Torres Quevedo Museum

Madrid, Spain

The Torres Quevedo Museum is located in the School of Civil Engineering (Escuela de Ingenieros de Caminos) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. It contains the most important collection of machines and inventions created by the engineer Leonardo Torres Quevedo (1852-1936). It was created with the objects donated by Torres Quevedo in 1928 to the School of Civil Engineers.

A very brilliant and successful Inventor, and a prolific scientist, Leonardo Torres Quevedo was the creator of Automation and a precursor of Computer Science. He was also an expert in mathematics and mechanics, and an example of dedication to research, science and culture in Spain. His main contributions and inventions are the chess automatons, the telekino, the Aerocar over the Whirlpool at Niagara Falls, the “husillo sin fin”, the machine to solve equations of eight terms, two electromechanical arithmometers, and the integrator, all of them in the Museum catalog.

Nowadays it is a university museum and is part of the Network of Museums and Science and Technology Centers of the Comunidad de Madrid (Madrid Region). It is visited both by people interested in knowing more about his figure, and people with an interest in mathematics and automatons, and scholars and researchers interested in the Spanish background of computing and the figure of Torres Quevedo. Everyone is well received.

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