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a candle for my son!

Nicolae M. Nicolae
Former Ambassador

Born: November 3, 1924, Silistra, Durostor County (today in Bulgaria)

Family: the father, Petru Nicolae Marin, was a merchant and the owner of "Cristalul" Restaurant, Silistra. Part of the first generation born in Cadrilater of the shepherd Petru Nicolae, from Marginimea Sibiului (Tilisca). Mother, Louiza, was the daughter of a Romanian woman from Bucharest and of a Bulgarian employee at the City of Silistra. A sister, Stela Gheorghiu, used to be an employee at the Institute of Hydro-Energetic Studies and Design in Bucharest

Married (1951) to Maria David, engineer (specialty industrial chemistry), graduate of the Polytechnic Institute of Iasi, specialist for electrotechnical materials


  • 1931-1935 - Primary School, Silistra

  • 1935-1940 - High School in Silistra. In 1940, evacuated from Silistra, following the Treaty of Craiova, that was surrendered to Bulgaria. 

  • 1940-1943 - "Cantemir Voda" High School in Bucharest. Attended also violin courses at the Royal Music Academy of Bucharest, with prof. Alexandru Theodorescu

  • 1943-1948 -graduates the Polytechnic School of Bucharest as an electromechanical engineer

  • 1950-1951 - one year specialization at High Voltage Equipment Factory in Leningrad, former USSR


  • 1948-1950 - engineer, Bucharest Trams Society

  • 1951-1953 - engineer, "Electroputere" Works, Craiova

  • 1953-1957 - general director for Electrotechnical Industry, Ministry of Electric Energy

  • 1957-1959 - director of "Electrotehnica" Factory, Bucharest

  • 1959-1961 - director of "Tehnoimport" Foreign Trade Enterprise, Bucharest

  • 1961-1966 - director of  "Masinimport" Foreign Trade Enterprise

  • 1966-1976 - successively deputy minister, first deputy minister and finally minister secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Trade

  • 1972-1976 - Romania's representative to COMECON Foreign Trade Commission

  • 1972-1976 - head of the Romanian delegations to UNCTAD Conferences of 1972 and 1976.

  • 1976 - participates at the G77 Conference in Manila, Philippines

  • 1976-1978 - Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Romania to the United States of America, Washington D.C.

  • 1978-1984 - chairman of the planning and prognosis Commission at the National Council for Science and Technology

  • 1984 - retired

  • January 1990 - appointed minister of foreign trade, but resigned shortly

Political Activity

  • 1944 - member of the Communist Youth Union of Romania

  • 1945-1989 - member of the Romanian Communist Party (RCP)

  • 1972-1974 - elected alternate member of the RCP Central Committee

  • 1974-1979 - full member of the RCP Central Committee

Other Responsibilities

  • associate professor at Bucharest Polytechnic Institute

  • organized and chaired several conferences concerning especially the technical progress and marketing impact


  • member and president of the Romanian Marketing Association (AROMAR)

  • since 1953 - member of Engineers' Chamber Orchestra

Publishing Activity

  • an intense publishing activity in specialized magazines and later on in the press, especially in "Revista Economica" (Economic Review), on subjects concerning the developments and trends in the foreign trade

  • 1987 - together with an expert team, elaborates a monograph concerning the impact of the technical progress on the international trade and, particularly, on the Romanian foreign trade, but due to the monograph conclusions, it has never been published before 1989, but only after this date, as a series in "Timpul 7 zile" Weekly.

  • frequently publishes studies in "Magazinul Istoric" (Historical Magazine)

  • "O lume asa cum am cunoscut-o. Amintirile unui fost ambasador al Romaniei" (A world as I knew it. Memoirs of a former ambassador of Romania), Pro Domo Publishing House, Bucharest, 2000


  • violin player


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