Lawrence Hargrave

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Birthday
29, 1850
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jul 14, 1915 (65)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
29, 1850
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jul 14, 1915 (65)

About

English-born aeronautical engineer, inventor, astronomer, and explorer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His best-known inventions include the box kite and the rotary engine.

Before Fame

He apprenticed at Australia's Australasian Steam Navigation Company and later worked as an assistant astronomer at the Sydney Observatory.

Trivia

Australia's Qantas airline named one of its aircraft in Hargrave's honor.

Family Life

He grew up in both England and Australia. His father, John Fletcher Hargrave, held office as Attorney General of New South Wales, Australia.

Associated With

His work inspired fellow inventor Alexander Graham Bell to experiment with designs for tetrahedral kites.