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Sikorsky Igor Ivanovich (1889-1972)
Igor Sikorsky was a pioneer of aviation. He designed and flew the world's first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, and developed the first ocean-conquering flying boats in the 1930s.
Sikorsky was highly influential in the development of helicopters. In 1925 he founded the Sikorsky Aircraft Company, one of today's leading helicopter manufacturers. In 1942 the helicopter “Sikorsky R-4” became the world's first mass production helicopter, pioneering a rotor layout used by most helicopters today.
Sikorsky began studying at the Saint Petersburg Imperial Russian Naval Academy in 1903, at the age of 14. In 1906 he resigned the Academy, despite his satisfactory standing, and left Russia to study in Paris.
He returned to Russia in 1907, enrolling at the Mechanical College of Kiev Polytechnic Institute. In 1914, he was awarded an honor degree in engineering from Saint Petersburg Polytechnical Institute.