Constantin Vasile Gheorghiu (1894-1957) – chemist, Romanian professor

He was born in Dolheşti village, Iasi County. He attended secondary school in Huşi and high school at The National High School of Iasi. Then he was a student of the Chemistry – Physics Department of the Faculty of Sciences, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, taking his bachelor’s degree in 1920. In the same year, he was employed as a teaching assistant, Organic Chemistry discipline, at Professor Anastasie Obregia`s recommendation. In 1927 he took his doctoral degree in Chemistry and in 1932 his Doctor of Science degree. Between 1932 and 1933 period he worked in the organic chemistry laboratory of the Collège de France. In 1937, after Professor Obregia`s retirement, Constantin Vasile Gheorghiu was appointed professor at the Organic Chemistry Department.

After the establishment of the Romanian Academy Branch of Iasi, C.V. Gheorghiu organized and led the Organic Chemistry Department of Petru Poni Institute of Organic Chemistry.

In his research activity, he achieved great results regarding the reaction mechanism of allyls and oximes, semicarbazones phototrophy, tetrazolium salts and tuberculosis chemotherapy.

C.V. Gheorghiu was a correspondent member of the Romanian Academy and member of the Chemical Societies of France and Germany. He published numerous popular science articles, and, together with Professor Stefan Procopiu, he was director of ”V. Adamachi” Science Journal.