Alexander Nikolayevich Lodygin was born in Stenshino village, Tambov Governorate, Russian Empire back in 1847. He studied at the Tambov Cadet School from 1859-65. After graduation her served in the 71st Belev Regiment. from 1866-68 he studied at the Moscow Infantry School. Just after graduation, he retired from the military and found wok at the Tula weapons factory.
In 1871, he proposed an autonomous diving apparatus that consist of a steel mask, natural rubber costume, accumulator battery and a special apparatus for electrolysis of water. The diver was supposed to breathe the oxygen-hydrogen mix obtained by electrolysis of water. the device is very similar to modern scuba equipment. He died in Brooklyn, New York in 1923, he was 75.
What you may not know about Alexander is that in 1874, he received a Russian patent number 1619. That patent was for an incandescent light bulb, Thomas Edison received a patent for the same thing in the U.S. in 1879. Bet you thought it was Edison who held the original didn’t you?
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