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Zoia Ceaușescu

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Zoia Ceausescu

Mircea Opran

University of Bucharest

Zoia Ceausescu sitting down near the Taj Mahal with two companions and wearing a sky blue dress.
Valentin Ceausescu, Nicu Ceausescu

Nicolae Ceausescu, Elena Ceausescu

20 November 2006 (aged 57) Bucharest, Romania

28 February 1949 (age 57), Bucharest, Romania

Nicu Ceaușescu, Elena Ceaușescu, Nicolae Ceaușescu

Secretele Zoei Ceauşescu

Zoia Ceaușescu ([ˈzoja tʃe̯awˈʃesku], 28 February 1949, Iasi – 20 November 2006, Bucharest) was a Romanian mathematician, the daughter of Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife, Elena.


Zoia Ceaușescu posing with her family and wearing a striped dress and jean pants.

She did her studies at the University of Bucharest. After completing her PhD in Mathematics, she worked as a researcher at the Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy in Bucharest. Her field of specialization was functional analysis. Allegedly, her parents were unhappy with their daughter's choice of doing research in mathematics, so the Institute was disbanded in 1975. She moved on to work for Institutul pentru Creație Științifică și Tehnică (INCREST, Institute for Scientific and Technical Creativity), where she eventually started and headed a new department of mathematics.

Zoia Ceausescu sitting down near the Taj Mahal with two companions and wearing a sky blue dress.

She was married in 1980 to Mircea Oprean, an engineer and professor at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.

Zoia Ceaușescu looking at something and wearing a black dress and eyeglasses.

During the Romanian Revolution, on 24 December 1989 she was arrested for "undermining the Romanian economy" and was released only eight months later, on 18 August 1990. After she was freed, she tried unsuccessfully to return to her former job at INCREST, then gave up and retired. After the revolution, some newspapers reported that she had lived a wild life, having plenty of lovers and often being drunk.

Zoia Ceaușescu posing with her family and wearing a striped dress and jean pants.

After her parents were executed, the new government confiscated the house where she and her husband lived (the house was used as proof of allegedly stolen wealth), so she had to live with friends.

Zoia Ceaușescu sitting down with a group of people and wearing a white dress with floral design.

After the revolution that ousted her parents, Zoia reported that during her parents' time in power her mother had asked the Securitate to keep an eye on the Ceaușescu children, perhaps she felt, out of a "sense of love". The Securitate "could not touch" the children she said, but the information they provided created a lot of problems for the children. She also remarked that power had a "destructive effect" on her father and that he "lost his sense of judgment".

Zoia Ceaușescu sitting down and wearing a light brown dress along with a red scarf.

Zoia Ceaușescu believed that her parents were not buried in Ghencea Cemetery; she attempted to have their remains exhumed, but a military court refused her request.

Zoia was known to be an inveterate smoker. She died of lung cancer in 2006, at age 57.

Selected publications

Zoia Ceaușescu published 22 scientific papers between 1976 and 1988. Some of those are:

  • Ceaușescu, Zoia; Vasilescu, F.-H. (1978). "Tensor products and the joint spectrum in Hilbert spaces" (PDF). Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society. American Mathematical Society. 72 (3): 505–508. doi:10.2307/2042460. JSTOR 2042460. MR 0509243. 
  • Ceaușescu, Zoia (1979). "Lifting of a contraction intertwining two isometries". The Michigan Mathematical Journal. 26 (2): 231–241. doi:10.1307/mmj/1029002216. MR 0532324. 
  • Arsene, Gr.; Ceaușescu, Zoia; Constantinescu, T. (1988). "Schur analysis of some completion problems". Linear Algebra and its Applications. 109: 1–35. doi:10.1016/0024-3795(88)90195-4. MR 0961563. 
  • References

    Zoia Ceaușescu Wikipedia