His father's family were of Huguenot and his mother's of English descent. Isaac Maxim was a farmer and wood-turner with a leaning for philosophy and a talent for invention. It is interesting, in view of Hiram Maxim's subsequent career, that his father also tinkered with the ideas of an automatic gun and a flying machine.
1884 he opened a workshop in Hatton Garden and directed his attention to gunnery. He formed the Maxim Gun Company in the same year and prepared a design for a fully automatic gun
From gunnery Maxim turned his attention to flying, and during the period 1889–94 produced a steam-driven test rig
He died of broncho-pneumonia and heart failure at his home, Sandhurst Lodge, High Road, Streatham, London, on 24 November 1916 and was buried at Norwood cemetery.
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