The Life and Times of Samuel Pierpont Langley

Time Stars Sun Spots and Flying Machines

by Tom Imerito

At the foot of the escalator on the first floor of Wesley Posvar Hall at the University of Pittsburgh a stately memento of the earliest days of aeronautics hangs from the ceiling in testament to the genius of its inventor, Samuel Pierpont Langley.  Dr. Langley came to Pittsburgh in 1867 to serve as director of the Allegheny Observatory and professor of physics and astronomy at the University.  Langley’s scientific intuition, practical resourcefulness and an unrelenting inclination to look at things with a fresh eye made him famous around the world. [Continue Reading…]