Alexander Graham Bell
"The brilliance of his intellect, applied without reserve to the mystery of manned flight, was a prime factor in the birth of North America's aviation industry and has proven to be of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation."
Alexander Graham Bell, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and moved to Ontario with his parents in 1870. In 1876 he invented the forerunner of the modern telephone and the gramophone. He began experimenting with rocket-powered propellers in 1891 (modern day helicopter rotors) and began designing huge man-carrying tetrahedral kites. Later, J.A.D. McCurdy, F.W. Baldwin and Bell formed the Aerial Experiment Association which designed Canada's first heavier-than-air machine.
Bell, credited as the father of Canadian aviation, designed the Baddeck 1 and 2 and the Silver Dart. In the early 1900s, Bell also invented the first successful hydrofoil craft as a result of his research in aerodynamics.
Born: 3 Mar 1847, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 2 Aug 1922