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Franz Kessler

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a portrait painter, scholar, inventor and alchemist living in the Holy Roman Empire during the 16th and 17th centuries. He wrote a number of books and pamphlets: a book on stoves, on making sundials, on using a 'sector' or 'proportional instrument' (a simple calculator), and on using 'Napier's bones' (another calculator) -- among other works. In the 1620s an...
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Mary Dixon Kies

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1752, Mar 211837
an American inventor. On May 5, 1809, her patent for a new technique of weaving straw with silk and thread to make hats was signed by President James Madison. Some sources state that she was the first American woman to receive a patent, however others state tha...
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Thomas Kingsford

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17991869
In the early 1840s he embarked on experiments to make starch from Indian corn, and after much trial and error he succeeded. He could not interest his employers or any other starch makers in his ideas. In 1846, he ended his connection with William Colgate & Co, and he and his son, Thomson, established T. Kingsford and Son at Bergen, N.J., later to be joined b...
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Petrus Jacobus Kipp

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1808, Mar 51864, Feb 3
a Dutch apothecary, chemist and instrument maker. He became known as the inventor of the Kipp apparatus, chemistry equipment for the development of gases. Between 1844 and 1850, Kipp earned extra money by translation of German chemistry books to Dutch for use at the university. In 1842, Kipp published the results of research into the presence of arsenic in ...
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Konstantin Konstantinov

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1817/191871, Jan 12
a Russian artillery officer and scientist in the fields of artillery, rocketry and instrument making. He completed his military career at the rank of Lieutenant General. Konstantinov is known to have created structurally perfect missiles (for the 19th century) with a range of 4 to 5 km, launch pads, and rocket-making machines. He authored a number of works o...
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Semen Korsakov

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1787, Jan 141853, Dec 1
a Russian government official, noted both as a homeopath and an inventor who was involved with an early version of information technology. While working in the statistics department of the Police Ministry, Korsakov became intrigued with the possibility of using machinery to "enhance natural intelligence". To this end, he devised several devices which he call...
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Ivan Kulibin

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1735, Apr 211818, Aug 11
a Russian mechanic and inventor. He was born in Nizhny Novgorod in the family of a trader. From childhood, Kulibin displayed an interest in constructing mechanical tools. Soon, clock mechanisms became a special interest of his. His realizations as well as his prolific imagination inspired the work of many. During the 1770s, he designed a wooden one-arch brid...
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John Howard Kyan

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1774, Nov 271850, Jan 5
the inventor of the 'kyanising' process for preserving wood. He was the son of John Howard Kyan of Mount Howard and Ballymurtagh, County Wicklow, and was born in Dublin on November 27, 1774. His father was the owner of valuable copper mines in Wicklow (now worked by the Wicklow Copper Mines Company) and, for some time, worked them himself. The son was educat...
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