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John Joseph Merlin (18th Century)

John-Joseph Merlin (17 September 1735 – 4 May 1803) was a Belgian inventor and horologist.

He was an inventor, noted for the invention of roller skates in 1760. He also improved musical instruments and manufactured automata, such as Cox’s timepiece. He created Merlin’s Mechanical Museum to display his machines.

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