Hargrave

/ˈhagreɪv/ (say 'hahgrayv)

noun
Lawrence, 1850–1915, Australian aeronautical pioneer and explorer, born in England; his experiments with models and kites contributed to development of later aeroplanes.
Lawrence Hargrave arrived in Sydney in 1865 and hoped for a legal career but, having failed to matriculate, was apprenticed in the engineering shops of the Australian Steam Navigation Company in Sydney in 1867. From 1872 to 1877 he took part in a series of expeditions to New Guinea, and from 1877 to 1883 was an astronomical observer at Sydney Observatory. Hargrave then concentrated on research into the principles of flight, achieving his first successful experiment on 31 December 1884. On 12 November 1894, using four box kites, he lifted himself 4.8 metres above the ground at Stanwell Park, south of Sydney. Although never achieving controlled manned flight, Hargrave produced a body of aeronautical knowledge which was used by many aviation pioneers.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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