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Drebbel, Cornelis Jacobszoon

Drebbel, Cornelis Jacobszoon kôrnā´lĭs yä´kôpsōn drĕb´əl [key], 1572–1634, Dutch inventor, physicist, and mechanician. His major inventions were an atmospherically driven clock and the first navigable submarine ; the first voyage was in 1620. His other inventions include thermostats used to make self-regulating ovens, as well as various optical instruments. He also discovered a process for making scarlet dye that was used for many years by the dye industry.

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