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Franz Xaver Gabelsberger (February 9, 1789 – January 4, 1849, both in Munich) was a German inventor of a shorthand writing system, named Gabelsberger shorthand after him.
Gabelsberger, employed as typist by the Bavarian government, started to develop a new shorthand system at age of 28. His system was first fully described in the textbook Anleitung zur deutschen Redezeichenkunst oder Stenographie (1834) and became rapidly used.