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Charles Stewart Rolls
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    (August 27, 1877-July 12, 1910)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Automotive and aviation pioneer
    Co-founder of Rolls-Royce (1906)
    First Briton killed in an airplane crash
    He was born into the wealthy aristocracy.
    Although he had majored in Mechanical and Applied Science at Cambridge, his duties at Rolls-Royce were sales and publicity, while Henry Royce handled the engineering.
    He quit Rolls-Royce after unsuccessfully trying to convince Royce to design aircraft engines.
    Ironically, by the 1920s, aircraft engines had passed cars as Rolls-Royce's principal business.
    He was a founding member of the Automobile Club of Great Britain (1897) and the Royal Aero Club (1903).
    He set a world land speed record of 93 mph (1903).
    He was the first pilot to fly across the English Channel and back non-stop (June 2, 1910).
    His exploits had made him so famous that debate in the House of Lords was interrupted to announce his death.

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