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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

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.

By 1854, having worked for a time as an assistant to a traveling magician, Lowe had decided on a career in ballooning.[1]


  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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