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Hudson Maxim

1921 Moses Wainer Dykaar Born: Vilna, Russia 1884 Died: New York, New York 1933 bronze 22 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (57.1 x 52.0 x 31.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution 1922.3.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Hudson Maxim invented many weapons that influenced modern warfare, including the first smokeless powder made in America and "maximite," the first high explosive able to pierce armor. As a child, he received little schooling and once worked for seventy-five cents to buy his first atlas so that he could "see where Napoleon lived." In 1888 he began experimenting with explosives and a year later built a dynamite factory and smokeless-powder mill in Maxim, New Jersey, a town named for him. Although he developed many forms of "concentrated destruction," Maxim was a firm believer in peaceful arbitration and wrote many books and lectures on the subject.

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Occupation - science - inventor

Portrait male - Maxim, Hudson - bust

Portrait male - Maxim, Hudson - elderly

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metal - bronze

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About Moses Wainer Dykaar

Born: Vilna, Russia 1884 Died: New York, New York 1933

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