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Alexandru Herlea, Former Ambassador to European Union, Brussels, Vicepresident of PNTCD

Alexandru Ion Herlea
Former Ambassador to EU
Vice-President of PNTCD

Born: October 11, 1942, Brasov, ROMANIA


Religion: Romanian Orthodox

Nationality: Romanian


  • 1965 – graduated from the Polytechnic Institute in Brasov

Scientific degrees

  • 1977 – Doctor in the History of Science and Technology - Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, (CNAM), Paris
  • 1978-1979 - post-doctoral studies at Harvard, Princeton, Pennsylvania Universities and the Smithsonian Institute (ESA)
  • 1983 - Universite de Paris-Sud, Sorbonne

Professional activity

Before 1989:

  • research engineer, scientific counsellor, CNAM, Paris
  • university lecturer, CNAM, Paris
  • associated professor - Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, Paris
  • several responsibilities in numerous international academic and scientific societies, of which La Societe Francaises d’Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques and the Society for History and Technology, USA.

After 1989

  • university professor at the Institut Polytechnique Sevenans (IPSe), France, department head, Ph.D. supervisor
  • visiting professor, Michigan Technological University, USA
  • visiting professor, University of Bucharest
  • several responsibilities in numerous international scientific societies, of which, the International Committee for the History of Technology (vice president), Comite des Travaux Historiques et Scientifiques (France), Landmuseum fur Technik und Arbeit (Germany)
  • 1996-1999 - Minister-Delegate to the Prime-Minister for European Integration
  • 2000 - 2001 - Ambassador of Romania to the European Union, Brussels

Political activity

  • 1972-1989 - Member of the exiled PNTCD
  • 1987-1989 - Member of the UMRL (World Union of Free Romanians), Vice-President of the French branch
  • Since 1990 - Member of the PNTCD leadership Committee, in charge with international relations; international secretary
  • Since 1992 - In charge with the CDR (Democratic Convention of Romania) international relations
  • Since 1991 - Founding member and secretary general of the SURF (Solidarite Universitaire France-Roumanie)
  • Since 2001 - Vice-President of PNTCD


  • Member of the Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences
  • Vice-President al Société Internationale d'Histoire des Techniques (ICOHTEC)
  • Member of the Société Française d'Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques
  • Member of the Society for History and Technology, USA
  • Member of the Comité des Travaux Historiques et Scientifiques (France)
  • Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit (Germany)

Published works

  • author and co-author of 10 books which include:
    •  Histoire Generale des Techniques. Les techniques de la civilisation industrielle (PUF)
    • Les moteurs (PUF)
    • Les machines (Robert Laffont)
    • Science and Technology Relationships (San Francisco Press)
  • author of many articles and communications published in various specialized magazines: Technology and Culture, Revue d’Histoire des Sciences, Culture technique, etc.;
  • lectures in universities in France, the U.S., Canada, Germany, the U.K., Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Romania;
  • participated in over 100 international research conventions and seminars; has organized many of them;
  • scientific activity in museums of technology, over 25 exhibitions organized mainly within two institutions, Musee National des Techniques and Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris;
  • member of the editorial committee of specialized magazines, such as History of Technology, Bulletin de la SFHST etc

Prizes and awards

  • Knight of the Legion of Honour, France;
  • Silver Medal awarded by the French association, Societe d’Encouragement au Progres;
  • Prize Soziale Martwirtschaft of the Wirtschaftpolitischer Club Berlin/Bonn
  • Silver Medal awarded by the French association "Société d'Encouragement au Progres"

Foreign languages

  • French, English, German

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