Gleb Kotelnikov

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Date of Birth January 30, 1872
Place of Birth Russia
Date of Death Nov 22, 1944 (72)
Horoscope Aquarius

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Gleb Kotelnikov

Gleb Yevgeniyevich Kotelnikov, was the Russian-Soviet inventor of the knapsack parachute, and braking parachute.

About Gleb Kotelnikov

Inventor of the first knapsack parachute, which saved countless pilots' lives.

Before Fame

He witnessed a talented pilot fall to his death, which got him to thinking about ways to prevent such horrors in the future.


His first parachute was in use during World War I and further refinements came just in time for World War II.

Family Life

His father taught math and physics, and his mother was a talented artist.


His work was anticipated by Leonardo da Vinci who had schematics of early parachutes, but unlike Kotelnikov's, they did not fold up into a backpack.

Information related to Gleb Kotelnikov

  • Soviet inventors
  • Parachuting
  • 20th-century scientists
  • Russian scientists
  • Russian inventors
  • Burials at Novodevichy Cemetery
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Latest information about Gleb Kotelnikov updated on November 25, 2020.

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