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MARKO BRANICA (1931–2004)

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  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Geography

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obituaryvp.vp OBITUARY Marko Branica (1931–2004) Professor Marko Branica, the leading Croatian marine scientist and physical chemist, passed away on Novem- ber 17, 2004. He was born on January 14, 1931 in Zagreb, where he finished elementary (1941) and grammar school (1949). He graduated in 1956 from the Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Science and Mathematics in Zagreb with the degree-thesis in physical chemistry entitled Determination of Traces of Uranium (»Odre|i- vanje tragova urana«, Prirodoslovno-matemati~ki fakultet, Zagreb, 1956.). He obtained his doctor’s degree in 1963 at the Faculty of Science and Mathematics by defending the doctoral thesis entitled Extraction of Inorganic Ions with Organic Solvents (»Ekstrakcija anorganskih iona organskim otapalima«, Prirodoslovno-matemati~ki fakul- tet, Zagreb, 1963.) prepared under the supervision of Professor Bo`o Te`ak (1907–1980). Branica spent his whole career (first as a technician, since 1954) at the Rugjer Bo{kovi} Institute, where he advanced as follows: research assistant (1956), research associate (1963), senior research associate (1966) and senior research fellow (1970, re-elected in 1998). He was appointed associate professor (1967) and full pro- fessor (1997) at the Faculty of Science and Mathematics in Zagreb, where he established and headed the graduate course in oceanography since 1971. More than 50 peo- ple prepared their M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. theses under his supervision. Branica served as a head of the Laboratory of Physi- cal-Chemical Separations (1967–1984) and the Labora- tory for Physical Chemistry of Traces within the Center for Marine Research (since 1986) and director of the Center (1974–1984). He coordinated the project of re- search and environmental protection of the Adriatic Sea and the relevant international research contracts. As an expert of the International Atomic Energy Agency of Vi- enna for nuclear materials and nuclear plants safety problems, he paid multiple visits to Rio de Janeiro, Brazi

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