Alexandru Ciurcu

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Engraving showing the device of Alexandru Ciurcu exploding on 16 December 1886

Alexandru Ciurcu (29 January 1854, Şercaia –22 January 1922, Bucharest) was a Romanian inventor and publisher, famous for his invention with Just Buisson of a reaction engine. It used rocket propulsion and was successfully used to power to boat in 1886.[1] The two men envisioned that such motors would later be used for air travel.

See also[edit]

  • Henri Coandă, another Romanian who invented the thermojet aircraft.