Edgar E. Wilson
|Edgar E. Wilson|
Pimlico, Middlesex, England
|Died||1933 (aged 56–57)|
Chelsea, London, England
Edgar Ernest Wilson was a British aviation enthusiast who promoted amateur schemes for various flying machines, and is particularly interesting for his fanciful proposals of mounting polar expeditions by air balloon and his concept of "ether ships" that would travel to the planet Venus.
Wilson's Polar Balloons
- "POLAR BALLOONS. Another Daring Scheme.", The Middlesex Courier (Middlesex, London): 6, 1897-08-27, http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/35671164/, "PRESENTLY the air about the North Pole will be so thick with balloons that explorers will be bumping each other out of position, and the terrified polar bear will be choked to death by gas, and traffic inspectors will have to be appointed to keep order in the congested air. Mr. Edgar E. Wilson, of Cumberland Street, Pimlico, is confident that he has thought out something that will make the Pole as easy to reach as Leicester Square."
- Wilson, Edgar E. (1897-09-03), "A Method of Controlling the Temperature of a Balloon", English Mechanic and World of Science (1693): 61-63, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.c2631594;view=1up;seq=79
Wilson's Ether Ship
- "VISIT VENUS IN ETHER SHIP. London Inventor Would Sail on Trip to Sister Planet.", Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York): 29, 1913-11-09, http://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/54216509/, "A London inventor named Edgar E. Wilson is responsible for an attempt to carry the idea of interplanetary communication into practical effect. He considers that the planet Venus, which approaches the earth more closely than does any other planet, is the most suitable world with which to open communication, and he suggests that an "ether ship" should be built which shall make the journey. He is now constructing a small "ether ship," which will be sent into space by itself, and which will serve as an experimental pioneer of the one to be afterward built. His proposal is largely theoretical at the present time, and is not likely to be favorably received by practical astronomers."
- "An Ether Ship From the Earth to Venus.", Evening star (Washington, D.C.): 1, 1914-01-10, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1914-01-10/ed-1/seq-11/, "An invention still in the experimental stage, but one which is attracting considerable attention in scientific and lay circles, involves the construction of an ether ship to travel from the earth to Venus and the other planets. The would-be inventor is E. E. Wilson of Pimlico, London, who hopes that even Mars could be reached in time. Venus has been selected as the first planet to be investigated because the general agreement among astronomers that she bears a closer resemblance to the earth than the other planets. Some critics, however, doubt the value of the invention. Granting that an ether vesel could be launched into space and attracted to Venus, her passenger or passengers would roast to death, and thus prevent the world from ever getting a report of the strange planetary explorations. On the other hand, hardy citizens of Venus who ventured a journey to the earth would die of cold. It is also claimed that any vessel capable of resisting the retarding attraction of the earth would rush to the arms of Venus at a speed so great that it would be driven miles into the ground of the planet."
Letters by Wilson on a Venusian Voyage
- Wilson, Edgar E. (1913-09-05), "Is Interplanetary Communicable Practicable?", English Mechanic and World of Science 98 (2528): 130-131, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924069709552;view=1up;seq=152
- Wilson, Edgar E. (1913-10-10), "The Question of Interplanetary Communication", English Mechanic and World of Science 98 (2533): 245, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924069709552;view=1up;seq=269
- Wilson, Edgar E. (1916-02-11), "Interplanetary Communication — Soaring Flight — Steam Motor-Cycles", English Mechanic and World of Science 103 (2655): 52, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924069709602;view=1up;seq=66
- Wilson, Edgar E. (1916-09-29), "Experimental Research in Interplanetary Communication", English Mechanic and World of Science 103 (2688): 52, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924069709610;view=1up;seq=210