Mihai Băcescu, Ph.D., doc., Member of the Romanian Academy

1908–1999

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A student and then an assistant of professor Paul Bujor, the head of the chair of Animal Morphology from Iasi, while being beloved, appreciated and encouraged by professor Ioan Borcea, recommended by Emil Racoviţă for a specialization stage in France, deeply appreciated by the French scientists Louis Fage, Charles Perez, Edouard Chatton, Jules Richard and others – the first one especially dedicating to him, as far back as 1940 Diastyloides bacescui, being accepted in the year 1942 as member of Societé Zoologique de France and then of several academies and scientific societies from abroad, doctor Mihai Băcescu was the creator of the Romanian school of oceanology.

In 1940 he was asked to come to the museum by Grigore Antipa and he would work there almost near to the last moment of his life.

One of the greatest worldwide specialists in small crustaceans, cumaceans, mysides, isopods, tanaidae and decapods. He published three volumes of the Fauna of Romania, dedicated to cumaceans (1951), mysides (1954) and decapods (1980). He described more than 350 species and subspecies of crustaceans from the Romanian fauna and most of all from the worldwide one.

He participated in expeditions with the ship “Anton Bruun” in the Pacific Ocean (1965), with “Thalassa” in the Atlantic Ocean (1971) and the Indian Ocean (1977) and organized and led the Museum expedition in Tanzania (1973-1974).

Together with a passionate team of specialists from the Romanian Institute of Marine Researches he wrote 5 volumes of the “Ecology of the Black Sea”, and in 1988 he printed in Holland, the cumaceans synthesis , “Crustaceorum Catalogus Pars 7 Cumacea”, and in 1999 (!) he was glad to see that those almost 40 pages of the chapter dedicated to the Cumacea Order from Traité de Zoologie, initiated by Pierre P. Grassé, were printed.

He has led the museum organized by dr. Grigore Antipa for 25 years (1964-1988). The museum that was set up by Mihai Băcescu in Fălticeni bears his name.