Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir was born in Mussy-la-Ville, Luxembourg back in 1822.  He emigrated to Paris, France in 1838.  He was interested in electroplating which led to several inventions.  He was an engineer at Petiene et City, they supported him in his founding of several companies.  By 1865, he developed a new type of automatic telegraph device that could send information in written form.

He was granted French citizenship in 1870 for the assistance he provided during the Franco-Prussian War.  He was awarded the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur in 1881.  He died in 1900, he was 78.

What you may not know about Jean is that he was the first person who developed the internal combustion engine in 1858.  Prior deigns were patented as early as 1807, but none were commercially successful.  He also built stationary engines which ran power plants, printing presses, water pumps and machine tools.



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Comments (20)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Good Morning, James, Jean Joseph provided the world with some outstanding inventions!

May 22, 2021 03:15 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

So the originator of climate change comes to the forefront!

So many useful items for the stationary engine.

Make yourself an awesome day.

May 22, 2021 05:14 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sounds like Jean possessed quite the creative mind far ahead of his time. Enjoy your day.

May 22, 2021 05:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... well that was certainly a very, very important invention... shame that so few know who was responsible for it.

May 22, 2021 05:34 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /


Great blog, we visited Luxembourg back in the 70's.  Thanks for the post and enjoy the weekend. Bill Salvatore

May 22, 2021 05:35 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Inventors that changed our lives would be such an interesting class to take. 

May 22, 2021 05:51 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James -Jean Joseph was one of the pioneers that changed mobility.

May 22, 2021 06:00 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James Dray, now that was a man how to get things done and help with the start of getting things done.


May 22, 2021 07:39 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I did not realize that they have internal combustion engine has been around for that long. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

May 22, 2021 07:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a lovely weekend.

May 22, 2021 08:47 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is pretty cool and it seems that now the internal combustion engine is on the way out the door with the rise of electric vehicles.

May 22, 2021 09:28 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

You're right, James, I did not know that about Jean nor anything else that you shared about his accomplishments.

May 22, 2021 09:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Persistence is one of the lessons to be learned in your post today but it's just one of many.  

May 22, 2021 10:11 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James Dray when in France you can always spot those who have earned the honor of the Legion d'Honneur.  It is a tiny red enamel button that is worn discretely on one's suit.  A

May 22, 2021 10:49 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- You have to wonder where we'd be without his invention. 

May 22, 2021 03:22 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James what a great story and I have been to Luxembourg what a beautiful history city/country...just shows even small places have large footprint on the world, Endre

May 22, 2021 03:48 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Jean was my kind of a guy James Dray . I loved older engines but todays double overhead cam super turbo charged engines are over my head.

May 22, 2021 04:30 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thank you for sharing this great story of Jean Joseph Lenoir.  His invention has brought us a very far.

May 22, 2021 04:33 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

And race car drivers everywhere are grateful for his invention.

May 22, 2021 05:12 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I hope that Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir died a rich man. His genius and hard work certainly affected many, many lives then and now.

Oct 13, 2021 06:48 AM