Louis Vicat, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Louis Vicat

French engineer

Date of Birth: 31-Mar-1786

Place of Birth: Nevers, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

Date of Death: 10-Apr-1861

Profession: engineer, engineer of roads and bridges

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Louis Vicat

  • Louis Vicat (31 March 1786, Nevers – 10 April 1861, Grenoble) French engineer. He graduated from École Polytechnique 1804 and École des Ponts et ChaussĂ©es 1806. Vicat studied the setting of mortars and developed his own.
  • The first building using the modern mortar is the bridge of Souillac (Dordogne) erected in 1818. The material was popular but was superseded by Portland cement.
  • He also invented the Vicat needle that is still in use for determination of setting time of concretes and cements.
  • His son, Joseph Vicat, founded Vicat Cement, which is today a large international cement manufacturing company. He was a member of the French Academy of Sciences and his name is one of the 72 names inscribed on the Eiffel Tower.
  • Vicat was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1855.

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