André Citroën( 5 February 1878 - 3 July 1935 )
André-Gustave Citroën was a French industrialist and freemason. He is remembered chiefly for the make of car >named after him, but also for his application of double helical gears.
Born in Paris in 1878, André-Gustave was the 5th and last child of Jewish parents, diamond merchant Levie Citroen from the Netherlands and Masza Amelia Kleinman from Warsaw, Poland. He was a cousin of the British philosopher Sir A. J. Ayer .
The Citroen family moved to Paris from Warsaw in 1873. Upon arrival, the diaeresis was added to the name , changing Citroen to Citroën .
His father committed suicide when André was six years old .
It is reputed that the young André was inspired by the works of Jules Verne and had seen the construction of the Eiffel Tower for the World Exhibition, making him want to...