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ZARA (1902-1978) Pioneer Aeronautical Engineer and National Scientist
he was assistant director and chief aeronautical engineer in the Bureau of Aeronautics of the Department of National Defense. he became chief of the aeronautical division of the DPWC. ZARA A distinguished man in the fields of aeronautical engineering and education. he worked as vice chairman And acting chairman of the National Science Development Board. Zara finished his elementary and high school in his hometown as valedictorian." "Photo elastic Stress Determination. Josefina." "The Propeller-Cutting Machine. Batangas on March 12. His invention of the semi-automatic propeller making machine and the first aircraft engine using industrial alcohol as fuel drew admiration from aviation circles throughout the world. Zara died of heart failure. his degree in Master of Science in aeronautical engineering." were published in Paris. Malaya. Asia. Zara. 1978. from the University of Michigan. the Far East. was born in Lipa. Considered expert in the Field. In 1926. The other products of his inventive genius included the "solar-sorber. In 1936. "The Technical Aspect of the Arais&Calvo Manila-Madrid Flight. at the age of 76. and initially studied in the University of the Philippines before he sailed to the United States for further studies. the Philippine International Fair (1952) and by the Society of Filipino Inventors (1955). He was survived by his wife. An ambitious and brilliant. Engracia Laconico. Zara continued to obtained higher education. a position he held and confirmed by the Congress of the Philippines up to 1952." which makes use of solar power for ordinary household needs. His research works and technical papers were published not only in the Philippines but in Europe as well. Macapagal and Marcos. Dr. in August 1978. He received meritorious citations as the "Propeller Maker of the Year" (1952) and the "Aeronautical Engineer of the Year" (1953) by the Civil Aeronautics Administration. For 21 years. His book. and. The Philippine government accorded him a state funeral at the LibinganngmgaBayani. Magnitique e induction. he obtained his degree in Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a year later. His locally published research works were "Development of Commercial Aviation in the Philippines. the National Scientist Award. Dr. the former Miss Philippines and Queen of the 1933 Philippine Carnival." and "Industrial Alcohol as Aircraft Fuel. and the two-way "Television-telephone. Subsequently. He retired from government service in 1946 and joined the Far East Asian Technical Institute (FEATI) and eventually became a member of its board of trustees. 1902 to Brigido Zara and SeverinaYnciong. where a number of Science projects were impetus." a device that permits a caller to see the picture of the party being called. L'etude du compass. . Dr.BIOGRAPHY OFGREGORIO Y." "Prediction of Airplane Performance at a Glance. he chosen technical editor of Aviation Monthly and at various times. Zara traveled extensively in the United States. He received three Presidential Awards from Presidents Garcia. and his article. summa cum laude. magna cum laude. Dr. He invented the magnetic and induction compass for which he was awarded the "Brevet d' invention" by the Ministre de Industrie of the Kingdom of Belgium. All these citations and certificates of recognition were capped by the Republic Cultural Heritage Award." "Commercial Aviation in the Philippines". he was director of aeronautical board. Gregorio Y. France in 1930. He was presented diplomas of merit by the Business Writers Association of the Philippines (1951). Upon his return to the Philippines. On October 15. He obtained his Doctor of Science degree from Sorbonne University in Paris in 1930." Zara was much honored by his countrymen. "L'etudeseismologique de 1'0 de secondaire. He was also a Member of the board of directors of the National Shipyards and Steel Corporation and of the Civil Aeronautics Board. Zara became internationally known for his scientific inventions. and Lourdes. and four children: Antonio. Zara was appointed technical assistant on aviation matters in the office of the Secretary of Department of Public Works and Communications (DPWC). and Europe To conduct investigative surveys. Pacita. and vice-versa.