Vlado Kovacevic, counselor to our faculty, has passed away


Vlado Kovačević


On behalf of the Crop Production Institute of Szent István University, Gödöllő, Hungary, we would like to inform the scientific community that our friend and research partner professor Vlado Kovačević passed away.

Vlado Kovačević was born in Bizovac, Croatia on 19 July 1948. He graduated from the University of Osijek, Faculty of Agriculture, the field of husbandry in 1970. He obtained his MSc diploma from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture, in the field of soil science and plant nutrition in 1975. He received his PhD degree from the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture in 1980. His postgraduate studies were very active, he had a chance to spend three fellowship periods in Germany (1976, 1994 and 1998). His scientific career was remarkable in the field of maize and wheat nutrition, genetic aspects of plant nutrition and response of maize genotypes to soil stress. Most of his activities in the field of research and education were connecting him to the international scientific community. He contributed to the work of almost a hundred scientific conferences, many of them were organised with his participation. He was member of the Scientific Board of the Alps Adria Scientific Workshop series. Also he had active research connections with remarkable Hungarian institutions; the Research Institute of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Debrecen University, and Szent István University, Gödöllő. In the case of the latter he was an Honorary Counselor of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Vlado Kovačević was employed by the Agricultural Institute of Osijek from 1971 to 1992. Since 1978 he was involved in the educational work of the J.J. Strossmayer University, Faculty of Agrobiotechnical Sciences, Osijek. He went along all rankings steps of university education. From 1992 he served as a full professor. Together with his research and educational activities he was publishing in a broad scale. He wrote 10 books, 6 book chapters and more than 500 scientific papers. He was an active partner in editorial works as well. He was member of the Scientific Board of Columella Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He was an excellent photographer. The photos of artistic quality were always supporting his scientific contributions.

During his life he was several times awarded by various aknowledgements. The most important of these were the “Ruder Boskovic Award” given by the President  of Croatia, and the “State Prize for Science” of the Parliament of Croatia.

Professor Vlado Kovačević left us. All of us miss him. He was a good friend, a wise man, a learned scientist, a most cooperative research partner. It can be stated that he was a man of knowledge who contributed a lot to agricultural sciences. Rest in peace.


Márta Birkás    Márton Jolánkai