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  1. Samuel Pierpont Langley (August 22, 1834 – February 27, 1906) was an American aviation pioneer, astronomer and physicist who invented the bolometer. He was the third secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and a professor of astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was the director of the Allegheny Observatory.

  2. Aug 18, 2023 · Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astrophysicist and aeronautical pioneer who developed new instruments with which to study the Sun and built the first powered heavier-than-air machine of significant size to achieve sustained flight. Following his education at the Boston Latin School, Langley.

  3. Jun 12, 2018 · The Man Who Almost Beat the Wrights Into the Air. More than 100 years ago, Samuel Langley's team of specialists from the Smithsonian Institution proved to a small group of astonished observers that powered flight was possible. But they still had to prove that their Aerodrome could safely carry a man into the sky.

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  5. Who was Langley and what did he do? Samuel Pierpont Langley was born in 1834 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He was the son of Samuel Langley and Mary Williams; Langley's father was a merchant in Boston. The Langleys came from old English stock, including the Mather and Adams families.

  6. Samuel Pierpont Langley was the Smithsonian’s third Secretary, from 1887 to 1906. Born in 1834 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, he attended the Boston Latin School. He took up "new astrophysics" and was appointed director of the Allegheny Observatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  7. Samuel Langley was one of America's most accomplished scientists. His work as an astronomy, physics, and aeronautics pioneer was highly regarded by the international science community.

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