Peter Florjančič was born in Bled, Kingdom of Yugoslavia back in 1919. When he was sixteen, he was the youngest member of the Yugoslav skiing team. In 1943, during the Nazi occupation of Slovenia fearing he would be called to serve the German Army he and a friend decided to take a skiing trip to Kitzbuehel, Austria.
He was able to fake his own death, escaping over the border into Switzerland. The Germans caught up to him and placed him in an internment camp. While there he invented a loom that was used to help disabled servicemen.
After the war in 1950, he moved to Monte Carlo where he invented the perfume atomizer. He has lived in Monaco, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. He has also invented some plastic ice skates, the plastic zipper (1948). He invented the first airbag (1957), however at the time the materials were substandard, both of which were perfected at later dates.
At the writing of this post I understand he is still alive at 100 years young. He is almost blind but still working making sketches of more inventions. During his lifetime, he as lost several fortunes over the course of his career.
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