His engineering ability surfaced early, at the age of eight, when he drew the plans for a flying bicycle powered by an engine. While preparing for his Naval entrance exam he acquired more advanced mathematical knowledge. His lectures cover everything from philosophy to pure physics, economics, psychoanalysis or astronomy. He enjoyed discussions with his scientific contemporaries such as physicist Ferdinand Holweck. His insatiable and wide-ranging curiosity gave him a detailed understanding of the world.
Between 1934 and 1941 he filed 11 patents and four addendums to the INPI in France as well as a patent in the US. Some of his innovations are still in use today.