When the name Eiffel is heard, most people think of the iconic Paris tower. Not many know, though, that the Eiffel Tower is just the most famous of works by Gustave Eiffel, who in his long career designed about a hundred avant-garde buildings throughout the world – long bridges, railway stations, churches, industrial pavilions and much more – that had huge social and economic impact.
Apart from his most famous projects, which made ample use of state-of-the-art technologies for the time, Eiffel was a forerunner in many scientific fields. Indeed, he devoted the last thirty years of his life to experimental research in subjects like aerodynamics, meteorology, radio broadcasting, aviation, and accomplished discoveries that were key to advances in those sectors. Many of Gustave Eiffel’s scientific creations still exist and some are still in use.
After a short reference to Eiffel’s best-known work and to the technologies he designed, this documentary focuses on his work as a scientific researcher and on the wind tunnel he made in Paris in the early 1900’s. Though made of canvas and wood, it is still in perfectly preserved condition and used by many industries - mostly car manufacturers – to test Formula 1 and rally models.