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|Born and raised
in Kent, William Congreve was educated in law at Trinity College, Cambridge.
After the use of gunpowder rockets by Indians against British troops during the later Mysore Wars against Tipu Sultan, Congreve was inspired to work on similar devices for use by the British military. By 1805 he considered his work sufficiently advanced to engage in two Royal Navy-run attacks on the French fleet at Boulogne, France, one that year and one the next. Parliament authorized Congreve to form