Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim 1840 - 1916

American; British
born in:
Maine, United States

1878- he became chief engineer to the United States Electric Lighting Company—the first such company to be formed in the United States

1884 in London he opened a workshop in Hatton Garden and directed his attention to gunnery. He formed the Maxim Gun Company in the same year and prepared a design for a fully automatic gun; in order to block any competition he assiduously patented every conceivable device concerning the firing mechanism.