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Carl Friedrich Meerwein

Carl Friedrich Meerwein

German aviator and inventor
Carl Friedrich Meerwein
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Intro German aviator and inventor
A.K.A. Charles-Frédéric Meerwein
Was Engineer Civil engineer Aviator Pilot Aircraft pilot
From Germany
Type Engineering Military
Gender male
Birth 2 August 1737, Sasbach am Kaiserstuhl, Germany
Death 1810, Emmendingen, Germany (aged 72 years)
Star sign LeoLeo
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Biography

Carl Friedrich Meerwein (2 August 1737 in Leiselheim – 6 December 1810 in Emmendingen) was a German civil engineer and aviation pioneer.

He built flying devices with moving wings. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica he succeeded in flying with one of these devices, an ornithopter in 1781, at Giessen, Germany. Further attempts were less successful. There is a legend that he only survived one of his flights in 1784 because he hit exactly upon a dung pile.

"Meerwein, the architect of the Prince of Baden, built an orthopteric machine, and protested against the tendency of the aerostats which had just been invented." (Verne, Robur)

Meerwein died as a result of a fall from a horse.

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This article is based in part on material from the German Wikipedia.
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 10 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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https://books.google.com/books?id=OrfgvzGm3ScC&pg=PA164
http://www.lsg-breisgau.de
http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-64386
https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb14333022w
https://data.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb14333022w
https://d-nb.info/gnd/135682355
http://isni.org/isni/0000000061369961
https://viaf.org/viaf/43060471
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/viaf-43060471
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