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Sir William Congreve
(20 May 1772 - 16 May 1828)

English artillery officer and inventor who is remembered for his invention of military rockets, but had a variety of other innovations and held 18 patents.



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What opposite discoveries we have seen!
(Signs of true genius, and of empty pockets.)
One makes new noses, one a guillotine,
One breaks your bones, one sets them in their sockets;
But vaccination certainly has been
A kind antithesis to Congreve's rockets, ...
Don Juan (1819, 1858), Canto I, CCXXIX, 35. Referring to Edward Jenner's work on vaccination (started 14 May 1796), later applied by Napoleon who caused his soldiers to be vaccinated. Sir William Congreve's shells, invented in 1804, proved very effective at the battle of Leipzig (1813).
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See also:
  • 20 May - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Congreve's birth.
  • Sir William Congreve - Obituary - Gentleman's Magazine (1828)
  • Commodore Squib: The Life, Times and Secretive Wars of England's First Rocket Man, Sir William Congreve, by James Earle. - book suggestion.
  • Booklist for Sir William Congreve.

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