Ionel Valentin Vlad, elected president of the Romanian Academy

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Academician Ionel Valentin Vlad is the new president of the Romanian Academy, as on Tuesday he won the second round of a secret ballot against academician Viorel Barbu.

Photo credit: (c) RAZVAN CHIRITA / AGERPRES ARCHIVE

Running for the office of president were academicians Ionel Vlad, Viorel Barbu and Victor Voicu.
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Engineer and physicist Ionel Valentin Vlad was born on September 22, 1943, in Bucharest.

He is a graduate of the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications. He won a doctor's degree in 1972 for a work on information processing in real-time conventional holography.

In 1968-1980, he was assistant professor and main coordinator at the Bucharest Institute of Polytechnics. In 1990, he became a professor with the Physics Faculty of the Bucharest University. Concomitantly, he was deputy chair of the lasers department of the Central Physics Institute (1977-1989), and head of the non-linear holography and optics laboratory of the Atomic Physics Institute (since 1990). He is also a main scientific researcher with the National Institute of Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics.

He has authored and co-authored remarkable achievements, including the commissioning of the first laser on a solid active medium in Romania (1968), the creation of the first professional holograms in Romania (1970), as well as of the first digital image processing from optical instruments (1982-1987).

He gave lectures in Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Russia and authored more than 60 works, including a 1973 introduction to holography and a 1976 book on optical information processing.

Vlad is also the deputy editor-in-chief of the Romanian Reports in Physics journal, a member of the Romanian Physics Society, the German Physics Society and the European Physics Society.

In 1991, he became a correspondent member of the Romanian Academy, becoming a standing member in 2009.

He is the 1978 recipient of the T.Vuia prize of the Romanian Academy. He was elected fellow of the Optical Society of America in 1978, and fellow of the London-based Institute of Physics in 1999. He was also elected senior associate member of the Trieste-based International Centre for Theoretical Physics, in 2003. In 2005, he was elected member of the Academia Europaea, at the 17th annual conference at Berlin-Potsdam in 2005, the Einstein Year. Vlad is also the recipient of a Galileo Galilei prize presented by the International Commission for Optics, part of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics at the 20th congress convention in 2005. In 2007, he was elected fellow of The International Society for Optical Engineering of the US.

In 2008, he was awarded a Faithful Service National Order in rank of cavalier by Romania's President. AGERPRES

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