Who the heck is Kazimierz Siemienowicz?

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Kazimierz Siemienowicz

(born)1600 (died)1651
Kazimierz Siemienowicz, born near Raseiniai in Samogitia, was a Polish-Lithuanian commander in the Polish Royal Artillery. He was fascinated by artillery from childhood and studied to increase his knowledge in this area. He became an expert in the fields of artillery and rocketry. His Artis Magnae Artilleriae pars prima which was first printed in Amsterdam in 1650 became the standard book on firework displays, military and recreational pyrotechnics and rocketry for well over a century. In Artis Magnae Artilleriae pars prima, he published designs for multistage rockets, batteries of rockets, and delta wing stabilizers.

A few of Siemienowicz's rockets

A few of Siemienowicz's rockets

Images from the pages  Artis Magnae Artilleriae pars prima can be found here.

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4 Responses to Who the heck is Kazimierz Siemienowicz?

  1. Dick says:

    Now that’s an obscure reference. Good find.

  2. Well this is just great stuff. I often wonder what kinds of things could be done with rocketry in the past.

    Not having the convergent-divergent nozzle greatly reduced the power of these rockets. But never the less I suspect that a three stage rocket of large size could probably have gone a few miles into the air. Maybe 15,000 feet?

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