French Inventors List
Vladimir Baranov-Rossine Died at 56 (1888-1944)