Jacques Antoine Charles Bresse

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Jacques Antoine Charles Bresse (9 October 1822, Vienne, Isère – 22 May 1883) was a French civil engineer who specialized in the design and use of hydraulic motors.

Bresse graduated from the École Polytechnique in 1843 and received his formal education in engineering at the École des Ponts et Chaussées. He returned to the École des Ponts et Chaussées in 1848 as an instructor for applied mechanics courses and in 1853 gained his professorship in applied mechanics, after which he taught at the school until his death in 1883.[1]

His name is one of the 72 names inscribed on the Eiffel Tower.


  • Bresse, Jacques Antoine Charles, Water-wheels; Or, Hydraulic Motors, John Wiley & Sons, New York 1869.


  1. ^ Timoshenko, Stephen (1983). History of Strength of Materials. New York: Courier Dover Publications. p. 146. ISBN 0-486-61187-6.