Montgolfier, Jacques-Étienne

Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, French inventor, 1746-1799

Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier and his brother Joseph-Michel were the inventors of the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon, "globe aérostatique". The brothers succeeded in launching the first piloted ascent, carrying Étienne into the sky. Later, in December 1783, in recognition of their achievement, their father Pierre was elevated to the nobility and the hereditary appellation of de Montgolfier by King Louis XVI of France. Both of them were freemason in Les Neuf Soeurs lodge in Paris. The Montgolfier Company still exists in Annonay (Ardèche, France).