Nicholas-Louis Robert

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Nicholas-Louis Robert

Nicholas-Louis Robert (born December 2, 1761 in Paris , † August 8, 1828 in Vernouillet ) was a French inventor.


Robert developed the world's first fourdrinier paper machine in 1798 and patented the invention on January 18, 1799. Robert initially worked in the French army. After retiring from the soldier's life, he took a job with the printer Pierre-Francois Didot and shortly afterwards switched to Didot's son Saint Legér Didot, who ran a paper mill. Robert mainly took care of the bookkeeping there. During this work, the idea of ​​building a machine for making paper was born. In 1798 the prototype was ready. With this invention, Robert ushered in the era of mechanical paper production.

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