Štefan Banič

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About Štefan Banič Štefan Banič (23 November 1870 - 2 January 1941) ethnic Croat of today Slovakia inventor of the military parachute and of the first actually used parachute.Born on 23 November 1870 in Neštich, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary now part of Smolenice, Slovakia. Banič immigrated to the United States and worked as a coal miner in Greenville, Pennsylvania. Štefan constructed a prototype of a parachute in 1913 and tested it in Washington D.C. in front of the U.S. Patent Office and military representatives by jumping from a 41-floor building and subsequently from an airplane in 1914. Banič donated U.S. Patent (No. 1,108,484) to the U.S. Army. He received little fame or fortune for his invention. Although the idea of parachutes was known long ago, and Banič's invention is a radically different type of a parachute from the type known today (it was a kind of umbrella attached to the body), it was the first parachute known to be actively used—it was used by the US Air Force during World War I and saved the lives of many aviators. After World War I Banič returned to Slovakia.

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Rank Name Total
1. Stefan Anian Jedlik 1420
2. Štefan Banič 560
3. Joseph Petzval 45

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108. Mostafa Chamran 618
109. Lotfali Askar-Zadeh 605
110. Edwin Hubble 584
111. George Emil Palade 572
112. Štefan Banič 560
113. Jan Amos Komenský 555
114. Morteza Motahhari 527
115. Michio Kaku 515
116. Ejup Ganic 460

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