Maxim portrait
Maxim portrait
Sir Hiram Maxim

Died aged c. 76

Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim (5 February 1840 – 24 November 1916) was an American-born British inventor who moved from the United States to the United Kingdom at the age of 41. He remained an American citizen until he became a naturalised British subject in 1900. He was the inventor of the Maxim Gun – the first portable, fully automatic machine gun – and held patents on mechanical devices such as a mousetrap, hair-curling irons, and steam pumps. He laid claim to inventing the lightbulb, and even experimented with powered flight, but his large aircraft designs were never successful. However, his "Captive Flying Machine" amusement ride, designed as a means by which to fund his research while generating public interest in flight, was highly successful.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Sir Hiram Maxim
Photo of Hiram Maxim blue plaque
Julian Osley on Geograph

Sir Hiram Maxim [full inscription unknown]

Maypole Primary School, Franklin Road, Dartford, United Kingdom where he was

Sir Hiram Maxim 1840-1916 inventor and engineer designed and manufactured the Maxim gun in a workshop on these premises

57d Hatton Garden, EC1, London, United Kingdom where he designed the Maxim gun and manufactured the Maxim gun