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SCU Establishes Montgomery Medal for Distinguished Innovation in Aeronautics

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Few people know that John Montgomery (1858-1911), alumnus and professor of physics at Santa Clara, holds the distinction of being the first individual in America to pilot a glider under human control—20 years before the historic flights of the Wright Brothers. To recognize this seminal accomplishment, the School of Engineering is establishing the John Joseph Montgomery Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Innovation in Aeronautics.

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