On This Day In Chemistry

June 15th

French chemistry and physics teacher Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier died on this day in 1785

Pilâtre de Rozier was a pioneer of aviation, but he and his partner Pierre Romain were sadly killed when trying to cross the English Channel in a hot air balloon fuelled by hydrogen. Their balloon deflated and crash-landed just 5 km away from the starting point.

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