Academician Dan Berndi has passed away at the age of 98. The Roman Academy: A descendant of the Brankovino family, he played a major role in Romanian history and culture

Academician Dan Berendy, a prominent figure of the Romanian intellectual elite and an important actor in our history, died Thursday, at the age of 98, according to what Agripris quoted the Romanian Academy as saying.

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“A descendant of the Brankovino family, having a great role in Roman history and culture, Dan Brindi preserved the nobility and distinction of this ancient aristocratic family and cultivated throughout his life essential values, assuming, in unfavorable times, a destiny for those who lived them in truth, honesty and self-requisition.

In a patriotic spirit par excellence, with a deep attachment to the political elite that laid the foundations of the modern Roman state, Dan Berende devoted his entire life to the study of history and developed an exceptional career over more than seven decades.

Now, at the hour of parting, the Roman Academy is in mourning. Members of the Romanian Academy its leadership expresses its regret and sadness. The memory of Academician Dan Berendy will always be with us,” said a communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Romanian Academy.

Born on November 3, 1923, in Bucharest, he studied first in private, then at Clemens School and Spiro Heart High School. Graduated from the Faculty of History and Philosophy, Department of History, University of Bucharest, with the title of “Magna cum laude” and PhD in History, with a thesis on “Bucharest City, Residence and Capital of Wallachia (1459-1862)”. After graduation, he became a researcher and scientific secretary at the Institute of Balkan Studies and Research (1946-1948), then an assistant at the Institute of History and Philosophy of the Romanian Academy (1948-1952).

In 1952-1955 he was arbitrarily removed from scientific research by the ruling communist regime. He was called up in 1955 and served as Principal Investigator at the “Nicolae Iorga” Institute of History of the Roman Academy for 45 years. He held the position of Scientific Secretary and Vice President of the Scientific Council.

After 1990 he was able to develop a teaching career, as he was an associate professor at the Faculty of History at the University of Bucharest, at the “Politehnica” University in Bucharest and at the “Hyperion” University in Bucharest.

He specializes in the modern history of Romania and is the author, alone or in collaboration, of more than 90 volumes and more than 700 articles and monographs published in prestigious scholarly journals in the country and abroad, dealing with political and social issues. History of the nineteenth century (revolutions of 1821 and 1848, union of kingdoms, war of independence), economic history, history of culture, journalism, Bucharest, history of diplomacy and international relations.

He served as Secretary of the National Committee of Romanian Historians (1977-1993) and its Chairman (1993-2015). Member of the Romanian Society of Historical Sciences, Association of International Law and International Relations, Commission on Genealogy, Genealogy and Sigilography of the Romanian Academy (Vice-President 1971-1981, President since 1981).

For his exceptional career as a historian and university professor, he was elected honorary doctorate from the Universities of Craiova (2001), “Ovidius” in Constanta (2007), “Valahia” in Targovite (2009) and the Western University of Timisoara (2009). The Romanian Presidency awarded him two high-ranking decorations: the National Order of the “Star of Romania” with the rank of Knight (2002) and the National Order of the “Star of Romania” at the rank of Officer (2016).

Historian Dan Brende devoted his whole life to the Roman Academy, to which he always attributed the status of the principal institution of the modern Roman state and in which he worked with skill and competence. He held two consecutive terms as Vice-President of the Roman Academy (2006-2014) and Head of the Department of Historical Sciences and Archeology (1993-2005 and 2016-2019), and has been its honorary president since 2005.

In 2006 he wrote a comprehensive history of the Roman Academy, which was republished in 2016, marking the century and a half since the institution was established.

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