I was born in Zagreb on 26 May 1955. As the Orlic family comes from Punat, a small city on the Island of Krk, I soon came in touch with the sea. Later, I became interested in mathematics and physics, and eventually, combining my interest and my love, have graduated from the University of Zagreb (1978) and have obtained M.Sc. (1981) and Ph.D. (1988) degrees by doing research in physical oceanography. Travels took me to several European research institutions, and I have spent a year at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, USA, as a Fulbright scholarship fellow (1993).
After graduation, I worked for a while at the Center for Marine Research of the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb, and later have moved to the Faculty of Science where I work today as a Professor. I had a number of administrative duties: Coordinator of the Graduate Study of Physics (1994-2000), Head of the Geophysical Department (1996-2000), and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science (2000-2002). However, after becoming involved in the management of several projects - national project on atmosphere-sea interaction, Italian-Croatian-Slovenian ADRICOSM project, American-Croatian-Italian DOLCE VITA project, and European ESEAS project - I am again spending more time doing oceanography.
I have always been interested in both the empirical and theoretical aspects of physical oceanography. On one hand, this has led me to the membership in the working group for organization of MEDALPEX experiment in the Northern Adriatic (1981-1983), to the supervision of tide-gauge station at Bakar and performance of measurements with a pressure tide gauge at several sites in the Northern Adriatic (since 1983), and to the organization of an experiment in what is probably the least studied part of the Croatian coastal waters - the Velebit Channel (1998). On the other hand, I have collaborated on the models reproducing response of the sea, in particular the Adriatic Sea, to the air-pressure and wind forcing (since 1981), have been concerned with inertial oscillations (1984, 1987, 1995) and seiches (1997, 1999), and did some work on processes driven by both the surface and coastal buoyancy forcing (1993, 1996). What usually satisfied me most, however, is the middle ground where empirical and theoretical results are compared and related one to the other.
I am a full member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, president of the Croatian Committee of Geodesy and Geophysics, and a member of the Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Mediteranee, American Geophysical Union and The Oceanography Society. As a secretary and eventually editor of the Geofizika journal I have had an opportunity to cooperate with a wide circle of oceanographers, meteorologists, and seismologists. My hobbies include study of the history - of oceanography but also of classical music - as well as cycling, hiking and swimming. In the outdoor activities I am often joined by wife Alemka, who is a musician. We have son Niksa, a computer engineer, and daughter Ivana, a speech pathologist. They are both married and we have three grandsons, Jakov, Karlo, and Simun.