Gerald Bull

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Gerald Vincent Bull (March 9, 1928 – March 20, 1990) was a Canadian engineer who developed long-range artillery. He moved from project to project in his quest to economically launch a satellite using a huge artillery piece, to which end he designed the Project Babylon "supergun" for the Iraqi government. Bull was assassinated outside his apartment in Brussels, Belgium. It has been speculated that variously members of the Mossad, the CIA, the MI6, Chilean, Iraqi, Iranian, or South African government were behind the assassination.[1][2][3][4][5]

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Early life

Bull was born in North Bay, Ontario, to George and Gertrude Isabelle LaBrosse Bull. George Bull was from a family from the Trenton area and had moved to North Bay in 1903 to start a law firm. As a Catholic, LaBrosse would normally be forbidden from marrying Bull, as he was Anglican. The diocese of Sudbury contains a record showing Bull converted to Catholicism on 20 February 1909, and the two married three days later. As a result of these events, George Bull's family disowned their son for decades. Over the next few years the couple had a number of children, Bernice Gwendolyn Florence, Henry, Philis, Charles Esmond, Clyde, Vivian, Ronald, Frank, Gerald, and finally Gordon.

George Bull was offered the position of King's Counsel in 1928. The family was well off, and Bull was able to make investments for their future. All this was changed by the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and ensuing Great Depression. Within a year the loans Bull had taken to buy stocks on margin were called in, and the family was forced to move to Toronto to look for work.[clarification needed]

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