I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

Nicéphore Niépce (born Joseph Niépce March 7, 1765 – July 5, 1833) was a French inventor, most noted as the inventor of photography and a pioneer in the field.

He developed heliography, a technique used to produce the world’s oldest surviving evidence of a photographic process, actually a photo-etching in 1825.

Among Niépce’s other inventions was the Pyréolophore, the world’s first ‘internal combustion engine’, which he conceived, created, and developed with his older brother Claude.

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This engine ran on controlled dust explosions of Lycopodium powder and was installed on a boat that ran on the river Saône. Ten years later, they were the first in the world to make an engine work with a fuel injection system.