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Today in Dutch History: the Edison of the Golden Age

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Today in 1633, Cornelis Drebbel, the Edison of the Dutch Golden Age passed away after a lifetime of invention.

He created the first working submarine, the first working mercury thermometer, bow dye, a perpetual motion clock, a new water supply method, a lens grinding machine for compound lens microscopes… and weaponry for the British who were to go to war with the Dutch four times in the century after his death.