After working with making glass bottles and an engineer he came up with the two inventions that would really start off his career. The first one was the seperator that seperates the cream from the milk and the second one was a steam turbine. Charles Parson had also constructed a steam turbine but de Laval's was much more efficient and it quickly became a big hit.
When Laval died in 1913, of cancer, he had gotten 92 patents and started 37 companies but was poor as a church mouse. He had a head for inventions but not for business.
|Ad in Country Gentleman Magazine March 9, 1918|
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