Update: See end of post for link to original patent.
This morning I was looking through issues of The Square Deal from 1915 and came upon a very intriguing blurb.
So that set me off straight to Wikipedia.
But, surprisingly, there’s no entry for Louis Rota.
There is, however, a wiki for Louis Rota.
He was crucial in the development of radar, so he doesn’t seem to be a crackpot worthy of obscurity. [Third Update: See Comments.]
As for what’s mentioned in the blurb, that seems to be an Aero Radio Balistique.
Here is someone on YouTube with a failed engineering experiment of some of the work that would lead to developing a replica:
So, whatever happened to Rota’s work on that? And what of the other things that Rota worked on?
How could someone who was an actual engineer be so obscure and forgotten to the point that even Wikipedia — which contains just about everything — doesn’t even have an entry for him?
Here is the full page on which the blurb appears:
Update: The original patent — in French, Procédé et appareil pour maintenir un corps en suspension dans l’atmosphère, basé sur les forces électriques et magnétiques — for the thinking behind this can be viewed here.
Second Update: Some people have claimed this is crackpot science and that’s why Rota doesn’t have a Wikipedia page. I’d never heard of the guy until today. Had Tesla never given us AC, would he be seen as a crackpot? How long was Babbage considered a nutter? I’m not qualified to judge the science of this. I just found a weird article that I hoped other people might find interesting and could perhaps shed some light on what happened to the guy and the thing he allegedly built. Whether he was a crackpot or not, though, Wikipedia should make room for him, as it seems to do for everyone else, even the least productive among us — celebrities.