Ştefan Ciobanu (1883 – 1950)

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Historian, professor; graduate of the Faculty of Letters of the University in Kiev; he returned to Bessarabia in early 1917 and joined the Revolutionary National Liberation Movement in May 1917. He distinguished himself as a promoter of the Union and was one of the active participants in the Teachers’ Congress. He was elected in the Country Council and became one of the leaders of the Bessarabian Romanians, being a member of the board of directors of the Country Council and the head of the Education Ministry. After the Union he was Minister of Education for Bessarabia, between 1918 and 1921; he published the first Romanian-language spelling book for the schools in Bessarabia. Professor in Chisinau and then in Bucharest, member of the Romanian Academy (since 1918); secretary, starting with 1925, of the Bessarabian branch of the Transylvanian Association for Romanian Literature and the Culture of the Romanian Nation; collaborator to many newspapers and magazines; he supported the national culture his entire life, being vice-president of the Romanian Academy between 1944 and 1948.