Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Auguste and Louis Lumière: symbolic of historic French success in technology

The Lumière brothers, Auguste Marie Louis Nicolas and Louis Jean were among the earliest filmmakers in history. (Appropriately, "lumière" translates as "light" in English.)

The Lumières held their first screening of projected motion pictures in 1895.

- Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (1787 – 1851) was a French artist and physicist, recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography.
In the mid to late 1800's it was the dominant type of photography.

- Michelin is a tyre manufacturer based in France. It is one of the two largest tyre manufacturers in the world along with Bridgestone.[2] In addition to the Michelin brand, it also owns the BFGoodrich, Kleber, Riken, Kormoran and Uniroyal (in North America) tyre brands.

It is also extremely well known for its Red and Green travel guides, its roadmaps, the Michelin stars that the Red Guide awards to restaurants for their cooking, and for its company mascot Bibendum, colloquially known as the Michelin Man.

Among Michelin's numerous inventions, there is the removable tyre and the radial tyre technology now used in modern "green tyres" that reduce fuel consumption.

- Mirage fighter jet - The Mirage III (French pronunciation: [miʁaʒ]) is a supersonic fighter aircraft designed by Dassault Aviation. It was a successful fighter aircraft, being sold to many air forces around the world and remaining in production for over a decade. Some of the world's smaller air forces still fly Mirage IIIs or variants as front-line equipment today.

- The Citroën 2CV was an economy car produced by the French car manufacturer Citroën between 1948 and 1990.[1] It was technologically advanced and innovative, but with uncompromisingly utilitarian unconventional looks, and deceptively simple bodywork,[3] that belied the sheer quality of its underlying engineering.