Petrache Poenaru

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Petrache Poenaru (Romanian pronunciation: [peˈtrake po.eˈnaru]; 10 January 1799 – 2 October 1875) was a Romanian inventor of the Enlightenment era.

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Petrache Poenaru
An 1860s photograph by Carol Szathmari
Born(1799-01-10)January 10, 1799
DiedOctober 2, 1875(1875-10-02) (aged 76)
NationalityWallachian, Romanian
Occupation(s)Inventor, mathematician, physicist, teacher, politician
Known forInventing the fountain pen
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Poenaru, who had studied in Paris and Vienna and, later, completed his specialized studies in England, was a mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, teacher and organizer of the educational system, as well as a politician, agronomist, and zootechnologist, founder of the Philharmonic Society, the Botanical Gardens and the National Museum of Antiquities in Bucharest.

While a student in Paris, Petrache Poenaru invented the world's first fountain pen, an invention for which the French Government issued a patent on 25 May 1827.[1][2]