Philippe Lebon (1767-1804), French engineer. This bronze statue was unveiled on 26 June 1887 by the Technical Gas Society of France. The statue is located in the town of Chaumont, Haute-Marne departement, near Lebon's birthplace of Brachay. The sculptor, Antide Pechine, has shown Lebon with a flame rising from a flask of sawdust that he has heated. This discovery of wood gas led Lebon to invent a gas lighting system, patented in 1799. Lebon, who also worked on engines, was found stabbed to death five years later. Artwork from the first volume (first period of 1888) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.
About the Artist -
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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