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Who invented neon lights?

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At the beginning of the 20th century, French engineer, chemist and inventor Georges Claude invented the neon lamp. He sent electricity into a tube of neon gas, which had been discovered by William Ramsey and M. Travers in 1898.

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Who invented neon lights?
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In 1910, Claude exhibited two 38-foot-long neon lamps at the Paris Exposition. The first neon business sign advertised a Parisian barber. By 1919, the entrance to the Paris Opera House was lit by blue and red neon.

Claude was awarded a U.S. patent for the lamp in 1915. Within eight years he was selling neon signs in America. A Los Angeles Packard car dealership purchased the first ones in America.

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