1932 – 2000

  Ceramics Department, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Prof. Drago Kolar was born on September 25, 1932 in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia (now Slovenia). He obtained B. Sc. In Chemical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, 1957 , and Ph.D. (chemistry) from the same university in 1964. Prof. Kolar was a head of the Ceramics Department at the Jozef Stefan Institute (Ljubljana, Slovenia) from 1965 until 1997. 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.

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 nine patents. Besides his research activities he taught at the University of Ljubljana. He supervised 36 doctoral theses, 54 master's theses and 146 B.Sc. theses.

Among his 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 Professor Kolar. He died on February 14, 2000 in Ljubljana.