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George Cayley
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Born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Born on 27th of December 1773
Died on 15th of December 1857

Born 1773. Died 1857 - Amateur scientist and aviation pioneer.


In 1808 constructed and flew a glider. Made thousands of model tests, in 1853 constructed the first successful manned glider. Interested in railway engineering and land reclamation methods. Invented artificial limbs, the caterpillar tractor and tension wheel. Helped found Regent Street Polytechnic in London (1839). Knighted

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http://www.ctie.monash.edu.au/hargrave/cayley.html Biography
http://www.richarddee.net Biographer - Richard Dee

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