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Mr. Librescu, a Romanian Jew born in 1930, was held in a labor camp during World War II. He later earned a doctorate degree in fluid mechanics and worked as a researcher until the 1970s, when he refused to swear allegiance to the Romanian Communist Party.

Romanian authorities allowed him to emigrate to Israel in 1978, and he came to the United States in 1985 to teach at Virginia Tech.

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