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Louis François René Panhard (27 May 1841, Paris - 16 July 1908 La Bourboule, dept. Puy-de-Dôme) was a French engineer, merchant and a pioneer of the automobile industry in France.
Having graduated from École Centrale Paris, he was employed by Jean-Louis Périn in a firm that produced wood-working machines, where Panhard met Emile Levassor.
After Périn's death, the two established their own firm, Panhard-Levassor, in 1887 which produced its first automobile in 1890.
He was also a mayor of Thiais in the departement Val-de-Marne. In Paris, a street in the 13th arrondissement is named after him.
René Panhard died in 1908 and was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.