Who married Petru Poni?

Matilda Cugler-Poni married Petru Poni .

Petru Poni

Petru Poni

Petru Poni (4 January 1841 – 2 April 1925) was a Moldavian (later Romanian) chemist and mineralogist.

Born into a family of răzeși (free peasants) in Săcărești, Iași County, he attended primary school in Târgu Frumos. In 1852, he enrolled in Academia Mihăileană; among his teachers were August Treboniu Laurian and Simion Bărnuțiu. He entered the University of Paris in 1865, studying chemistry there. He returned home following graduation, teaching physics and chemistry at Iași's National College and at the military high school. In 1878, he became a professor at the University of Iași, at first teaching at the medicine and science faculties, later only in the mineral chemistry department of the latter. He served as Religious Affairs and Education Minister three times: in 1891, 1895-1896 and in 1918. A bitter rival of his was the Conservative Titu Maiorescu, and he was obliged to leave the Liberal cabinet in 1896 after a dispute related to the Romanian Orthodox Church. When not in government, he continued to work in his chemistry laboratory in Iași.

A titular member of the Romanian Academy from 1879, he was also the Academy's president between 1898 and 1901, and again between 1916 and 1920. His wife was the poet Matilda Cugler-Poni.

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Matilda Cugler-Poni

Matilda Cugler-Poni

Matilda Cugler-Poni (April 2, 1851 – September 9, 1931) was a Romanian poet.

Born in Iași, her parents were Carol von Cugler, an architect of Austrian origin, and his wife Matilda (née Hefner), of Czech origin. She had a careful education under the guidance of private tutors; this included extensive readings in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Romanian literature. She was the first woman who was actively involved in a literary circle in Romania, the prestigious Junimea. Her first published work was the poem "Unei tinere fete" ("To a Young Girl"), which appeared in 1867 in Convorbiri Literare, Junimea's journal, which went on to run her verses until 1893. She also submitted writings for Familia, Columna lui Traian, Albina, Tribuna and Viața Românească.

Cugler-Poni belonged to the first group of convorbirist poets, who authored sentimental verses. A representative work was the 1874 book Poezii. Together with Veronica Micle, she was a modest precursor of feminine lyricism. Romantic in the fashion of Heinrich Heine and Nikolaus Lenau, her poems speak of longing, abandonment and betrayal. She also authored naturalist short stories that dealt with suburban tramps, craftsmen or small merchants from a moralist viewpoint. In 1881, she published a two-act comedy, Un tutor.

Her first husband was the philologist Vasile Burlă; she later married chemist Petru Poni.

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