Henri Coandă

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Henri Coandă

Henri Coandă in 1967
Born Henri Marie Coandă
June 7, 1886(1886-06-07)
Bucharest, Romania
Died November 25, 1972(1972-11-25) (aged 86)
Bucharest, Romania
Occupation Engineer, inventor, aviation pioneer
Parents Aida (née Danet) and Constantin Coandă

Henri Marie Coandă (7 June 1886 – 25 November 1972) was a inventor, aerodynamics pioneer and builder of an experimental aircraft from Romania. The Coandă-1910, made by Coanda is sometimes considered to be first jet.[1] This infomration has also created controversies.[2] He invented a number of devices, he also designed "flying saucer" and discovered the Coandă effect of fluid dynamics.[3] During World War 2, he lived in occupied France.[4]

In 1969, he got back to Romania, he served as director of the Institute for Scientific and Technical Creation (INCREST), in 1971 he recorganized with professor Elie Carafoli, the Department of Aeronautical Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.

Coandă died in Bucharest on 25 November 1972. He was 86 years old, he is buried at Bellu cemetery.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Coanda 1910 Thermojet-Powered Aircraft (1910)". MilitaryFactory.com. 11/21/2012. http://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=682. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  2. Winter, Frank H. (1980). "Ducted Fan or the World's First Jet Plane? The Coanda claim re-examined". The Aeronautical journal (Royal Aeronautical Society) 84: 408. http://books.google.com/books?id=XkBWAAAAMAAJ.
  3. Martin Caidin, 'The Coanda Story', Flying Magazine, vo. 58, No. 5 (May 1956), pp. 33, 50, 54
  4. "Augmented Flow". Flight 50: 174. 15 August 1946. http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1946/1946%20-%201600.html?search=coanda.
  5. Catillon, Marcel (1997) (in French). Mémorial aéronautique: qui était qui?. Nouvelles Editions Latines. pp. 49–50. ISBN 2723305295. http://books.google.com/books?id=dpCCjvJ_fyQC&pg=PA49.