Grigore Antipa

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Grigore Antipa
Antipa foto 1930 Nicolae Leon (decedat 1931).jpg
Native name
Grigore Antipa
BornNovember 27 1867
DiedMarch 9, 1944(1944-03-09) (aged 76)
Known forFounder of the Romanian School of Hydrobiology and Ichthyology

Creator of the Bioceanographic Institute in Constanța (1932)

Director of the National Museum of Natural History (1892 - 1944)

Grigore Antipa (Romanian pronunciation: [ɡriˈɡore anˈtipa]; 27 November 1867 in Botoșani – 9 March 1944 in Bucharest) was a Romanian Darwinist biologist who studied the fauna of the Danube Delta and the Black Sea. Between 1892 and 1944 he was the director of the Bucharest Natural History Museum, which now bears his name.

He is also considered to be the first person to modernize the diorama by emphasizing the three-dimensional aspect and first to use dioramas in a museum setting.

Additionally, Antipa was a specialist in zoology, ichthyology, ecology and oceanography, and was a university professor.

He was elected as member of the Romanian Academy in 1910 and was also a member of several foreign academies. He founded a school of hydrobiology and ichthyology in Romania.