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Zdenko Škrabalo

Zdenko Škrabalo
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
9 June 1992 – 28 May 1993
Prime Minister Hrvoje Šarinić
Preceded by Zvonimir Šeparović
Succeeded by Mate Granić
Personal details
Born (1929-08-04)4 August 1929
Sombor, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died 12 January 2014(2014-01-12) (aged 84)
Zagreb, Croatia
Nationality Croatian
Political party Croatian Democratic Union
Alma mater University of Zagreb

Zdenko Škrabalo (4 August 1929 – 12 January 2014) was a Croatian academician and diplomat and former foreign minister of Croatia.

After finishing high school in his home town of Sombor, Škrabalo enrolled at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine, and graduated in 1953, where he also received a doctorate with a thesis on disorders of endocrine glands. He attended several seminars around Germany, and he founded the first German laboratory for the cytopathology of endocrine glands. He also attended seminars at medical schools in London, Leuven, Boston and Toronto. In 1976 he became full professor at the Zagreb University School of Medicine, and he was also a guest lecturer at universities in Dacca, Boston, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Valletta.

Škrabalo also worked for the diabetes treatment. He is notable for being the first researcher who described the parasitic disease piroplasmosis in humans and his later research was concerned with thyroid pathology, andrology and diabetes. He auhored over 250 research articles and is a member of numerous Croatian and international physicians' associations. He is also a member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1992.

Škrabalo became engaged in politics in the early 1990s, and between 1991 and 1992 he was advisor to the President of Croatia Franjo Tuđman for dealing with specialised agencies of the United Nations. From 1992 to 1993 he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, and after that he served as Croatia's ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein (1993–1995). In 1995 he was awarded the honorary title of professor emeritus of the University of Zagreb and from 1996 to 2000 he served as ambassador to Hungary. In 2000 Škrabalo went into retirement.

His younger brother Ivo Škrabalo was also active in Croatian politics, but in the Croatian Social Liberal Party.

On 12 January 2014, he died at Zagreb.[1]


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  • Biography at the Croatian Foreign Affairs Ministry (Croatian)
  • "Zdenko Škrabalo - Biografija".  
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