I have received several inquiries about the possible death of Marija Kosec. Unfortunately, Kosec indeed died in late December although its unclear if the exact date was Dec. 23 or 24, 2012.
In an obituary I posted about Kosec on ACerS’ main website last week, I noted that she had been the head of Electronic Ceramics Department of Jozef Stefan Institute and led the Centre of Excellence NAMASTE (Advanced Materials with the Technologies of the Future).
Her colleagues remember Kosec as an avid supporter of the European Union’s program for Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), and she represented Slovenia in COST’s Materials, Physics and Nanosciences Domain Committee.
Kosec also was past president of MIDEM (Society for Microelectronics, Devices and Materials of Slovenia), the Ceramic Session at the Slovenian Chemical Society, and Slovenian Academy of Engineering Sciences.
Besides being a member of ACerS, Kosec was a member of several other ceramic societies and a member of the World Academy of Ceramics. In 2003, she was named Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia.
In 2010, Jana magazine profiled Kosec in a piece about her passion for her work, titled “A Woman in a Man’s World.”
For more on her work, VideoLectures.net (an EU supported project of the Jozef Stefan Institute), has posted nine of Kosec’s lectures, including the one featured above.