Gustave Trouve

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I will look him up.  The eletric vehilcle being invented by a Frenchman seems to stick in my head.

Sep 22, 2018 04:04 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray inventing 73 of anything is a mighty feat....

Sep 22, 2018 04:36 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

It is amazing that someone can be so productive in inventing.

Sep 22, 2018 04:40 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

He would probably be amazed at Tesla cars and other electric vehicles today or maybe have a better one if he were around today.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 22, 2018 04:51 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Amazing guy, no doubt. Imagine if he lived longer. Enjoy your day.

Sep 22, 2018 05:10 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This was read. I may look him up though. TY

Sep 22, 2018 05:13 AM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

Isn't it amazing what what man can do to better the world we live in? Thank you for this tidbit of history!

Sep 22, 2018 05:52 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Gustave was a great contributor to the industry.  Love that the first metal detector was used to locate bullets in surgery.  A

Sep 22, 2018 07:00 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - He sounds like a very fascinating guy.  He has left us a great legacy. 

Sep 22, 2018 09:00 AM #9
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Wow 73 is an impressive number !

Sep 22, 2018 10:57 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- You feature all of these amazing people and it boggles the mind!!  

Sep 22, 2018 02:15 PM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That was someone with a mind that was never quiet or lazy.

Sep 23, 2018 08:30 AM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

Wow, another very impressive inventor! I love how the prototype to the metal detector was used for finding bullets!


Sep 23, 2018 12:29 PM #13
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James,
I was interested in the clockmaking part of Gustave's life.  My maiden name is Klock.  When my Dad returned from WWII, he went to jewelry and clock school. He worked for Montgomery ward and much of his job was repairing watches and clocks.  I was always fascinated with the Cuckoo clocks.

Sep 24, 2018 08:46 AM #14
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