Category: Croatia Innovations

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Franjo Kajfež

Franjo Kajfež He was a doctor of chemical sciences, was the owner of 88 patents and the author of 150 scientific papers, maker of the Valium, world’s best-known antidepressant (Apaurin –registered name in Croatia –a paure – against fear). He was a…

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Faust Vrančić

Fausto Veranzio (Croatian: Faust Vrančić; Hungarian and Vernacular Latin: Verancsics Faustus) was a polymath and bishop from Šibenik, then part of the Venetian Republic and today part of Croatia. Life Family history Fausto’s uncle, Antonio, engraved by Martin Rota. Fausto…

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Giovanni (Ivan) Biagio Luppis von Rammer

Giovanni (Ivan) Biagio Luppis von Rammer (27 August 1813 – 11 January 1875), sometimes also known by the Croatian name of Vukić, was an officer of the Austro-Hungarian Navy who developed the first prototypes of the self-propelled torpedo. Early years…

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Slavoljub Eduard Penkala

Slavoljub Eduard Penkala (20 April 1871 – 5 February 1922) was a Croatian engineer and inventor of Dutch-Polish-Jewish descent. “Penkala-Moster” pen and pencil company in Zagreb Eduard Penkala was born in Liptovský Mikuláš (in what is now Slovakia), to Franciszek Pękała,…

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