Milutin Milankovic finally gets monument in Belgrade

One of the biggest world scientists of Serbian descent of all times gets a monument in Vracar by the end of the year

Tuesday 30th of May 2017

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Serbian scientist, academician and professor of Belgrade University will have got a monument in the park "Milutin Milankovic" in Vracar by the end of the year. Four meters high bust with stand will be placed in front of the central path that leads to Observatory building near meteorological quart. Academic sculptor Zoran Ivanovic is the winner of the open competition for making the bust of famous scientist and today, 30th May, he will sign a contract in the premises of Association "Milutin Milankovic".

Although the competition for making the bust of Milutin Milankovic was finished in 2012, the city of Belgrade have not provided resources until now. This artist`s conceptual solution was chosen three years ago when the open competition was finished. The Association "Milutin Milankovic" took the responsibility for collecting resources for making and setting up the stand. Sculptor Zoran Ivanovic`s model was the best one showing the famous scientist and thus won over 40 other contestants.

Milutin Milankovic (1879 - 1958) is the most significant Serbian scientist, academician and professor of Belgrade University who spent his career in Serbia. He stood out with his talent and hard work in mathematics, climatology, meteorology, astronomy, geology, geophysics, geography and construction. He is the most famous as an author of explanation of Earth's long-term climate changes caused by changes in the position of the Earth in comparison to the Sun and he also explained the mystery of ice ages.

His life story begins on 28th May 1879 on Slavonian plain in the village of Dalj, a settlement on the banks of the Danube near Osijek where he finished secondary school. The Danube with its magnitude and flow became an obsession of time and space for Milankovic. The river was giving him necessary security in life and it was an inspiration for his work.

In honor of his achievements in astronomy, an impact crater on the far side of the Moon was given the name Milankovic at the 14th IAU General Assembly in Brighton in 1970. His name is also given to a crater on Mars at the 15th IAU General Assembly in Sydney in 1973. Since 1993, the Milutin Milankovitch Medal has been awarded by the European Geophysical Society (called the EGU since 2003) for contributions in the area of long-term climate and modeling.