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Thaddeus Lowe

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Thaddeus Lowe
BornThaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt Lowe
August 20, 1832
Jefferson Mills, Coos County, New Hampshire, U.S.
DiedJanuary 16, 1913 (age 80)
Pasadena, California
Resting placeMountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum, Los Angeles County, California

Thaddeus Lowe (August 20, 1832 - January 16, 1913), also known as Professor T. S. C. Lowe, was a magician, an American Civil War aeronaut, scientist and inventor, mostly self-educated in the fields of chemistry, meteorology, and aeronautics, and the father of military aerial reconnaissance in the United States..[1]


Around 1850, Lowe saw a performance of Professor Reginald B. Dincklehoff. After being a volunteer from the audience, Dincklehoff asked Lowe if he would like to return for a few more evenings at a modest salary as his assistant. At the end of the week the show closed and Thad left town with the show as a permanent employee and student. After two years of traveling on the road, Professor Dincklehoff decided to retire, and Thaddeus stepped in and bought the show. He performed under the name of "Professor Coulincourt (or Carlincourt)".[2] By 1854 Lowe had decided on a career in ballooning.[3]


  1. Poleskie, Stephen, "The Balloonist: The Story of T. S. C. Lowe---Inventor, Scientist, Magician, and Father of the U.S. Air Force." Frederic C. Beil, 2007.
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