The Horia Hulubei Foundation (HHF, in Romanian : Fundatia Horia Hulubei) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, created with the goal of contributing to the development of research and training in physics. HHF promotes the values of democracy in the Romanian scientific community and in its international contacts. HHF considers that the professional competence and the moral norms are the pillars which sustain a sound scientific activity.
HHF bears this name in the memory of the distinguished Romanian scholar, Horia Hulubei (1896 – 1972), the founding father of atomic physics in Romania. Horia Hulubei was not only a brilliant scientist, but also a dedicated professor and a person of high moral stature. A biography of Horia Hulubei (in Romanian) can be found in the old version of the site. Some useful information about Hulubei is included in Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horia_Hulubei ), which has a link to an informative paper, written by Marco Fontani, concerning Hulubei’s efforts of identifying the element 87 (Francium). Hulubei’s personality remains a challenging example for the Romanian physics community.
The Horia Hulubei Foundation (HHF) was created by the association of a group of physicists, many of them former collaborators or students of the eminent scholar Horia Hulubei, in September 4, 1992. HHF became a juridical person on March 14, 1994, by a decision of the Bucharest Court.
HHF has been re-accredited as an institution of scientific research in 2009, according to the rules and regulations of ANCS, by the ANCS decision no. 9737/01.10.2009.
HHF is hosting the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development through Research and Education in Modern Physics, established in 2010.
In April 2018, the Horia Hulubei Publishing House (in Romanian: Editura Horia Hulubei) has been registered, according to the new regulations, at the ISBN office of the National Library of Romania.
In September 20-21, 2018, after years of preparations made mainly by Prof. Sabin Stoica, Head of the UNESCO Chair at Horia Hulubei Foundation, with the support of UNESCO, of ICTP-Trieste, of several Romanian governmental institutions and of the Horia Hulubei Fundation, the International Center for Advanced Reaserch and Training in Physics (Centre International de Formation and Recherche Avancée en Physique - CIFRA) was opened, in Magurele. CIFRA was created on the basis of an agreement between UNESCO and the Romanian Government, as a UNESCO category B institute - the only one of this kind in Central and South-Eastern Europe.
The main objectives of CIFRA (cifra.infim.ro) are to provide facilities and opportunities for researchers from countries of this region, as well from less developed countries, and to develop activities on science, science education and lifelong learning, in accordance with UNESCO goals.
As a recognition of Professor Stoica's efforts of establishing CIFRA, the Romanian National Commission for UNESCO awarded him with a Diploma of Excellence, in a ceremony held on December 14, 2018. A photo of the diploma is available here.