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Greer, Tom

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

Working name of Irish surgeon Thomas Greer (1846/1847-1904) for his writing; he lived in the UK from about 1880. In his A Modern Daedalus (1885) an Irish lad invents a one-man flying device (see Inventions; Transportation) which straps to the shoulders. The UK Government attempts to persuade him to use it against Ireland. Though he longs simply for peace, UK military action forces him onto the side of the revolutionaries, and a squadron of Irish fliers gains independence (see Pax Aeronautica) for their oppressed island home. [JC]

Thomas Greer

born County Down, Ireland: 1846/1847

died Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: 21 May 1904

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