Cornelis Jacobszoon was born in Alkmaar, Netherlands back in 1572. He attended a Latin school until around 1587 when he attended the Academy in Haarlem. He was a skilled engraver on copperplate but also was interested in alchemy. In 1595, he married Sophia, that union produced 6 children.
In 1604, the family moved to England. He invented the magic lantern, the predecessor to the slide projector. He also invented the first glass-grinding machine for the manufacture of optical instruments and compound microscopes with two convex lenses. Needless to say, he was in demand but he wasn’t finished. He invented a chicken incubator and a mercury thermostat. I find this one hard to believe but he also invented a working air conditioning system.
What you may not know about Cornelis Jacobszoon Drebbel is that he built the first navigable submarine in 1620. It was a steerable submarine with a leather-covered wooden frame. He built three in all, the last one had 6 oars and could carry 16 passengers. He took King James I on a ride witnessed by several thousand Londoners. The vessel could submerge between 12 to 15 feet underwater and stay that way for up to three hours. He died in 1633 at 61.
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