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Eilmer (b. c. 985, d. after 1066), pioneer of man-powered flight, was probably born in the 980s, dying not long after 1066. He was a monk of Malmesbury and all that is known of him is told by his fellow-monk William of Malmesbury...


O'Gorman, Mervyn Joseph Pius (1871–1958), electrical and aircraft engineer, was born in Ireland on 19 December 1871, the son of Edmund A. O'Gorman of Harrogate, Yorkshire. After attending Downside School he read classics and science at University College, Dublin, before proceeding, in 1891, to the ...


Spicer [married name Pearse], Dorothy Norman (1908–1946), aviator and aeronautical engineer, was born on 31 July 1908 at Hadley Wood, Middlesex, the only daughter of Norman Spicer (d. 1936), a stockbroker, and his wife, Hilda Mary Sisterson. She was educated at the ...


Dorothy Norman Spicer (1908–1946) by Bassano, 1938 © National Portrait Gallery, London