Janos Gottlieb and his wife

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  • Photo taken in:
    Iasi
    Year when photo was taken:
    1992
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania

It’s me [Janos Gottlieb] in the center, with my wife [Cleopatra Mociutchi] on my right side. The photo was taken in June 1992, when our granddaughter, Mara has just finished forth grade.

I was head of department at the Faculty of Physics of the Iasi University two times. I had this function from 1962 until 1971 or 1972, when they wound up the smaller departments - in those times the department was called Theory of Physics and Atomistic Structure. In January 1990 they separated the departments again, and I became head of the department again, but it was called Department of Physics Theory. And I was in this position until fall 1999, until my retirement.

I kept all sorts of lectures: I started with the theories of electrodynamics and relativity, then I taught quantum mechanics until my retirement, so from 1958 until 1999. I was teaching solid-state physics, quantum field theory. Later I let others teach these, however, in Iasi it was me who started to teach both courses. I was also teaching thermodynamics, statics, physics for students in philosophy, I was teaching theory of physics for chemists. Since I retired, I taught non linear differential equation for physicians. I had many courses. I don't even know how many things I was teaching. After retirement I kept on keeping lectures, I think this year [2006-2007 academic year] would be the first year, when I don't have any lectures. However, we have so few students these days, I can't take off the source of living from others.

I am a PhD coordinator since 1971-72. I already have some thirty 'doctors', and some of them became word-wide known. I will mention two of them. One is Achiba Segal, he's also Jewish, lives in Israel, and works at the Weizmann Institute. He's an expert in solar energy, because it is very important to them to use it. The other, Laszlo Vekas is Hungarian, he lives in Temesvar; he's also a good expert in ferrofluids, and he has a world-wide reputation, he became member to the European Academy of Science and Arts.

It is very hard to tell which one I consider important from my scientific works. I liked the theory of relativity a lot, but I'm not engaged in it anymore, well, I have to do other things as well. I liked quantum mechanics too, and I wrote studies in this field as well, though not as many. I wrote several books about quantum mechanics, I published a book on quantum field theory, theory of relativity. My wife and I also have a lot of writings in common.

Interview details

Interviewee: Janos Gottlieb
Interviewer:
Emoke Major
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2006
Iaşi , Romania

KEY PERSON

Janos Gottlieb
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Baia Mare
Country name at time of birth:
Romania (1920-1945)
Occupation
after WW II:
University professor

Other Person

Cleopatra Mociutchi
Year of birth:
1926
City of birth:
Cotiugenii Mari
Country name at time of birth:
Romania (1920-1945)
Occupation
after WW II:
University professor

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