Friday, December 23, 2016

Profile: Otto Lilienthal

Suggestion by Norman from Bellerose, NY.


  1. Interesting side note: there is a different Lilenthal name of note in the history of technology... Julius Lilienthal (Jewish), whose transistor patents were filed in 1926, 1928, and 1931. The later famous Brittain, Bardeen, and Shockley had most of their patents rejected many years later on the basis of Lilienfeld's prior art. True story!

  2. The Wright Bros corresponded with Lilenthal for many years and noted a mistake in his calculations, which lead to his demise. Nevertheless, his research helped the Wright Bros achieve their success. The Wright Bros sent $ for many years to Lilenthal's widow in appreciation for his help. And no, this has nothing to do with being Jewish or not, but I am a history geek. The story of the Wright Bros, et al., is fascinating!

  3. You could say that the Wright Brothers allowed Otto Lilienthal's theories to "take flight" !