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This January 12, 1984 stamp (Mi #1198) of the Federal Republic of Germany commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of scientist and inventor Philipp Reis (1834-74). Reis invented the telephone in 1860. The device is shown on the stamp.

From Wikipedia, "Charles Bourseul (a French telegraphist) deserves the credit of being perhaps the first to devise an electric telephone and try to make it, but Reis deserves the honor of first realizing the idea as a device to transmit and receive sounds electrically."

In 1876, American Alexander Graham Bell invented and patented the first practical telephone.

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Trevor Lloyd Wadley (1920-1981) was a South African electrical engineer who invented tellurometer, a land surveying device, in 1954. A stamp issued by South Africa in 1979 depicts his portrait and his invention.

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Here are two stamps depicting German electrical engineer, inventor and industrialist Werner von Siemens. The first is Berlin Mi 397, issued October 12, 1952, and the second is Federal Republic of Germany Mi. #528, issued on December 13, 1966.

Siemens's first invention was the electrically-charged sea mine. Over his lifetime, he invented many more devices, and made improvements to the inventions of others. Siemens held six U.S. patents.


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Here from Czechoslovakia is a 1957 issue commemorating Karel Klí#269; (1841-1926) who built on the work of Henry Fox Talbot to create the modern photogravure process in the 1870's. Klí#269; is on the left.

The right hand stamp honoring Ressel, inventor of the ship screw, was already shown on p. 5 in this thread by Nethryk, but the image is one of those blurred-out Photobucket ones so I left it in the scan. The two were together as Sc. 816 and 817.

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On March 12, 1981 Ireland issued a set of four "Science and Technology" stamps (Hibernian #s C304-7) depicting Irish inventors. They are:

13 p Robert Boyle (1627-91) Boyle-Hooke vacuum pump, 1659
15 p Harry Ferguson (1840-1960) hydraulic control system for tractor, 1936
16 p Charles Parsons (1854-1931) turbine engine 1884
25 p John Holland (1841-1914) Fenian Ram submarine 1878


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Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838 – 1917) was a German general and later inventor of the Zeppelin rigid airships. He tested his first airship LZ1 on July 2, 1900. Paraguay issued a stamp in 1988 to celebrate his 150th birthday.
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Ottmar Mergenthaler (1854 – 1899) was a German-American inventor who created the linotype machine, the first device that could easily and quickly set complete lines of type for use in printing presses. He is honored in a US Pioneers of Communication stamp issued in 1996.

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Zénobe Gramme (1826–1901) was a Belgian electrical engineer. He invented the Gramme machine, a type of direct current dynamo capable of generating smoother and much higher voltages than the dynamos known to that point. The 2001 commemorative stamp shows metal coil used in his device.

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This July 11, 1998 stamp of India commemorates the centenary of Godrej Brothers, which is now Godrej Group, an international conglomerate. The entrepreneurial brothers Ardeshir (1868-1926) and Pirojsha (1882-1972) Godrej are depicted on the stamp (SC #1696).

Ardeshir Godrej, pictured on the left, was more the inventor of the two brothers. His first patented device was a lock claiming "unpick ability." He also patented the world's first springless lock. Also, Adeshir Godrej developed a fireproof safe and a vegetable oil-based soap.

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Traian Vuia (1872-1950) was a Romanian inventor and aviation pioneer who designed, built and tested the first tractor monoplane. His March 18, 1906 flight was featured in a minisheet issued by Posta Romana in 2006.

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Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (1765–1833) was a French inventor, usually credited as the inventor of photography and a pioneer in that field. A stamp issued by Mauritius in 2018 shows his View from the Window at Le Gras, a heliographic image and the oldest surviving camera photograph (c. 1826).

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