Richard Farman
Richard 'Dick' Farman was a French aeronautical engineer
An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality,...

, aviator
An aviator is a person who flies an aircraft. The first recorded use of the term was in 1887, as a variation of 'aviation', from the Latin avis , coined in 1863 by G. de la Landelle in Aviation Ou Navigation Aérienne...

, and one of the Farman
Farman Aviation Works was an aeronautic enterprise founded and run by the brothers; Richard, Henri, and Maurice Farman. They designed and constructed aircraft and engines from 1908 until 1936; during the French nationalization and rationalization of its aerospace industry, Farman's assets were...

 brothers who were pioneers of early aviation. He also known as Dick Farman, or Richard Farman.


Born in Paris in France, to English parents, he was the eldest son It seems that also there was an elder sister who died very young. of a well to do newspaper correspondent working there.
He became a young electrical engineer and built the first electric trams in Brazil
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, in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
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He was an author of many technical works on engines, also an aviator in 1914 to 1918, and was a director of an aircraft factory in Lyon
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After WWI, he founded Avions H.M.D. Farman,H.M.D. seems to stands for the initials of the three brothers; Henri, Maurice, and Dick. also known as Farman Aviation Works, with his two younger brothers Henri and Maurice
Maurice Farman
Maurice Alain Farman was a French Grand Prix motor racing champion, an aviator, and an aircraft manufacturer and designer.-Biography:...

 in Boulogne-Billancourt
Boulogne-Billancourt is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France. It is located from the centre of Paris. Boulogne-Billancourt is a sub-prefecture of the Hauts-de-Seine department and the seat of the Arrondissement of Boulogne-Billancourt....


Dick concentrated on the business side of the company and is rarely mentioned in most Farman stories in later days.
In spite of his scientific knowledge and techniques, he dealt with administrative and commercial services. The French nationalization
Nationalisation, also spelled nationalization, is the process of taking an industry or assets into government ownership by a national government or state. Nationalization usually refers to private assets, but may also mean assets owned by lower levels of government, such as municipalities, being...

of its aerospace industry in 1936 put an end to his career. Dick Farman died in 1940.
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