Biographical entry Brennan, Louis (1852 - 1932)
- 28 January 1852
- 17 January 1932
- Mechanical engineer and Inventor
Louis Brennan invented a torpedo propelled by counter-rotating screws, a monorail locomotive with gyroscopic stabilisers and a helicopter.
Born Castlebar, Ireland, 28 January 1852. Died Montreux, Switzerland, 17 January 1932. CB 1892. Arrived Melbourne 1861. Watchmaker; apprentice engineer; developed a torpedo 1874 which was patented 1877, awarded 110,000 pounds in 1887 when the torpedo was accepted by the War Office in Britain; superintendent of the government factory, Gillingham, Kent, established to manufacture the torpedo 1887-96, consulting engineer 1896-1907; invented a monorail locomotive with gyroscopic stabilisers, model shown 1907, public trial at Gillingham 1909, rejected by the government; ministry of munitions during world War I; Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough 1919-26, working on the development of the helicopter, but model crashed on a trial run October 1925. Foundation member, National Academy of Ireland 1922.
- Sandow, Mary, 'Brennan, Louis (1852-1932)', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 3, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1969, pp. 223-224. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A030208b.htm. Details
- Brennan, Louis, 'Monorail railways (Letter & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VIII, 1908, pp. 127-130. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24399. Details
- Beauchamp, David, 'The world's first guided missile: A Victorian invention', in From the Past to the Future: 18th Australian Engineering Heritage Conference 2015 [Newcastle], Engineers Australia, Barton, ACT, 2015, pp. 62-71, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=696560494961022;res=IELENG. Details
- 'Brennan, Louis (1852-1932)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1469676. Details
- Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/index_b.html. Details
Created: 20 October 1993, Last modified: 3 February 2010
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