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John Ericsson

Mechanical Inventor John Ericsson

Full Name: Johan Ericsson
Profession: Mechanical Inventor

United States of America

Biography: Considered one of the most influential mechanical inventors in history, Ericsson developed the first screw-propeller, later put to use on the USS Princeton, which became the US Navy's first screw-propeller driven steam frigate.

He also developed the first rotating turret on the USS Monitor, which ended up saving a blockade squadron during the American Civil War.

Born: July 31, 1803
Birthplace: Långban, Värmland, Sweden
Star Sign: Leo

Died: March 8, 1889 (aged 85)

Historical Events

  • 1835-07-13 Swedish-American inventor John Ericsson files for a patent for his screw propeller design

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