Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935)

Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky was an outstanding Russian scientist, an indefatigable student, a man of great talent.

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was born to a middleclass family on September 17, 1857 in the village of Izhevskoe, Russia.

Scarlet fever left him almost totally deaf at the age of nine and forced him to end his formal education.

Konstantin was fortunate to have an educated mother who inspired his lifelong learning since he was but one of seventeen brothers and sisters.

He furthers his self-education in math, physical sciences, engineering and philosophy at a number of libraries throughout Moscow.

Tsiolkovsky earned a teaching certificate and spent his life as a provincial schoolteacher in remote areas of Russia. Despite his isolation from major scientific research centres Tsiolkovsky made significant contributions to the field of chemistry, physicals and astronautics.

Tsiolkovsky’s early interest in aeronautics stimulated his more visionary work involving the theory of space travel.

Tsiolkovsky’s first original calculations of rocket flight were made at the end of the 19th century and published in 1903.

His published a scientific paper –Investigations of Space by Means of Rockets- which set out for the first time the correct theory of rocket power.

Tsiolkovsky was the first person to suggest the concepts of multistage rockets and liquid fuels and he developed wind tunnels to study aerodynamics.
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935)

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