We have uncovered a memorial statue in honour of academician emeritus prof. dr. Janez Peklenik

date: 04.12.2018

category: Sporočila za javnost

 

Ljubljana, 30 November 2018 - Academician emeritus prof. dr. Janez Peklenik was a world renowned scientist, who contributed significantly to the development of science in the field of mechanical engineering in his career. In his honour, we unveiled a memorial statue and placed it along the side of his predecessors, who also left a great mark in the development of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. The memorial stature, located in the lobby of the faculty, was created by a sculptor Matjaž Ština, with the help of casting of the relief into bronze.

 

Academician emeritus prof. dr. Janez Peklenik was a researcher, scientist, pedagogue, dean, rector, academician, professional colleague, and a friend. In his honour, his distinguished colleagues, representatives of institutes, of which acad. Peklenik was a member, and his spouse paid tribute to him.

To begin with, Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, prof. dr. Mitjan Kalin, greeted everyone and emphasized: There are not many individuals who would so heavily mark a particular profession, so it is right to bow to such individuals in a special and lasting way. Today's event is a historic day for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, which, with optimism, looks at the bright future of modern mechanical engineering.

His last student and heir, prof. dr. Peter Butala, has illuminated the life of academician emeritus prof. dr. Janez Peklenik and recalled cooperation with him: I remember him telling us to always look for new challenges and not to deal with problems that others face. I am proud of being one of his colleagues. I realize that this cooperation has had a significant impact on my life.

Academician emeritus prof. dr. Igor Grabec, his professional colleague and a personal friend, described academician emeritus prof. dr. Janez Peklenik in his speech: His high quality features were very prominent in our research and pedagogical environment. They also exhibited his pedagogical and social qualities, which reflected in counselling, encouraging, and assisting the younger generation.

At the ceremony, academician prof. dr. Tadej Bajd, President of the Academy of Sciences and Arts, to which academician emeritus prof. dr. Janez Peklenik became a regular member on 29 March 1979, also has a speech. Chairman of the Engineering Academy of Slovenia, dr. Mark Pleško, also paid tribute and an emotional note to the event was added by academician Peklenik’s spouse.

The memorial statue in honour of academician emeritus prof. dr. Janez Peklenikis is located in the lobby of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, in a honourable place where memorial statues of his predecessors, who also contributed significantly to the development of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, have already been placed. These are: academician prof. dr. Feliks Lobe, emeritus prof. dr. Albert Struna, academician emeritus prof. dr. Anton Kuhelj, prof. dr. Zoran Rant, emeritus prof. dr. Franček Kovačec, prof. dr. Ervin Prelog, prof. dr. Bojan Kraut.

 

MAKING OF THE MEMORIAL STATUE

The memorial statue, honouring the academician Janez Peklenik is made with casting of a relief into bronze. The relief, 30 centimetres in diameter, is attached to a granite plate made of the Pohorje tonalite. The product was designed and created by mr. Matjaž Ština, a sculptor and cultural creator. His specialty is the twenty years of technological development of bronze replicas. He has created several public works, such as the portrait of Jože Pučnik and the portrait of General Rudolf Maister.

 

ABOUT ACADEMICIAN EMERITUS PROF. DR. JANEZ PEKLENIK

Academician emeritus prof. dr. Janez Peklenik was a world renowned scientist, who contributed significantly to the development of science in the field of mechanical engineering in his career. With his clear vision, he moved the boundaries in the research field and created an education system at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, and later as a rector of the University of Ljubljana. He was a regular member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and was the founder and an honorary president of the Slovenian Academy of Engineering.

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