Narcis Monturiol

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Birthday
28, 1819
Birthplace
Figueres, Spain
Death Date
Sep 6, 1885 (65)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
28, 1819
Birthplace
Figueres, Spain
Death Date
Sep 6, 1885 (65)

About

Spanish intellectual, artist and engineer who invented the world's first submarine that could stay submerged with its own air supply. He made his first dives with his sub, which was named Ictineo I, during the summer of 1859.

Before Fame

He attained a law degree in Barcelona in 1845 but never practiced law.

Trivia

He was not the first person to invent a submarine, but he did create the first fully functional one, which he he hoped would be used to help Spanish divers find coral.

Family Life

His father worked as a cooper.

Associated With

His invention inspired Jules Verne to write '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' and based the fictional Nautilus sub on Narcis's design.