Academician Hrvoje Požar

"Najskuplja je električna energija ona koje nema"

- Hrvoje Požar, 1975.

Monograph

"HRVOJE POŽAR - The great one for energy and modern university teaching
1916.-1991.”

Lexicographic Study

"HRVOJE POŽAR: scientist"

Biography

Hrvoje Požar (Knin, July 5, 1916 – Zagreb, June 30, 1991) is one of the most significant Croatian scientists, responsible for the development of electro-energetics, as well as the science in general. He was a successful scientist, university professor, and lexicographer. Areas of his interest were numerous: hydroelectric power plants, thermal power plants, nuclear power plants, renewable energy sources, and energy balances. He has written 319 professional and scientific papers, articles, reports, and books in Croatia and abroad.

Education

Hrvoje Požar graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing at the University of Zagreb. His work in the first decade was related to formal employment in former business organizations. Later, organizations have originated as Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP). Throughout his work experience, Hrvoje Požar took part in many complex studies and analytical tasks, creating concepts and determining the size of every power plant construction before 1990. 

He was the initiator of consistent application of professional and scientific methods in all segments of development, construction and use of power plants and electricity networks, integrated monitoring of all energy systems, establishing economic relations according to actual costs and overall energy management for HEP, thus improving its business.

For 50 years, he has been profoundly committed to researching all rational and economical energy exploitation features for humanity's purposes and the environment. Požar fought that the independence of potential energy is possible for every country. He believed that there could be no political independence without the highest possible energy independence.

Influence

Hrvoje Požar started working at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, at the University of Zagreb in 1951, as an assistant. The next step in his business life is as an assistant professor (1953), then associate professor (1957), and full-time professor (1960-1985). He was the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering on two occasions: from 1960 to 1962 and from 1968 to 1970.

He was also the Vice-Rector of the University of Zagreb from 1970 to 1972. Together with the Rector Ivan Supek and the Vice-Rector Nikša Allegretti, Hrvoje Požar was responsible for establishing the University Computing Center (SRCE).

Known as the "Professor," he was a favorite among the students because of his enthusiasm, conscientiousness, and dedication to work. He took an important role in four significant reforms, which have brought the University close to European best practices and knowledge requirements. His contribution to the study of electrical engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Zagreb is invaluable alongside the world's faculties.

Hrvoje Požar was the editor-in-chief of the Technical Encyclopedia of the Lexicographic Institute Miroslav Krleža from 1976 to 1991. Editing the most comprehensive encyclopedic work in the Croatian language and one of the few similar works globally, he ranked among the greats of domestic and world lexicography. He has been cooperating with the Institute since 1960 and with the Encyclopedia editors since 1966. As a man of broad education and a sound engineer, working on the Encyclopedia gave a personal touch to the systematization of knowledge in technical sciences and the development of Croatian technical terminology.

Science

He was the General Secretary of today's Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (former JAZU) for 13 years (from 1978 to 1991), which is the most extended term in the history of the Academy. He is also the founder of the world-famous Zagreb Energy School, a tradition of scientific research work since 1953, through which many young engineers and scientists grew up and learned how to approach problems in the field of energy.

 

In parallel with his work at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Academy, Hrvoje Požar participated in the work of the Institute of Electric Power Industry in Zagreb. One group of experts from the Institute of Electric Power Industry, which most directly collaborated with professor Požar, soon after his death, launched an initiative for establishing a new institute. The Institute was founded in 1994 and named in his honor the Hrvoje Požar Energy Institute (EIHP)

In 1992, the Croatian Energy Society (HED) established the Hrvoje Požar Foundation in his honour. Every year since 1995, HAD has rewarded prominent Croatian students, scientists and professionals for their contribution to energy development, energy innovation, rational energy management, improving the quality of the environment and popularizing energy.

Biography

Hrvoje Požar (Knin, July 5, 1916 – Zagreb, June 30, 1991) is one of the most significant Croatian scientists, responsible for the development of electro-energetics, as well as the science in general. He was a successful scientist, university professor, and lexicographer. Areas of his interest were numerous: hydroelectric power plants, thermal power plants, nuclear power plants, renewable energy sources, and energy balances. He has written 319 professional and scientific papers, articles, reports, and books in Croatia and abroad.

The initiator is of the consistent application of professional and scientific methods at development processes, such as construction, exploitation of power plants and power grids, integrated monitoring of all energy systems, the establishment of economic relations according to the actual expenses. Overall, energy management for the HEP Group aims to improve its business.

Education

Hrvoje Požar graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing at the University of Zagreb. His work in the first decade was related to formal employment in former business organizations. Later, organizations have originated as Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP). Throughout his work experience, Hrvoje Požar took part in many complex studies and analytical tasks, creating concepts and determining the size of every power plant construction before 1990.

For 50 years, he has been profoundly committed to researching all rational and economical energy exploitation features for humanity's purposes and the environment. Požar fought that the independence of potential energy is possible for every country. He believed that there could be no political independence without the highest possible energy independence.

He was also the Vice-Rector of the University of Zagreb from 1970 to 1972. Together with the Rector Ivan Supek and the Vice-Rector Nikša Allegretti, Hrvoje Požar was responsible for establishing the University Computing Center (SRCE).

“Najskuplja je električna energija ona koje nema.

- Hrvoje Požar, 1975.

Monograph

"HRVOJE POŽAR - The great one for energy and modern university teaching
1916.-1991.”

Lexicographic Study

“Hrvoje Požar: znanstvenik”

Influence

Hrvoje Požar started working at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, at the University of Zagreb in 1951, as an assistant. The next step in his business life is as an assistant professor (1953), then associate professor (1957), and full-time professor (1960-1985). He was the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering on two occasions: from 1960 to 1962 and from 1968 to 1970.

He was also the Vice-Rector of the University of Zagreb from 1970 to 1972. Together with the Rector Ivan Supek and the Vice-Rector Nikša Allegretti, Hrvoje Požar was responsible for establishing the University Computing Center (SRCE).

Science

He was the General Secretary of today's Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (former JAZU) for 13 years (from 1978 to 1991), which is the most extended term in the history of the Academy. He is also the founder of the world-famous Zagreb Energy School, a tradition of scientific research work since 1953, through which many young engineers and scientists grew up and learned how to approach problems in the field of energy.

 

In parallel with his work at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Academy, Hrvoje Požar participated in the work of the Institute of Electric Power Industry in Zagreb. One group of experts from the Institute of Electric Power Industry, which most directly collaborated with professor Požar, soon after his death, launched an initiative for establishing a new institute. The Institute was founded in 1994 and named in his honor the Hrvoje Požar Energy Institute (EIHP)

In 1992, the Croatian Energy Society (HED) established the Hrvoje Požar Foundation in his honor. Since 1995, the foundation has rewarded prominent Croatian energy and students, scientists, and professionals for their contribution to energy development, energy innovation, energy management, improving the quality of the environment related to the energy sector, and the popularization of energy.