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JEAN F. PICCARD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/19/1938 - HFSID 264328

TLS: "Jean Piccard", 1p, 8½x11. University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology, Minneapolis, 1938 March 19. To the A.N. Marquis Company, Chicago, thanking them for their "invitation to send data about myself in connection with your new edition of Who's Who in America....…"

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JEAN PICCARD. TLS: "Jean Piccard", 1p, 8½x11. University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology, Minneapolis, 1938 March 19. To the A.N. Marquis Company, Chicago, thanking them for their "invitation to send data about myself in connection with your new edition of Who's Who in America...." Jean Piccard (1884-1963), like his twin brother Auguste, was interested from an early age in high altitude balloon flight. Jean and his wife, Jeannette, made a balloon ascension from Dearborn, Michigan in 1934 and reached an altitude of 57,979 feet. During the course of this night, they tested a liquid oxygen system. As a result of the experience gained on this night, Jean was instrumental in the development of a liquid oxygen converter for use in balloons and high-flying aircraft. In 1936, he developed and launched the first plastic film balloon, which was the forerunner of modern balloons. He later devised the multiple balloon concept and in 1937 made the first manned ascent utilizing multiple balloons. He was also instrumental in the design of polyethylene high altitude balloons which permitted successful manned flights to altitudes in excess of 100,000 feet. Lightly creased and soiled. Receipt stamp "Mar 21 1938" at lower blank margin. Overall, fine condition.

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