Hiram was born in Sangerville, Maine back in 1840. He was a coachbuilder by the time he turned 14 and worked at that profession for 10 years. He moved to Fitchburg, Massachusetts where he worked at a machine shop and later as an instrument-maker.
His brother was named Hudson (hint-hint) which became a strained relationship because of a patent dispute between the two brothers. Hiram followed in his father’s footsteps becoming a mechanical engineer. He founded the American radio Relay League. He designed several things which of course is the rest of the story.
In 1881 he arrived in England to reorganize the London offices of the US Electric Lighting Company. He was awarded the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and a member of the London Chamber of Commerce, a member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the British Empire League and of the Royal Society of Arts. He died in 1916. Now you may be asking yourself who the heck is Hiram. Well does the name Hiram Maxim ring a bell? If not that’s okay for here are some of his inventions: a pocket menthol inhaler, a curling iron for demagnetizing watches, magno-electric machine to help prevent ships rolling, eyelet and riveting machines, aircraft artillery among the few. However, he is most noted for being the inventor of the Maxim Gun, the first portable fully automatic machine gun. He held several patents on devices such as a mousetrap, hair-curling irons and steam pumps. Have a great week, got to go, until tomorrow stay safe