Faust Vrančić

1551-1617

Faust Vrancic (latinized Faustus Verantius, italianized name Fausto Veranzio, hungarized name Faustus Verancsics) is best known for his book of inventions in Machinae Novae, published also in Venice in 1595. Among his numerous inventions the most famous is the parachute, which he tested in Venice.

Vrancic also constructed a mill driven by tides, ropeway, gave a new construction of metal bridges (suspended by iron chains, i.e. suspension bridges).