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Astrophysicist Nicolae Donici, honoured in Paris

on 10 February 2020

The Romanian pioneer of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), Nicolae Donici, will be honoured in Paris, during a conference organized by the Embassy of Romania in France and the UAI.

The event will take place on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 5 pm, at the headquarters of the Romanian Embassy in Paris. The lecture will be delivered by Magda Stavinschi, a researcher at the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy and an active member of the International Center for Transdisciplinary Research - CIRET.

The event will be attended by HE Luca Niculescu, Ambassador of Romania in France, Mrs. Ewine Van Dishoeck, President of the International Astronomical Union, astronomers and guests.

Nicolae Donici lived between 1874 and 1960 and made important contributions in the field of astronomy of the Sun and the chromosphere of the planets. He became a member of the UAI in 1922, just three years after its establishment.

The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 13 500 professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and their surface features. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world's largest professional body for astronomers.

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