ANNIVERSARY MOMENT
PROFESSOR IONEL MIRON ON HIS 80th ANNIVERSARY

Gheorghe MUSTAȚĂ
Member of Academy of Romanian Scientists, Faculty of Biology, "Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași, Iași, Romania

            I met Professor Ionel Miron, Member of Academy of Romanian Scientists, in 1959, at Biological, Geological and Geographical Research Station “Stejarul” from Pângărați – Neamț, during my first biological field work in student times.
Pângărați was a dream world. The bases of this Station are profoundly related to the first great reservoir in Romania, “Izvoru Muntelui”, at Bicaz. Reality merged with fantasy and with infinite beauty of nature, seen through the eyes of our youthfulness. We followed our biological field work in the area called today “the bottom of the Izvoru Muntelui – Bicaz reservoir”. All villages from this area were emptied before huge bulldozers came to clean and to level the land. We arrived also in Potoci, where the bases of a new Department of Hydrobiology have been putted for researchers involved in aquatic ecology, among which the young researcher Ionel Miron had the opportunity to start his representative research career. He was already initiated in some major challenges of the scientific work and he was quickly specialized in the aquatic insects study, especially in that of the stoneflies (Plecoptera). One day, the young researcher Ionel Miron went with us towards the entrance of the hydropower works tunnel, talking about its functionality and giving us an overall idea concerning the perspective of the future catchment of the Bicaz reservoir. At the 1st of July 1960, while we accomplished another field work in Pângărați, we were present at the closing ceremony of the Bicaz dam.

The great and enjoyable Professor Ion Gugiuman, along with other researchers, told us about the need that a new railway to be built on the lakeside, in order to carry out the fish obtained by aquaculture towards Iași. So are building the myths!
This is why that the young researcher Ionel Miron oriented his own scientific research towards the “silent world”, studying the behavior of aquatic macroinvertebrates into a river – lake ecological succession: Bistrița River - Bicaz Reservoir. It could be easy to imagine that the Bicaz Reservoir became the main goal of his scientific research. Some of his results were included in the “Limnofauna europaea” monograph, published in Germany (Joachim Illies ed., 1967). In 1983, having Ionel Miron as editor, in collaboration with 12 limnologists from the “Stejarul” Station, issued the limnological monograph “Izvoru Muntelui – Bicaz Reservoir”, at the Romanian Academy Publishing House.
The Department of hydrobiological research has been accomplished. Ionel Miron was the director of this department from 1967 until 1982. I had to see him leading the travel of “Emil Racoviță” ship from Agigea Station to the Bicaz Reservoir, a daring action fulfilled with decisiveness, along with the leadership of the Station. This action itself could become the subject of a novel!
The 1960 is considered as a “diving year” at Agigea, under the coordination of Dietrich Kühlmann, a charming German and an underwater researcher and diver. Filled of a diving fervor, the young researcher Ionel Miron became an expert in this vocational domain.
Winning the underwater field, it was normal for him to enjoy this. He can be found latter, as a fellow, in some laboratory of Hydrobiology in Ghent – Belgium, Zürich – Switzerland, etc. He took part in scientific expeditions in Morocco and Anatolia and he participated, with a team of foreign specialists, into the “Limnology of Sahara” Programme. He participated also in some expeditions organized in different areas of this African desert: Algeria, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Niger, and Tunis.
All these make us to imagine how this passionate researcher realized at Potoci the first submersible laboratory from Romania, a bathyscaphe for research and underwater works, called LS 1. Professor Miron published also some books like the “Underwater expeditions” and “Thinking about water…from water”.
We must connect the entire activity of Professor Miron with the biotechnology titled “Trout breeding in floating cages on the mountainous reservoirs”, patented with his collaborators, Costică and Rodica Misăilă, working wonders in this field.
If we consider only this domain, we can say that Professor Miron deserves all the merits as researcher. In 1982, he became a 2nd degree researcher and the director of the ICAS (Forestry Research and Management Institute) from Potoci – Neamț.
In 1991, he became a 1st degree researcher, transferring from ICAS to the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, proposing and finalizing the establishment of the Potoci Biological Station. He served as the director of this Station until 2002. Since 1993, Ionel Miron became an Associate Professor, Professor and again Associate Professor at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Faculty of Biology. In 1998, he became PhD supervisor in Ecology, coordinating nine PhD theses in the Aquatic ecology domain.
We must mention that, from 1995 until 1996, Professor Ionel Miron was invited and accepted to give a course on Aquatic ecosystems, at Paris 7 “Denis Diderot” University – France. In 1992, he also guided, during two month, the Romanian and French students while undertaking field work in France. Professor Miron also was a co-director of the International Campus for environment, along with Professor Michel Petitjean, from Paris 7 University.
From 2006 until 2010, Professor Ionel Miron was the co-director of the International Limno – ecological Summer school, along with Professor Karl-Otto Rothhaupt, from Konstanz University, Germany.
Professor Ionel Miron is a member of the International Society of applied and theoretical Limnology (SIL) and, in 2014, he received the title: “Professor emeritus” of “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași.
Professor Ionel Miron saw his first sunrise on the 6th of July 1935, in Ivănești, Vaslui. He left the native village, he became a “big” man, literally and figuratively, but his soul is always linked to his ancestral land. He could never be separated from his originally matrix.
In recognition of his merits, the local community of this village gave to him the honor to be considered its “spiritual father”, and the school from Ivănești is called after his name.
We would wish that the last sunset to come for him after 100 years of life.

Signed at the 21 of November 2015,
by the Iași branch members of Academy of Romanian Scientists:


Anghel Stanciu

Ion Solcanu

Gheorghe Mustață

Spiridon Crețu

Maria Gavrilescu

Constantin Marinescu

Nicolae Țăranu

Viorica Ungureanu

Ovidiu Popescu

Ioan Iețcu

 

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