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According to About.com, the renowned artist Leonardo DaVinci invented several items including an armoured car, machine gun, giant crossbow, artillery park and a flying machine. The Museum of Science notes that it was ver... More »

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Leonardo da Vinci contributed greatly to the fields of art, science and invention during the Italian Renaissance. He is best known for painting the ?Mona Lisa" and ?The Last Supper." He was an investigator of topics such... More »

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Leonardo da Vinci's father was Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci and his mother was a woman of Florence named Caterina. His father was a public official while his mother's identity is debated upon by scholars. More »

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Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15,1452 in Vinci, Italy. Da Vinci became one of the most important painters of the Italian Renaissance. Some of his most famous artwork includes the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper.” More »

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Leonardo Da Vinci, while primarily an artist, created the basic concepts for many inventions that have since been realized, such as the helicopter, the parachute, armored cars and even robots. While Da Vinci did have the... More »

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The helicopter as a practical flying machine was invented in 1931 with a patent application by Igor Sikorsky. The patent was accepted by the U.S. government in 1935, and Sikorsky's helicopter first flew in Connecticut on... More »

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Other than basic skills in reading, writing, and math, Leonardo da Vinci had little formal education. Out of an appreciation of 14-year old da Vinci's artistic talents, his father arranged for him to apprentice in Floren... More »

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