Famous Romanians


1897 - 1988

Ana Aslan

was a Romanian biologist and physician specialised in gerontology, founder of the first Institute of Geriatrics. She discovered the anti-aging effects of procaine and developed anti-aging medicines. She won several prizes and awards.

1876 - 1957

Constantin Brâncuși

was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer, pioneer of modern abstract sculpture, whose works in bronze and marble are characterized by a restrained, elegant use of pure form and exquisite finishing.

1867 - 1935

Sarmiza Bilcescu

was a Romanian lawyer, the first European woman ever to obtain a license and a PhD in Law from the University of Paris, and the first one in Romania to practice law.

1863 - 1934

Ioan Cantacuzino

was an academic, physician, microbiologist, university professor and the founder of the Romanian school of immunology and experimental pathology. His most important achievement was the cholera vaccine.

1886 - 1972

Henri Coandă

was the inventor of the first jet plane, called the Coandă-1910. He invented a great number of devices, designed a "flying saucer" and discovered the Coandă effect of fluid dynamics.

1961 -

Nadia Comaneci

is the first gymnast to have been awarded a perfect 10 score at the Olympic Games. She has won the Olympic gold medal five times and is one of the world's most famous gymnasts.

1920 - 2008

Sofia Ionescu-Ogrezeanu

was the first woman neurosurgeon in the world. She worked in the field of neurosurgery for 47 years.

1912 - 2008

George Emil Palade

was a Romanian scientist and physician, specialist in cellular biology. In 1974, he won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine along with Albert Claude and Christian de Duve. His innovations laid the foundations of modern molecular cell biology.

1872 - 195

Traian Vuia

was a Romanian inventor and aviation pioneer who designed, built and tested the first tractor monoplane. He was the first to demonstrate that a flying machine could rise into the air by running on wheels on an ordinary road.

1887 - 1973

Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu

was a Romanian engineer who was the first woman to obtain a degree in engineering.