1807: Invention of Internal Combustion Engine
Innovation: Invention of internal combustion engine
By: Niepce Brothers
In 1807 the first internal combustion engine was designed and constructed by the Niepce brothers, Claude Felix Abel Niepce and Joseph Nicephore Niepce. The Niepce brothers had been experimenting with ideas on their engine when they finally succeeded in powering a boat upstream a river and received a patent from Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The engine ran on a combustion process of lycopodium powder and later coal. This engine inspired others to continue to improve the design and has led to the complex engine systems used in modern vehicles to transport the construction materials necessary for today’s architecture.