Constantin Istrati

Constantin I. Istrati (7 September 1850 – 17 January 1919) was a Romanian chemist and physician. He was president of the Romanian Academy between 1913 and 1916.

Constantin I. Istrati

He was born in 1850 in Roman, Moldavia (now in Neamț County, Romania). He studied at the Academia Mihăileană in Iași, after which he went to Bucharest to study at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, graduating in 1869, and obtaining his M.D. in 1877. After collaborating with Carol Davila, Istrati pursued his studies for three years at the University of Paris, where he obtained in 1885 a Ph.D. in Chemistry under the direction of Charles Adolphe Wurtz and Charles Friedel, with thesis On colored ethylbenzene and some observations about boiling points in the aromatic series.[1]

Statue of Istrati in Carol Park, Bucharest

In 1883 he was named Professor of Physics at the School of Bridges and Roads in Bucharest, replacing Emanoil Bacaloglu. On April 1, 1889, Istrati was elected corresponding member of the Romanian Academy. Istrati later became a professor at the University of Bucharest, where he introduced the teaching of organic chemistry.

He served as Minister of Public Works in the first government of Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino (April 11, 1899 to January 9, 1900), and as Minister of Agriculture, Industry, Trade and Domains in the second Cantacuzino government (February 26 to March 12, 1907).

Istrati died in Paris in 1919. He is buried at Bellu Cemetery in Bucharest;[2] next to his tomb there is a bust of him, designed by the sculptor Raffaello Romanelli.


  • Academia Republicii Populare Române, Dicționar Enciclopedic Român, Editura Politică, București, 1962-1964


  1. ^ "Constantin I. Istrati" (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 2005-04-13.
  2. ^ "Cimitirul Bellu București – Harta Interactivă" (in Romanian). Retrieved July 16, 2020.