Romanian inventor Justin Capra died Monday evening, at the age of 82, at the Ploiesti Emergency Hospital, where he had been admitted the day before. According to hospital manager Alexandru Baloi, the inventor had been suffering for long from a diabetes condition, but the cause of his death would be determined by a post-mortem examination.
Born on February 22, 1933 at Magureni – Prahova County, professor, engineer, inventor – and not in the last place – philosopher Virgilius Justin Capra raised to fame as maybe the most prolific contemporary Romanian inventor, with many of his brain children standing under the umbrella of the generic idea of individually tailored portability: the jet backpack (he built the first version in 1956); the foldable electric tricycle Troty; the Oblio 3C electric powered mini automobile – a hybrid between a scooter and a car; Soleta – counting among the smallest cars in the world (with a fuel consumption of just 0.5l/100 km); the two-wheel jet engine powered car Virgilius (that consumed 1 l/100 km), and a host of other mainly ‘green’ inventions, 130 in all – according to his own statements, of which 72 extremely economical automobile prototypes, 7 flying devices and 15 unconventional engines.
He is the recipient of various important distinctions and awards, such as the Arca Prize; the IFIA Eco prize for the best eco-friendly invention – the electric tricycle (together with Marian Velcea); the Eureka Gold Medal and Diploma (together with Marian Velcea); the Diploma of the Geneva International Inventions Exhibition, a.s.o.
Justin Capra worked his lifelong in a tiny workshop of barely 5 sqm with unsophisticated tools, building with materials others would throw away smartly-designed fuel-friendly vehicles even 15 times lighter than the standard ones.
Of an exemplary modesty, Justin Capra said in an interview with Agerpres in May 2014 that “it was just a chance that God had chosen him to see things that went unnoticed by others.”As per his own statements on his Facebook official page, a never content spirit always in search for solutions, he humbly admitted God’s grace in allowing him to just “play”.
“I played all my life long,” that’s how he defined his inquisitive quest through Nature’s engineering puzzles.
PM Ponta sends message of condolences to the family
Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Tuesday sent a message of condolences to the family of inventor Justin Capra.
“Condolences to the family of inventor Justin Capra. A great Romanian and innovator, famed all around the globe for his creations!,” Ponta wrote on his Twitter page.