Nicolas-Jacques Conte

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Birthday
4, 1755
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Dec 6, 1805 (50)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
4, 1755
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Dec 6, 1805 (50)

About

Balloonist and army officer who also invented the modern pencil. He was known for his mechanical genius that aided the French army in Egypt greatly.

Before Fame

He possessed a pioneering interest in aeronautics and even built his own hot air balloon. He helped develop the production of hydrogen gas as well.

Trivia

His invention of pencil lead came after the influential French Revolutionary Wars politician Lazare Nicolas Marguerite Carnot enlisted his services, mainly because an economic blockade against France kept graphite from being imported from Great Britain.

Family Life

His family was residing in Aunou-sur-Orne, Normandy, when he was born.

Associated With

He was called a universal man who had taste, understanding, and genius by Napoleon Bonaparte.