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Name: Linus Yale                                                                       
Born: 14 April 1821                                                                   
Died: 25 December 1868                                                                 
Linus Yale, Jr. (14 April 1821 - 25 December 1868) was an American mechanical         
engineer and manufacturer, best known for his inventions of locks, especially         
the cylinder lock.                                                                     
Linus Yale, Jr. was born in Salisbury, New York. Yale's father, Linus Yale, Sr.,       
opened a lock shop in the 1840s in Newport, New York, specializing in bank locks.     
His son joined him in the business in 1850, and introduced some combination safe       
locks and key-operated cylinder locks around 1862. Then in 1868, he and Henry         
Robinson Towne founded the Yale Lock Manufacturing Company in the South End           
section of Stamford, Connecticut to produce cylinder locks. Yale died later that       
Yale & Towne Lock Company later became so successful that Stamford was later           
nicknamed "Lock City."                                                                 
Yale's cylinder lock, also called a pin-tumbler lock, was based on a principle         
similar to that of the first key-operated lock invented by the Egyptians around       
2000 B.C.                                                                             
Inventions patented by Linus Yale, Jr. and his estate from the U.S. Patent and         
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