Henri Giffard
Henri Giffard

Celebrity Profile

Name: Henri Giffard
Occupation: Engineer
Gender: Male
Birth Day: February 8, 1825
Death Date: Apr 14, 1882 (age 57)
Age: Aged 57
Country: France
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Social Accounts

Height: in centimeters - N/A
Weight: in kg - N/A
Eye Color: N/A
Hair Color: N/A
Blood Type N/A
Tattoo(s) N/A

Henri Giffard

Henri Giffard was born on February 8, 1825 in France (57 years old). Henri Giffard is an Engineer, zodiac sign: Aquarius. Find out Henri Giffardnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He applied the principles of steam power to build the first controllable passenger-carrying aircraft.

Does Henri Giffard Dead or Alive?

As per our current Database, Henri Giffard died on Apr 14, 1882 (age 57).

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020


Salary 2020

Not known

Before Fame

He made his fortune with the invention of the steam injector, that prevented steam engine boilers from running out of water.

Biography Timeline


Giffard was born in Paris in 1825. He invented the injector and the Giffard dirigible, an airship powered with a steam engine and weighing over 180 kg (400 lb). It was the world's first passenger-carrying airship (then known as a dirigible, from French). Both practical and steerable, the hydrogen-filled airship was equipped with a 3 hp steam engine that drove a propeller. The engine was fitted with a downward-pointing funnel. The exhaust steam was mixed in with the combustion gases and it was hoped by these means to stop sparks rising up to the gas bag; he also installed a vertical rudder.


On 24 September 1852, Giffard made the first powered and controlled flight travelling 27 km from Paris to Élancourt. The wind was too strong to allow him to make way against it, so he was unable to return to the start. However, he was able to make turns and circles, proving that a powered airship could be steered and controlled.


Giffard was granted a patent for the injector on 8 May 1858. Unusually, he had thoroughly worked out the theory of this invention before making any experimental instrument, having explained the idea in 1850. Others had worked on using jets, particularly Eugène Bourdon who patented a very similar device in 1857.


In 1863, he was appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.


In response to his declining eyesight, Giffard committed suicide in 1882, leaving his estate to the nation for humanitarian and scientific purposes.

Family Life

Henri chose to leave his estate to the people rather than to his family.

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Henri Giffard is 197 years, 7 months and 20 days old. Henri Giffard will celebrate 198th birthday on a Wednesday 8th of February 2023. Below we countdown to Henri Giffard upcoming birthday.


Henri Giffard trends


  1. Who is Henri Giffard ?
  2. How rich is Henri Giffard ?
  3. What is Henri Giffard 's salary?
  4. When is Henri Giffard 's birthday?
  5. When and how did Henri Giffard became famous?
  6. How tall is Henri Giffard ?
  7. Who is Henri Giffard 's girlfriend?
  8. List of Henri Giffard 's family members?

You might intereintereststed in

  1. Top 20 Engineer celebrities in British
  2. Top 20 Engineer celebrities in England
  3. Top 20 Engineer celebrities in France
  4. Top 20 Engineer celebrities in Germany
  5. Top 20 Engineer celebrities in Hungary
  6. Top 20 Engineer celebrities in India