Presentation of the Winner of the Title »Professor Emeritus« Prof. Dr. Sidney A. Katz

Professor Sidney A. Katz received his doctorate in the field of chemistry in 1962 at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1971 he gained the title of Full Professor at Rutgers University, where he lectured general chemistry, analytical chemistry, radiochemistry, and history of science. Between 1979 and 1985 he was also the Vice Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-Camden.

His research work extends to the fields of studying the role and circulation of microelements in the environment and in biological systems, determining the chemical dangers in the work environment, and radiochemistry and radiation chemistry. He has published over 100 articles in international scientific magazines and written seven books and textbooks. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Toxicology.

Professor Katz is also active in the expert field, functioning as an expert and adviser in various boards for the protection of the environment from toxic substances, and for the treatment of communal and dangerous waste. For his expert work Professor Katz has received several awards from American expert associations, and also received a scholarship from the Fulbright Fund. Professor Katz is also closely connected with the foundation of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences itself and with the operation of today’s Nova Gorica Polytechnic, since he has significantly contributed to the establishment of international co-operation with professors and institutions in the USA, already during the creation of our institution. From 1996 onwards he has been regularly lecturing the subjects Pollution and Water Protection, and Waste Management in the postgraduate study programme Environmental Sciences. All these years he has been an active member of the Senate of the School of Environmental Sciences and a member of committees for the evaluation and defence of master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. His popularity among the students is evident from the high attendance at his lectures and the high marks given in student polls. It is therefore not surprising that a number of postgraduate students have chosen him as mentor.

Even though his work at Nova Gorica Polytechnic is mostly pedagogical, he has also been collaborating with the researchers of the Laboratory for Environmental Research in the research field, which is reflected in joint scientific publications.

Professor Sidney A. Katz is a distinguished and internationally acclaimed researcher and lecturer. With his work he has contributed significantly to the quality of education and the reputation of Nova Gorica Polytechnic in the research and pedagogical fields. For that reason, the Senate of Nova Gorica Polytechnic has awarded him the title Professor Emeritus.