Concrete bridge in Carol Park, Bucharest, designed by G. Constantinescu and dedicated in 1906. It was the first concrete bridge with straight beams in Romania. [1 ]
George (Gogu) Constantinescu ( Romanian pronunciation: , first name's diminutive is [ˈd͡ʒe̯ord͡ʒe konstantiˈnesku] Gogu, last name also Constantinesco; October 4, 1881 - December 11, 1965) was a Romanian scientist, engineer and inventor. During his career, he registered over 130 inventions. He is the creator of the , a new branch of theory of sonics continuum mechanics, in which he described the transmission of mechanical energy through vibrations.
Craiova in "the Doctor's House" near the Mihai Bravu Gardens, he was influenced by his father George, born in 1844 (a professor of mathematics and engineering science, specialized in mathematics at the Sorbonne University). Gogu Constantinescu settled in the United Kingdom in 1912. He was an honorary member of the Romanian Academy.
Among his inventions are a mechanical
torque converter, a sonic engine and a hydraulic machine-gun synchronization gear – which allowed airplane-mounted guns to shoot between the spinning blades of the propeller). The Constantinesco synchronization gear (or "CC" gear) was first used operationally on the D.H.4s of No. 55 squadron R.F.C. from March 1917, during World War I, and rapidly became standard equipment, replacing a variety of mechanical gears. It continued to be used by the Royal Air Force until World War II – the Gloster Gladiator being the last British fighter to be equipped with "CC" gear.
He was the designer of the
, a Constantinesco French-manufactured car, and of the Constanţa Mosque (a project completed by the architect Victor Ştefănescu).
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