Maurice Alain Farman was a French
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Grand Prix motor racing
Grand Prix motor racing
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champion, an aviator
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, and an aircraft manufacturer
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BiographyBorn in Paris
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parents, he and his brothers Richard
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and Henry Farman were important pioneers developers of aviation in Europe.
A champion tandem
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cyclist with brother Henry, Maurice Farman began racing Panhard
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automobiles and won the 1901 Pau Grand Prix, the first race ever to be called a Grand Prix. In May 1902 he won the "Circuit du Nord" race from Paris to Arras
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and back. He also competed in that year's Paris to Vienna
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race won by Marcel Renault
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. However, Farman's interest quickly turned to powered flight and in 1908 he bought a Voisin
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Model 4 biplane. In 1909 he set world's endurance and speed records. He soon began to manufacture airplanes
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and in 1912 merged his business with his brother's aircraft company to give the Farman Aviation Works. He was awarded Aviator's Certificate (Brevet) no. 6 by the Aero-Club de France
Aéro-Club de France
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, issued on November 18, 1909.
Maurice Farman died in Paris in 1964.