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The death-defying science of the aeronauts

Air ballooning is not as serene as you might think, and its history is filled with daring and dangerous journeys. Historian Tim Wingard explains how aeronauts James Glaisher and Henry Coxwell risked life and limb to better understand the science of the weather and tell the world about their discoveries.

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Tim Wingard is a PhD candidate in Medieval Studies at the University of York. Tim recently completed a REP placement supported by the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities on communications and public engagement at Wellcome Collection.