Gogu Constantinescu, Son Of Craiova - Romania's Exponent
Professor Gheorghe Manolea
University of Craiova
Centre of Innovation and Technological Transfer CITT
Abstract: The paper presents, shortly, Gogu Constantinescu, his life
and his achievements. A model of engineer educated in schools of Craiova and
Bucharest, and based on an exceptional mathematical knowledge, he has set
the theoretical basis of reinforced concrete buildings and of transmission
of mechanical power to distance through oscillations which propagate in
continuous environments (liquid or solid) due to their elasticity.
At 45, he was already famous. The British magazine “The Graphycs”, in its
issue of January 26th, 1926, mentions him among the 17 most well-known world
scientists between 1900-1925, together with Einstein, Lord Kelvin, Marconi
His recognition is also proven by the number of Patents of invention he has
• in England – 114 patents of invention
• in the USA – 45 patents
• in France – 18 patents
• in Romania – 5 patents
The most prolific field of his technical and scientific activity is the
The first application in sonicity was the sonic machine gun.
Gogu Constantinescu won a contest launched by the British Admiralty, and, in
august 1916, there were performed the first tests with an airplane equipped
with something new that would become the Constantinesco Fire Control Gear or
“C.C. Gear” for short.
By the end of the WWI, over 50,000 American and British airplanes were
equipped with such systems. As an appreciation of his results, the British
government built for Gogu Constantinescu in West Drayton, in 1918, a very
large laboratory for researches and practical applications in sonicity,
laboratory called “the Sonic Plants”.
In 1961 he was awarded the doctor honoris causa Diploma by the Polytechnic
Institute of Bucharest (the former National School of Bridges and Roads,
where he had graduated his academic studies).
Gogu Constantinescu’s activity can be a model in the contemporary
engineering education as it is based on theory and practical application.
Brief Biography of the Speaker:
Name: Gheorghe Manolea
Date and place of birth: 9 March 1948, Deleni, Mehedinti, Romania
Marital Status: Married
University Studies: Technical University Of Petrosani, 1970
Dissertation: A Contribution to Intrinsic Safety protection of the
Automation and Telemechanic Elements in Explosive Atmosphere, 1981,
Affiliation: University of Craiova, Romania, Faculty of Engineering in
Electromechanics and Environment
Didactic Rank: University professor teaching:- Electromechanical Drives,
Basics of the creative research
Scientific secretary of the Professors Board of the Electromechanical
The head of the Electromechanical department since 1992
The head of the Innovation Center and Technological Transfer of Romania