Lawrence Hargrave

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Lawrence Hargrave (1850–1918) was an Australian aero inventor best known for his experiments with kites.

Hargrave was born in England and moved to New South Wales to join his family in 1865. He worked for five years as an apprentice at the Australasian Steam Navigation Co.[1]

Hargrave was inspired by the work of European and American aero inventors like Octave Chanute and kept up to date with their progress through correspondence and reading. He was opposed to the system of patents on principle and for this reason published all of his work in the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales.[1]

He became a member of the Aeronautical Society of Great Britain on June 10, 1897.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Amirah Inglis, "Hargrave, Lawrence (1850–1915)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9, (MUP), 1983
  2. Aeronautical Journal, Vol. 1., No. 3, July 1897, p. 1.

Names Lawrence Hargrave
Birth date 1850
Death date 1918
Countries AU
Locations New South Wales?
Tech areas Kite, Airfoil, Propulsion
Affiliations Aeronautical Society of Great Britain
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