Biography of Octave Chanute (1832-1910)

French, naturalized American engineer, born in Paris (France) in 1832 and died in Chicago (United States) in 1910.

With 6 years (1838), he/she emigrated with his family to the United States, where he/she studied and got the diploma of engineer. He/She obtained the post of Chief Engineer on several railways in the West. He/She built some railway bridges of iron between 1867 and 1883, work that gained wide fame. From 1874 he/she devoted himself to the Aeronautics and made around 200 flights planned on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, along with his assistant A. M. Herring (1896-1897). Their instruments were perfected thanks to the works of Louis Mouillard. He/She worked and helped the Wright brothers (Wilbur and Orville, 1903) in its infancy with their gliders and its first aircraft.

Some of his works are: The Kansas City Bridge, in collaboration with J. Morison (1870), and Progress in Flying Machines (1894). The city of Chanute, in Neosho County, belonging to the State of Kansas, named in honor of this famous engineer.