Drago Kolar

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Professor Drago Kolar (1932 – 2000) was a Head of the Ceramics Department at the Jozef Stefan Institute (Ljubljana, Slovenia) from 1965 until 1997. In this period the Ceramics Department grew to be among the top ceramics-research facilities in the world.

Kolar was one of the world leading scientists in the field of ceramic materials. His main scientific interest was in sintering mechanisms and microstructure development in ceramics, high-temperature phase equilibria and functional ceramics.

During his lifetime he published, together with his co-workers, over 200 publications in international periodicals, over 200 publications in the proceedings of international conferences and co-authored 9 patents. Besides his research activities he was actively involved in teaching at the University of Ljubljana. He supervised 36 doctoral theses, 54 master's theses and 146 B.Sc. theses.

Among his many honours and awards the most distinguished are: "Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia" (1995), "Honorary Diploma of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering" (1979), "Niobium Medal of the Max-Planck Institute" (1987), "Two Particle Man" recognition, German Powder Met. Soc. (1997).

The IJS magazine No. 79 (February 2000) was dedicated to Kolar (see articles in English by Guenter Petzow from MPI Stuttgart and by J.P. Guha from IJS).


  • B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, 1957
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