The Pyréolophore invented by the Niépce brothers appears into Le Musée des Arts et Métiers!

Pyréolophore: it’s the name of the first internal combustion engine in the world, invented by Nicéphore Niépce and his brother Claude. It will officially enter into Le Musée des Arts et Métiers on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 7pm.

The Niépce House and Spéos Photography school rectify the history of science, after many years of research: the first internal combustion engine is French!

This research was validated by the Academy of Sciences in 2015 and is the subject of a book written by Manuel Bonnet, Jean-Louis Bruley, Olivier Pironneau (introduction), and published in 2015 by the Université pour Tous de Bourgogne Centre de Chalon-sur-Saône:

Niépce, Another revolution in the shadow of the great Carnot – Essay of a reasoned bibliography of the first internal combustion engine (1806). The Pyréolophore.

The rehabilitation of the Pyréolophore was carried out thanks to the Nicéphore Niépce House, with the financing of Spéos photography school, as well as the support of Olivier Pironneau from the Académie des Sciences and Yves Winkin, director of Le Musée des Arts et Métiers.

  • Presentation of the Pyréolophore: Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7pm
  • Musée des Arts et Métiers · 60 rue Réaumur · Paris 3e
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