Specialist in Hydrology, Head of Natural Sciences
Born 1928 in Romania, Sorin Dumitrescu graduated from the Civil Engineering University in Bucharest in 1950 (diploma in Hydraulic Engineering). He obtained an MSc (St. Petersburg, 1963) and PhD (Bucharest, 1969) in hydrology. Between, 1950 and 1959 he was hydrologist and then Chief hydrologist at Romania's Hydrological and Meteorological Service and then Director of the Water Research Institute in Bucharest until 1969.
From 1964 onwards, Sorin Dumitrescu participated in all major meetings related to the planning and implementation of the International Hydrological Decade. He was Vice-chairman of the IHD Co-ordinating Council, 1967-1969. Director of the Water Sciences Division, UNESCO and Secretary of the IHP (November 1969-June 1988), he became DADG/SC and focal point on environmental matters (February 1984-June 1988). He was acting Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO between July 1988 and December 1989, with the grade of Assistant Director-General (October 1988-January 1990).
Sorin Dumitrescu was awarded the IAHS International Hydrology Prize 1988.
Scientific publications include various papers on different aspects of hydrology, a monograph on Romania's water resources (co-author), a monograph on the hydrology of Romanian rivers (co-author), a comprehensive study on river flow fluctuations (PhD thesis).