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Merrill, Albert Adams

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(1873-1952) US airplane designer, founder of the Boston Aeronautical Society in 1894, a solo pilot from 1911; a wind tunnel, built according to his specifications at Caltech in the 1940s, was dedicated to him in 1950. He is the author of a well-known Utopia, The Great Awakening: The Story of the Twenty-Second Century (1899), in which a nineteenth-century American, reincarnated into the body of a man named Pangloss (see Identity Transfer; Voltaire) is guided through the Technological wonderland the USA has become 200 years in the future, with an emphasis on Inventions that have improved Transportation: including electric cars and advanced aircraft, which the protagonist soon learns to fly. Everyone is paid the same, the state owns all property, and happiness seems rife; Edward Bellamy is a palpable influence. [JC]

Albert Adams Merrill

born Hyde Park, Massachusetts: 23 October 1873

died Los Angeles, California: 1 June 1952

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