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Chantraine, Joseph
The inventor of the joystick, Joseph Chantraine, lived and worked in Kortenberg in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. Chantraine patented several inventions and in 1906 patented a ballpoint pen, and the same year patented a classifier system.
Joseph Chantraine was an engineer and a university professor. In early 1907 Joseph Chantraine was awarded patent No. 198,483 for his “Aéromobile”. This aircraft was a monoplane controlled by means of a joystick and driven by three strong bicycle wheels driven by chains.
Joseph Chantraine died on June 8, 1910 at the early age of forty. He was probably very engaged in aviation as his villa in Kortenberg was named ‘L’Aérocottage’.

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