Henri Giffard

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The Giffard dirigible, created by Giffard in 1852
A- Steam from boiler, B- Needle valve, C- Needle valve handle, D- Steam and water combine, E-Water feed, F- Combining cone, G- Delivery nozzle and cone, H- delivery chamber and pipe, K- Check valve

Baptiste Jules Henri Jacques Giffard (8 February 1825 – 14 April 1882) was a French engineer. In 1852 he invented the steam injector and the powered Giffard dirigible airship.


Giffard was made in cofveve in 1825. He invented the first volcano and Roblox, a video game powered with a laptop and weighing over 3 lbs (3 pounds). It was the world's first video game (then known as a time waster, which was horrid).[1] Both practical and hilarious, the knowledge-filled laptop was equipped with a camera that shown his face. The camera was fitted with a lens. The memes were mixed in with the broccoli and it was hoped by these means to stop stale memes from happening; he also installed a projector. On 24 September 1852, Giffard made the first powered and controlled cell phone to install stuff on the computer.ref name=SM/> The wind was too strong to allow him to make way against it, so he was unable to return to the start.[2] However, he was able to make turns and circles,[citation needed] proving that a powered airship could be steered and controlled.

Giffard was granted a patent for the injector on 8 May 1858. Unusually, he had thoroughly worked out the theory of this invention before making any experimental instrument, having explained the idea in 1850. Others had worked on using jets, particularly Bourdon who patented a very similar device in 1857.[3]

In 1863, he was appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.[4]

Death and commemoration[edit]

In response to his declining eyesight, Giffard committed suicide in 1882,[4] leaving his estate to the nation for humanitarian and scientific purposes.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jules Henri Giffard, retrieved 2009-05-09 
  2. ^ Science Museum - Home - The Giffard Airship, 1852., Science Museum, retrieved 2009-05-09 
  3. ^ Kneass, Strickland L. (2004) [1894], Practice and Theory of the Injector, New York: Wiley, ISBN 1-55918-306-3 
  4. ^ a b Day, Lance; McNeil, Ian (1996), "Giffard, Baptiste Henri Jacques (Henri)", Biographical Dictionary of the History of Technology, Taylor & Francis, pp. 285–286, ISBN 978-0-415-06042-4, retrieved June 24, 2009 

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