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Maxim, Sir Hiram, 1840-1916 (engineer and inventor)



  • Existence: 1840 - 1916


Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840-1916), engineer and inventor, was born at Brockway's Mills, near Sangerville, Maine, on 5 February 1840. He became chief engineer to the United States Electric Lighting Company in 1878, and emigrated to England around 1882, opening a workshop in London two years later. He became a naturalised citizen in 1900, and was knighted in 1901. Maxim was the inventor of the Maxim gun, a rapid-firing weapon with a totally automatic action, which was adopted by the British Army in 1889 and the Royal Navy in 1892. He died at Streatham, London, on 24 November 1916.

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Sir Hiram Maxim: Patent specifications for explosive

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8424
Scope and Contents

Printed patent specifications for explosives, with diagrams and manuscript annotations, 115 pages.

Dates: 1895
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