Gramme, Zénobe Théophile

BORN 4 Apr 1826, Jehay-Bodignée (near Liège) - DIED 20 Jan 1901, Paris (near)
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 94, ligne 01, F, 26)

Z.T. Gramme was no intellectual and he had no advanced knowledge of mathematics when in 1869 he invented the Gramme machine, a direct current dynamo that was much more powerful than it´s predecessor, effectively enabling electric motors to be used in the industry.

He was born near Liège in Belgium and moved to Paris in 1856 where he worked for "l'Alliance", a society that was constructing electric devices. His Gramme machine was shown at the Exposition of Electric Light in 1881 in Paris. In 1888 he received the Volta Prize and he was made an officer of the légion d'honneur.


The grave of Théophile Gramme at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)


• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Parisians, Robson Books, London, 1991

Grancher, Marcel E.

Published: 08 Feb 2008
Last update: 26 Jan 2022