Gleb Kotelnikov

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Birthday
30, 1872
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Nov 22, 1944 (72)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
30, 1872
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Nov 22, 1944 (72)

About

Inventor of the first knapsack parachute, which saved countless pilots' lives.

Before Fame

He witnessed a talented pilot fall to his death, which got him to thinking about ways to prevent such horrors in the future.

Trivia

His first parachute was in use during World War I and further refinements came just in time for World War II.

Family Life

His father taught math and physics, and his mother was a talented artist.

Associated With

His work was anticipated by Leonardo da Vinci who had schematics of early parachutes, but unlike Kotelnikov's, they did not fold up into a backpack.