"a hat of the kind worn by Alberto Santos-Dumont"
Alberto Santos-Dumont 1873-1932
Public DomainAlberto Santos-Dumont 1873-1932 - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Born in the Brazilian town of Palmira in 1873, Alberto Santos-Dumont was a pioneer of aviation who designed, built and flew one of the first dirigibles (also known as airships). He went on to win the Deutsch de la Meurthe prize on  a flight that rounded the Eiffel Tower in 1901, and he made the first European public flight of an airplane in 1906.

Sadly, it is believed that Santos-Dumont hanged himself in the city of Guarujá in São Paulo in 1932, after suffering from multiple sclerosis and being deeply disturbed by the use of aircraft in warfare. He is remembered for wearing a panama-like hat, seen pictured here and referred to in The History of Love.