First diesel wheelchair created by a Georgian nobleman
01 October, 2018
First diesel wheelchair created by a Georgian nobleman
Georgian nobleman Irakli Beburo-Vachnadze from Kardenakhi (eastern Georgia) invented the first wheelchair operated on diesel. His wheelchair was equipped with a speed indicator and a peep. The wheelchair would run more than 20 kilometers.

The nobleman was raised in Kakheti (eastern Georgia). He had experience as being a military officer in Russia. Vachnadze folks used to add the name of their ancestor before the surname Vachnadze. Beburo was t
he nobleman’s ancestor that’s why he was called Irakli Beburo-Vachnadze.

One day when he saw somebody having a hard time moving a wheelchair in Tbilisi, he decided to create a draft for a new wheelchair. A Georgian businessman took over to finance the nobleman’s idea. Apart from inventing a diesel wheelchair, Irakli created socks which were able to prevent sweating. It is assumed that the socks were washed with a special soap which would eliminate the smell of sweat. 

The wheelchair was supposed to be patented by one of the Russian factories which was established by English businessmen. Unfortunately, the period was followed by World War I and October Revolution. The Englishmen brought the invention to England. Thus, the Georgian nobleman could not track his own invention.
The information about the inventions of the Georgian nobleman was published in Georgian magazines such as “South Caucasus” and “National Magazine”.

Source: www.kvirispalitra.ge

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