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Henri Perrot

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Henri Perrot (1883-1861) was a French automotive engineer. He took out numerous patents in the field of automotive braking.

1883 Born in Paris

1907 or 1908 Perrot left the Brasier Co and joined Argyll Motors in Alexandria, Scotland. While there he filed his first patent for a system of front wheel brakes (British Patent No. 6807 March 18, 1910 by Henri Perrot and John Meredith Rubury).

1909 Formerly of the Richard Brasier Co and now engineer of Argyll Motors.[1]

1924 At the Le Mans 24 hour race the first three cars (1st Bentley 3 Litre, 2nd and 3rd Lorraine-Dietrich) were all equipped with Perrot brakes.

1924 Vincent Bendix acquired the licence to manufacture Perrot's shoe-brake patents, and established the Bendix Corporation.

By 1925, more than fifty car brands around the world were using the braking system.

Henri Perrot retired in 1949 (from Bendix). He remained as a consulting engineer for the French branch of Lockheed and also Ame du Ferodo. He was president of the Society of Automotive Engineers from 1950 to 1953 and became a chevalier of the Order of the Legion d'Honneur.

He died in 1961 in Monte Carlo.

The above information is largely condensed from the Wikipedia entry.

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Sources of Information

  1. Dundee Courier - Saturday 13 November 1909