Nicolae Margineanu's journey started in 1905 in the village Obreja, and ended in 1980 in Cluj. He began his life under austro-Hungarian domination, was a witness to the 1918 Union, lived under three kings: Ferdinand, Carol II and Mihai, and survived all of Romania's dictatorships, from absolute monarchy to the legionnaires rebellion, the antonescian dictatorship and finally Communism. Born under Franz Iosef, he died under Ceausescu.
Nicolae Margineanu studied psychology at the University of Cluj and had post-graduate studies in Leiptzig, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris and London. He was awarded a Rockefeller scholarship for two years in the great american Universities of Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Chicago and Duke.
He returned to Romania and became a professor at the University of Cluj.
He was arrested in 1948 and spent 16 years in the prisons of: Malmaison, Jilava, Pitesti, aiud and Gherla.
One of Romania's greatest psychologists. a sixteen year political prisoner, with prodigious work despite his tragic destiny.