(26 Aug 1740 - 26 Jun 1810)
French inventor and balloonist.
Science Quotes by Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (1 quote)
We will build a machine that will fly.
— Joseph-Michel Montgolfier
As written in quotation marks by Pierre Lecomte du Noüy in Between Knowing and Believing (1967), 160, as a remark made to his brother, Jacques Montgolfier, in Spring 1783. The quote is also included in Isaac Asimov and Jason A. Shulman, Isaac Asimovs Book of Science and Nature Quotations (1988), 4. Neither gives a citation. Because the quote is not more widely published, Webmaster doubts its authenticity, and has been unable to verify from an original source. Please contact Webmaster if you know a primary source.
- - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Montgolfier's birth. 26 Aug
- Joseph-Michel Montgolfier on More forToday in Science History page.