DID you know that a Filipino scientist invented the video phone even before multimedia messaging (MMS) and video conferencing became popular?
Dr. Gregorio Zara invented the two-way television telephone or videophone in 1955 and patented it as a “photo phone signal separator network.”
But that’s not all. Dr. Zara invented, made improvement to, or discovered a lot more:
● Airplane engine that ran on plain alcohol as fuel (1952)
● Improved methods of producing solar energy; new designs for a solar water heater (SolarSorber), a sum stove, and a solar battery (1960s)
● Propeller-cutting machine (1952)
● Microscope with a collapsible stage
More importantly, Dr. Zara became known for discovering the physical law of electrical kinetic resistance, called the Zara Effect, in 1930.
For having completed over 40 research papers and making 20 outstanding contributions to science, Zara received many awards, including the Presidential diploma of Merit. He was conferred the Distinguished Service Medal in 1959 for his pioneering works and achievements in solar energy research, aeronautics and television. Zara was also given the Presidential Gold Medal and Diploma of Honor for Science and Research in 1966; and the Cultural Heritage Award for Science Education and Aero Engineering in 1966.
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