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Gerald Bull
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    (March 9, 1928-March 22, 1990)
    Born in North Bay, Ontario, Canada
    Engineer and arms merchant
    Designed long-range artillery
    Founded the Space Research Corporation (1967)
    Assassinated outside his apartment in Brussels
    He was described as 'a difficult man, prickly and quick to take offense.'
    To finance his dream of using artillery to launch satellites, he became indiscriminate about who he would do business with.
    He was jailed for six months for violating the arms embargo against South Africa (1980).
    At the time of his death, he was working on a 'supergun' for Saddam Hussein.
    He ticked off enough people that no one is sure who killed him, with suspects including Israel's Mossad, the CIA, Britain's MI6, and the governments of Iraq, Chile and South Africa.
    He was admitted to the University of Toronto at age 16, and at age 23 became the youngest person to earn a PhD from the school. (A record that still stands as of 2013.)
    Using scrap parts and spending only $6,000 he built a wind tunnel capable of generating speeds up to Mach 4.
    By launching projectiles to a height of over 200,000 feet, he obtained some of the first data about conditions in the upper atmosphere.

Credit: C. Fishel

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