The Way Home
Vol. 2, Iss.9

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Orville and Wilbur Wright

Aviation Pioneers

Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright were aviation pioneers and inventors who were born near Millville, Indiana.  They showed mechanical genius from boyhood. These two home-taught boys opened a bicycle sales and repair shop in Dayton, Ohio and a very young age (around 17) and soon were making and selling their own bicycles.

They loved to invent and had read about experiments with gliders which sparked their interest in flight, and they built their first glider in 1899, a biplane kite with wings that could be twisted mechanically. In 1900, the two brothers made their first trip to Kitty Hawk, NC to conduct glider experiments on the sand hills. They built their first wind tunnel and prepared their own tables of lift-pressures for various wing surfaces and wind speeds. They also built a powerful four-cylinder engine and an efficient propeller December 1903 Orville piloted it on a flight of 12 seconds and 120 feet; Wilbur flew later in the day, staying aloft for 59 seconds to cover 852 feet. The brothers built two sturdier, more reliable planes over the next two years, and in 1906 received a US patent for a powered aircraft. Initially they sold their plane to the British and French governments, but in 1908 the US War Department contracted for a Wright flying machine for the army. In 1909 they formed the American Wright Co and proceeded to manufacture their improved planes and to train pilots.  These two brothers made impossibility a reality, and travelers worldwide have enjoyed the benefits for years since.


Frederick Emmons Terman

American academic

He is sometimes referred to as one of the “fathers” of Silicon Valley. 

Though his early years were spent schooling at home he later went on to college and became a professor and provost at Stanford University. During his tenure as provost of the school, Terman greatly expanded the science, statistics and engineering departments and gained research grants from the Department of Defense. Dr. Terman was also a founding member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Terman earned a ScD in electrical engineering in 1924 from MIT. Terman also wrote Radio Engineering, which is one of the most important books on electrical and radio engineering, and still a good reference on those subjects.

Frederick Emmons Terman was awarded the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) Medal of Honor in 1950 for "his many contributions to the radio and electronic industry as teacher, author, scientist and administrator."