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Samuel Biolley, “notre fameux fondeur”

Gay, Guido Benvenuto (2023): Samuel Biolley, “notre fameux fondeur”.

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This contribution analyzes the working and family life of Samuel Biolley – born in Neuchâtel in 1787, moved to Lyon at the beginning of 1807, settled permanently in Turin in the spring of 1814 where he died in 1863. He is a man of his time: entrepreneur, innovator, able to move in space and to change activities, to seize favorable opportunities. The examination of his memoirs and documents related to his activities allowed us to provide some additional information on Gensoul's steam apparatus for silk filatures, an important technical innovation that had a substantial diffusion in the silk industry in pre-unification Piedmont, but also to highlight a collaborative process with his brother-in-law Henri Decker.

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