Francis Isaac

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Francois Isaac was born in Paris France back in 1752. History has lost what schools he attended but, he became a master of Latin, mathematics and geometry. Throughout his life he worked as a surveyor and notary for the state of Valais.

He also served in the Army, after retiring he moved to Switzerland where he began his work on a project that would place him in the history books. For you see Francois Isaac de Rivaz was also an inventor. He invented a hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine with electric ignition which he received a French patent for in 1807. He fitted it into a primitive working vehicle, thus “the world’s first internal combustion powered automobile”. Now you know the rest of the story. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, James Dray another inventor who paved the way for the latest and greatest of engines that are available today...

Feb 08, 2018 03:46 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. And, all along Karl Benz is getting credit for the first internal combustion engine automobile. Francis did it! Enjoy your day!

Feb 08, 2018 04:15 AM #2
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Another factoid from our history that I learned today. Inventors are a special breed!

Feb 08, 2018 04:30 AM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Quite an accomplishment for this gentleman !

Feb 08, 2018 04:57 AM #4
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The Ford of his day. I wasn't aware of him so thanks.

Feb 08, 2018 05:02 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - that is a really interesting piece of science.  I wonder why it didn't catch on.

Feb 08, 2018 05:29 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, so that is where that came from, I love that I learn about interesting people on a daily basis by following your blog!

Feb 08, 2018 05:30 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Goodf morning again James. This is a great story. Wishing you and Susan a wonderful anniversary in the sun. Enjoy.

Feb 08, 2018 06:34 AM #8
Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2926 Ave J Brooklyn NY 11210 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

One can always learn something new here on Activerain  - thanks for introducitng us the Francis Isaac and his invention.

Feb 08, 2018 07:25 AM #9
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I'm amazed and stunned by this story, James... never had any idea the internal combustion engine went that far back in history. Meantime, trust you are having a great time in Florida.

Feb 08, 2018 09:00 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great invention that was!  I hope you are enjoying your Florida sunshine.  A

Feb 08, 2018 09:36 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - Wow ...way back in 1807. have a great time in Fort Meyers. 

Feb 08, 2018 04:02 PM #12
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

If only his invention had been commercialized closer to his time. But the fact that he came up with it so long ago is impressive. Thanks for sharing. 

Feb 08, 2018 06:39 PM #13
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  I always enjoy your history lessons.  It is amazing the inventions that have happened so long ago, and yet have such a lasting impact on us today.

Feb 08, 2018 10:26 PM #14
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