Higonnet, René

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Higonnet, René Gender: M
René Alphonse Eugène Higonnet
born on 5 April 1902 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Valence, France, 44n56, 4e54
Timezone PMT m2e2015 (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Mandl
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René Higonnet (1952)
photo: Bernard Higonnet, license cc-by-sa-3.0


French engineer and inventor who co-developed the phototypesetting process with Louis Moyroud, which allows text and images to be printed on paper using a photoengraving process, a method that made the traditional publishing method of hot metal typesetting obsolete.

They moved to the USA where their foundation had spent $1 million by 1949 to develop the process, which was available for use at a price of $400 per month. The first book printed by their device was The Wonderful World of Insects in 1953 as a demonstration for MIT Press, which included 46 photographs on its 292 pages. In 1954, The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts became the first newspaper to adopt the method for all of their printing.

Higonnet returned to Europe in 1968 and lived in Switzerland until his death on 13 October 1983. Higonnet and Moyroud were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1985.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death, Cause unspecified 13 October 1983 (Age 81)
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  • Work : Prize 1985 (National Inventors Hall of Fame)

Source Notes

Michaël Mandl quotes birth record [1].


  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 81)
  • Vocation : Engineer : Other Engineer
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (National Inventors)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Phototypesetting)