Fernez, Maurice

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Fernez, Maurice Gender: M
born on 30 August 1885 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place Paris Arrondissement 7, France, 48n5125, 2e1912
Timezone LMT m2e1912 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Mandl
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 07°04' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 00°44 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 06°19'

Maurice Fernez (demonstrating his diving equipment on the Seine, 20 August 1912)


French inventor and pioneer in the field of underwater breathing apparatus, respirators and gas masks. He was pivotal in the transition of diving from the tethered diving helmet and suit of the nineteenth century to the free diving with self-contained equipment of the twentieth century. All Fernez invented apparatus were surface-supplied but his inventions, especially his mouthpiece equipped with a one-way valve, inspired the scuba diving pioneer Yves le Prieur. He was also a talented businessman who created a company to manufacture and sell the breathing apparatus he invented, and expanded its range of products to include gas masks, respirators and filters. Maurice Fernez died of a heart attack on 31 January 1952 at age 67 in Alfortville.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Michaël Mandl quotes birth record [1].


  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Sales
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator