René-Jacques Lévy

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René-Jacques Lévy is a French chemist, born in 1875 in Nancy, died in 1912 in the sinking of the Titanic[1][2], author of several patents[3][4][5][6] operated by the company Air Liquide

In 1896, René Lévy graduates from École nationale supérieure des industries chimiques. In 1897, he moves to Manchester were he works at the Clayton Aniline Company, of which his uncle Charles Dreyfus is director, and he invents with :fr:André_Helbronner|André Helbronner in 1902, a process[7] making it possible to produce liquid air industrially. The license is acquired by Air Liquide and he then joins the company and works in the office of Boulogne sur Seine|Boulogne-sur-Seine.

In 1903, he marries Jeanne Royer with whom he will have three daughters, Simone in 1904, Andrée in 1906, and Yvette in 1909[8].

After having managed the British branch of Air Liquide in London, he is sent in 1910 to Canada by the president of the company :fr:Paul_Delorme|Paul Delorme, to create and manage a subsidiary in the suburbs of Montréal.

In March 1912, he goes to Paris to attend a funeral, planning to return to Canada on SS France (1910)|the France on April 20, but he exchange his ticket to go back ten days earlier on the Titanic[9][10][11].

The Royal Society of Chemistry honnors him in 2012[12][13][14] on the occasion of the commemoration of the hundred years of the sinking of the Titanic.


  1. Freemantle, Michael (2011-11-30). Gas! Gas! Quick, Boys: How Chemistry Changed the First World War. History Press. ISBN 978-0-7524-7903-3.
  2. Bottomore, Stephen (2000). The Titanic and Silent Cinema. The Projection Box. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-903000-00-7.
  3. US 959563A, "Method for the separation of gases", issued 1903-02-16 
  4. FR 350205A, "Methods of making and maintaining the vacuum", issued 1904-10-04 
  5. GB 190216615A, "Improvements in the Separation of Gases from their Mixtures, especially Oxygen and Nitrogen from Atmospheric Air and Apparatus therefor.", issued 1902-07-26 
  6. US 967105A, "Process for the separation of gaseous mixtures into their elements.", issued 1904-06-03 
  7. GB 190216615A, "Improvements in the Separation of Gases from their Mixtures, especially Oxygen and Nitrogen from Atmospheric Air and Apparatus therefor" 
  8. Hélène-Andrée, Bizier (2013). "Tant d'énigmes sur une simple photo. Les orphelines d'Outremont" (PDF). Société d'histoire d'Outremont - Mémoire Vivante: 3.
  9. "René Jacques Lévy : Titanic Victim". Encyclopedia Titanica. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  10. "Le héros nancéien du Titanic". (in français). Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  11. "Chevaleresque chimiste lorrain". (in français). Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  12. "RSC honours Titanic chemist who gave up his life for female passenger". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  13. "société. Un Nancéien mis à l'honneur pour son sacrifice sur le Titanic". Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  14. "Titanic : 100 ans après, un Français récompensé pour son courage". (in français). 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2020-12-06.

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