Otto Lilienthal

Karl Wilhelm Otto Lilienthal (1848 - 1896)

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Karl Wilhelm Otto (Otto) Lilienthal
Born in Anklam, Provinz Pommern, Königreich Preußenmap
Husband of — married in Döhlen, Freital, Königreich Sachsen, Deutsches Reichmap
[children unknown]
Died in Berlin, Deutschlandmap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Aug 2014 | Last significant change: 15 Nov 2018
16:26: Nicolas LaPointe edited the Biography for Otto Lilienthal. [Thank Nicolas for this]
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Categories: German Inventors | German Notables.


Otto Lilienthal is Notable.

Carl Wilhelm Otto Lilienthal was born on 23 May 1848 in Anklam, Provinz Pommern[1]. He was the son of Carl Lilienthal and Wilhelmine Pohle.

Otto died in Berlin on 10 August 1896, and was buried in Friedhof Lankwitz[2].

  • built gliders and gathered data[3] that the Wright Brothers eventually used, crediting him as a major inspiration[4]
  • 1896 died from a broken neck a day after losing control of his glider[4]
  • 7 siblings but only 3 survived to adulthood: Otto, Gustav & Marie[4]
  • children: Otto, Anna, Fritz & Frida
  • Airport in Berlin is named after him[4]


  1. "Deutschland, Preußen, Pommern, Kirchenbücher 1544-1945," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 31 March 2016), Carl Wilhelm Otto Lilienthal, 23 May 1848; citing Birth, Anklam, Anklam, Pommern, Prussia Germany, Landesarchiv Greifswald, Greifswald (Greifswald Provincial Archives, Greifswald); FHL microfilm 1,273,111.
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 28424388: Karl Wilhelm Otto Lilienthal
  3. "The Truth About 10 Famous Inventions." SciShow. 22 May 2016. (Web), accessed 11 June 2016
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Wikipedia: Otto Lilienthal, accessed 11 June 2016

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