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French chemist Paul Vieille died in 1934

Paul Marie Eugène Vieille was French chemist and the inventor of nitrocellulose based smokeless gunpowder in 1884. The new smokeless powder was three times as powerful as black powder for the same weight and left virtually no residues of combustion. His invention was applied not only to small arms but also to the full range of artillery ammunition. His invention was widely followed within a …

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