Gustave Trouve was born in La Haye Descartes, France back in 1839. In 1850, you could find him studying to be a locksmith however due to poor health he moved to Paris where he found work as a clockmaker. While there he invented a carbon-zinc pocket-sized battery to power his automata (a device made in imitation of a human being).
In 1872, he developed a portable military telegraph. In 1874. he developed what you could now call a prototype for the modern day metal detector. It was used to located bullets for extraction in human patients. In 1874, he improved the sound intensity of Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone system by incorporating a double membrane.
In 1880, he took a small electric motor attached it to a tricycle thus inventing the world’s first electric vehicle. He died in 1902, at the age of 63 in Paris.
What you may not know about Gustave is that he invented over 73 different inventions dealing with electrical engineering, multiple applications, transportation and medical to mention a few. You really need to look him up, it’s a fascinating read.
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