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Learn more about the history of Serbia, its culture and the most notable figures throughout centuries.
The genius of the 20th century whose inventions are still a puzzle for scientists, Nikola Tesla is greatly responsible for the functionality of modern society.
Serbian scientist Milutin Milanković made the most precise calendar. The craters both on the Moon and on Mars were named after him, but the recognition for his work he received only after death.
Mihajlo Pupin, a world renowned scientist who won the Pulitzer prize and significantly improved the telephone technology, arrived to the United States with only five cents in his pocket.
Serbian prince, Rastko Nemanjic as a monk Sava fought for and got the autocephaly of Serbian church and became its first Archbishop and legislator. He built schools, hospitals and monasteries among which the most significant is the Hilandar monastery at Mount Athos. Years later he was declared a saint and today people is honoring him at the biggest orthodox temple in the Balkans, the Saint Sava Temple in Belgrade.
Despot Stefan Lazarevic
Son of Prince Lazar, despot Stefan Lazarevic, also known as Stevan the Tall had successfully balanced between Ottomans and Hungarians, in the time when that was deemed nearly impossible, and had significantly modernized and expanded Serbia. For its welfare, he even proclaimed his lifelong rival, nephew Djuradj Brankoviv (George Brankovic) to be his rightful heir.
King Milan Obrenovic
King Milan Obrenović’s lost collection of exceptional value included masterpieces of great Serbian painters and a collection of Impressionists.
Reforms, writing of the first dictionary of the Serbian language, collecting folk literature, conflicts with the most prominent Serbian figures and keeping company with European elite, family tragedy and the introduction of phonetic orthography into the Serbian language, is the life and work of the most important figure of the Serbian literature in the first half of the 19th century – Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic.
An uneducated boy with great ambition, who later in his life became a monk, only to finally establish himself as the first minister of education in Serbia. He was also a reformist and a teacher, before he became a minister. His path to becoming an educated man was long and exhausting, but his desire to learn and teach was stronger. It was his dedication and hard work that made Serbia closer to Europe and the world and that opened the way for enrichment of Serbian cultural heritage.
A writer and the only Serbian Nobel Prize Laureate, Ivo Andric is also remembered as a diplomat who refused the offer of the Nazi government to take refuge in Switzerland during the war in his country.
The renowned film director Emir Kusturica, beside his work on film and music, is also known for his antiglobalist ideas.
Novak Djokovic, who became the Number 1 tennis player in the world in 2011, secured his place in the history of this sport after a series of 41 wins and three Grand Slam titles in one year.
One of the first Europeans to play a significant role in the NBA league, with over 13,000 points, Vlade Divac is a man Serbia is proud of.
Taken from the web page www.serbia.com.