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Science Emerges From the 'Dark Age' of the Ceausescus

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Science  19 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5371, pp. 1829-1830
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5371.1829

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Robert Koenig BUCHAREST-- Romania has made a substantial effort to get its scientific establishment back on its feet since the "dark age" of Romanian science under its repressive former leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, but, as in most Eastern European countries, there is still a long way to go. Romanian researchers still work within a crumbling scientific infrastructure in which some research institutes have been unable to buy a major new piece of equipment in decades, many institute directors earn the equivalent of $150 a month, and last year's budget for R&D fell below 0.3% of the gross domestic product--compared to about 2.5% of GDP in leading industrial nations. For most Romanian scientists, the aim now is simply to hold on as best they can until the situation improves.