Nicolas Florine was born in Batumi, Georgia, Russia back in 1891 to Anatole and Aimee. He studied mathematics at the university. He served in the military but I can’t find out when and where however he was discharged in 1914. He fled to Helsinki before settling in Belgium 1920 due to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
He worked for the Aeronautical Administration at the Hotel des Monnaies in Saint-Gilles. In 1926, he was placed in charge of the Aerodynamics Center where he was involved in Belgium’s first wind tunnel. From the work, he performed on the wind tunnel, he applied for and received several patents (more on that in a moment).
He continued working for the Aeronautical Administration until his retirement in 1956. He died in Brussels in 1972, he was 81.
What you may not know about Nicolas is that the patents he received was for the first built tandem rotor helicopter to fly freely in 1933. Of course, a lot of improvements have been made but the concept remains all related to Nicolas.
Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift of a smile today