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François Prudent Bourdon (29 July 1797-19 April 1865) was an important French engineer and inventor.
Born at Seurre, France, 29th July 1797.
c.1827 Employed at the Le Creusot works of Aaron Manby and Charles Wilson. After 7 years he left, but returned in 1837 at the request of the new owners, the Schneider Brothers. As their Engineer, he was responsible for the design of the first large direct-acting steam hammer in 1841.
Died 25th November 1865.
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