John Joseph Merlin

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John-Joseph Merlin by Thomas Gainsborough

John-Joseph Merlin (17 September 1735 – 4 May 1803) was a Belgian inventor and horologist. He was born Jean-Joseph Merlin in 1735 in the city of Huy, which is in Belgium today.[1] He was an inventor, noted for the invention of inline skates in 1760.[2] He also improved musical instruments and manufactured automata, such as Cox's timepiece. He created Merlin's Mechanical Museum to display his machines.[3] He was also responsible for the Silver Swan automaton[4] now on display at the Bowes Museum. He worked in Paris and later in London, where he died in 1803.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Joseph Merlin: Father of Inline Skating
  2. ^ Iveagh Bequest, John Joseph Merlin: the ingenious mechanick. Kenwood (London, England), Greater London Council. Public Relations Branch.
  3. ^ The Engines of Our Ingenuity, Episode No. 630: JOHN JOSEPH MERLIN, by John H. Lienhard [1]
  4. ^ Bowes Museum