Andre-Gustave was born in Paris, France back in 1878 to Levie and Masza. His father committed suicide when he was 6 due to a business failure. Educated at Ecole Polytechnique he graduated in 1900. Reading novels by Jules Verne and watching the construction of the Eiffel Tower was the inspiration for him wanting to become an engineer.
During World War I he was responsible for the mass production of armaments. He was put in charge of the Renault plant which employed 35,000 men to produce those munitions during the war. He died in 1935 from stomach cancer. Now for the rest of the story. I’m writing about Andre-Gustave Citroen. Hmm, name doesn’t ring a bell? Well he was involved in the early development into the helical gears which he improved upon in which he was so successful there was a car named after him. He is considered the Henry Ford of France. In 1919 he founded the Citroen Automobile Company becoming the fourth-largest automobile manufacturer in the world by the early 1930’s. in 1998 he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan.