Henry Coxwell, British aeronaut

Henry Coxwell, British aeronaut

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Caption: Henry Coxwell (1819-1900). 1867 illustration of the British aeronaut Henry Tracey Coxwell. Coxwell, a qualified dentist, became a professional aeronaut in 1848. By 1862 he had made over 400 ascents and in that year he piloted the balloon for the Greenwich Observatory Superintendent of Meteorology James Glaisher, to take barometric and other measurements at increasing altitudes. This was the first of a number of such voyages, and they later attained the greatest height recorded, nearly 12,000 metres.

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