If someone asked you to think of famous and fantastical inventions from history, and their creators, one cannot help but recall the renowned inventor, Leonardo da Vinci.
If someone asked you to think of famous and fantastical inventions from history, and their creators, one cannot help but recall the renowned inventor, Leonardo da Vinci. In another era, such a man could have easily surpassed the record for the number of patents filed before the INPI. As early as the beginning of the 16th century, the brilliant Florentine was already designing a parachute made from wood and canvas, though there is no record of it ever having been tested.
The parachute was first tested and christened by its inventor.
The parachute was first tested and christened by its inventor, Louis-Sébastien Lenormand, who originally tested his idea by jumping out of a tree using two modified umbrellas. Following this questionable triumph, he then made the first recorded successful parachute jump in 1783. While holding onto a cloth parachute with a rigid wooden frame he lept from the top of the Montpellier observatory and floated safely to the ground.
The veteran balloonist cut his parachute free from an unmanned balloon…
Yet the first actual parachutist is considered to be André-Jacques Garnerin. He first designed and regularly used his own parachute to float to the ground from high altitudes in relative. His initial test occurred on October 22nd, 1797, as part of a dramatic unveiling wherein the veteran balloonist cut his parachute free from an unmanned balloon and spun violently to the ground. The test was considered a complete success in the inventor’s eyes, even with the minor detail of a broken ankle, since he had the rather profitable idea of charging an entrance fee to the spectators.
His wife, Jeanne Geneviève, was equally rash; in 1799 she attempted the big jump herself and so became the first female parachutist. She also played an indispensable role in another aspect of her husband’s invention by filing a patent in his name in 1802. In doing so, she secured the future of his innovation, which allowed them to live comfortable lives through its exclusive use while giving them plenty of time to pursue further research.

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