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Hudson Maxim (1853-1927)

Hudson Maxim (1853-1927), American inventor, best known for explosives. He was born in Orneville, Maine, brother of Sir Hiram Maxim. He established a printing business at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1883 and invented a method of color printing in newspapers. Turning his attention to the improvement of explosives, he produced the first smokeless powder in the United States, which was adopted by the U.S. Army. In 1901 he perfected a powerful explosive, which he patented under the name of maximite.

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