Volume seven includes ten essays on 262 pages and is published by the Croatian-American Society. The Croatian Heritage Foundation has, from the very start of the project in 1997, collaborated on this project.

The 7th volume of the Distinguished Croatian Scientists in the World series, edited by professor Janko Herak, was presented at the Croatian Heritage Foundation on the 22nd of May. The initial title of this bilingual, Croatian/English series (Distinguished Croatian Scientists in America) was changed after the second volume to reflect its global scope. Thanks to the systematic work of the team of experts Herak has brought together in this publishing project this is, in fact, not the seventh but rather ninth volume in this series on Croatian scientists outside the homeland.
The volume was presented by CHF director Marin Knezović, Croatian-American Society (CAS) president Marina Ljubišić and Academy of Sciences and Arts members and the book’s reviewers Leo Klasinc and Vladimir Paar, article author Nikola Kujundžić and by the volume’s editor Janko Herak. Vesna Kukavica, the head of our publishing department, moderated the promotion.

Volume seven includes ten essays on 262 pages and is published by the Croatian-American Society. The Croatian Heritage Foundation has, from the very start of the project in 1997, collaborated on this project, which has been supported by donations from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport and the Foundation of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

The foreword to the volume was penned by the editor, biomedical expert Janko Herak. Mathematician professor Hrvoje Šikić is the author of two studies that treat Croatian mathematicians in the USA. The first discusses Split native Jakša Cvitanić, and the second Zagreb native Mladen Viktor Wickerhauser. Physicist and professor Ana Smontara and Janko Herak jointly penned a study of “Davor Pavuna – Life with Physics and a Guitar”. Professor Krešimir Pavlovski writes of astronomer Dragutin Rakoš from Austria, while physicist Hrvoje Buljan writes of Marin Šoljačić. The paper by academician Leo Klasinc looks into Branko Ruščić, a chemist resident in the USA. Eugene Turner writes of “Dubravko Justić, Oceanologist and Ecologist”, while pharmaceuticals expert professor Nikola Kujundžić writes of “Eugen Koren – A Biomedicine Researcher and Innovator in Biotechnology”. Zoran Mrša writes of Igor Mezić, and academician Stanko Popović of Nikola Tesla.

The latest volume of Distinguished Croatian Scientists in the World (vol. 7), edited by Herak, covers the scientific and personal biographies of Jakša Cvitanić, Caltech (USA), an expert in the application of mathematics in financial markets; Dubravko Justić, a professor of biological oceanography and coastal sciences at Louisiana University in Baton Rouge (USA) and an ecosystem modelling expert; Eugen Koren, an innovator in the field of biomedicine and biotechnology who worked in Oklahoma City; Igor Mezić, a professor at the University of California’s department of mechanical engineering in Santa Barbara and an expert in fluid dynamics; Davor Pavuna, a physics professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne; astronomer Dragutin Karl Rakoš (1923 – 2011), who worked at the University of Vienna and was one of the pioneers in the photoelectric photometry of the stars; Marin Soljačić, a full professor of physics at Boston’s prestigious MIT and a renowned researcher in the field of optics and photonics; Mladen Wickerhauser, a professor of mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis, best known for his work and papers on the research of the characteristics and application of wavelets.

Text by: Diana Šimurina Šoufek; Photos by: Snježana Radoš