Lawrence Hargrave Biography
(Inventor & Explorer)
Birthday: January 29, 1850 (Aquarius)
Born In: Greenwich
Lawrence Hargrave was an Australian engineer, aviation pioneer, inventor, explorer, and astronomer. He was born and educated in England and immigrated to Australia at the age of 15. Very early in life, he became an explorer and undertook voyages to New Guinea in the 1870s. He later joined as an assistant astronomical observer at the Sydney Observatory. After inheriting his late father’s wealth in the mid 1880s, he gave up employment to focus on researching the difficulties of human flight. For this purpose, he observed and studied the flight of birds and insects. He developed several plane models in the late nineteenth century, and applied to them the principle of his inventions like the rotary engine and box kite. These discoveries formed the foundation of early aviation. As an inventor, he was extremely optimistic and constantly persevered towards his goals. He was also a humble and generous person as he never bothered to patent his various inventions. His only purpose was to contribute to the advancement of human knowledge. As with most pioneers, he was not sufficiently honoured during his lifetime but came to be regarded highly when his contribution to aviation history became evident.