Cvitaš Tomislav, F.C.A.

Deceased Members II. Department of Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences
Cvitaš Tomislav

Date of birth:

  • 1943

Place of birth:

  • Zagreb


  • August 19, 2022, in Zagreb

Cvitaš Tomislav, F.C.A.

Deceased Members II. Department of Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences

Academic titles:

  • fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • professor emeritus
  • professor


  • vice dean and dean – Faculty of science, head – Chemistry department
  • Institute “Ruđer Bošković”

Membership in Academy:

  • full member – Department of Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences (05/10/2018 – 8/19/2022)
  • associate member – Department of Mathematical, Physical and Chemical Sciences (01/01/2012 – 05/10/2018)

Tomislav Cvitaš (October 12, 1943, Zagreb – August 19, 2022, Zagreb). He graduated in chemistry from the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb in 1966. After that, he joined the Ruđer Bošković Institute and in 1967 he went on postgraduate studies in the field of molecular spectroscopy at the University of Reading in Great Britain, where he received his Doctorate in 1970. After that, he spent one year at the University College London as a postdoctoral researcher and returned to the IRB, where he began research in the field of spectroscopy and atmospheric chemistry. At the same time he lectures in physical chemistry at the Faculty of Science (PMF) in Zagreb. From 1975 to 1977 he stayed at the Research Centre in Karlsruhe and from 1990 to 1995 at the Fraunhofer Institute for Atmospheric Research in Garmisch Partenkirchen, where he worked on coordinating the largest scientific project for environmental research in Europe. In 1977 he moved as a full professor in permanent employment to the Department of Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Science. He served as vice-dean for teaching and dean of the Faculty of Science and head of the Department of Chemistry.

He was awarded for his contribution to science and higher education with several distinguished awards and recognitions: the State Award for promotion and popularization of science in 2001; Plaque IUPAC Appreciation of service for outstanding contributions to the advancement of worldwide chemistry, 2003; The Andrija Mohorovičić Award of the University of Zagreb, a Fellow of CASA in 2012; Medal of the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Chemistry for contributions to scientific and teaching work in 2014 and selection in the title professor emeritus of the University of Zagreb 2015.

Tomislav Cvitaš has contributed significantly to the development of chemical science and higher education in Croatia through his scientific, teaching, and social activities within the framework of the chemical profession. His scientific work in the fields of molecular spectroscopy and atmospheric chemistry is internationally recognized and highly quoted. Tomislav Cvitaš is the greatest authority in the field of physical chemistry in croatia and a highly respected university professor who has significantly improved research and teaching in the field of physical chemistry. His scientific and professional bibliography includes 13 books and textbooks, 4 chapters in scientific monographs, 30 scientific papers in the field of spectroscopy, 76 papers in the field of atmospheric chemistry, 50 papers in education and 19 papers in the field of metrology. His long-standing experience and important position in the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry should be highlighted, which resulted in the co-authorship of the so-called Green Book – Recommendations for sizes, units and symbols in physical chemistry, which has been quoted more than 400 times and has been translated into 7 languages.