Scientific conference ’Sima Lozanić’s Contribution to Science, Education, Economy and Society’

The two-day scientific conference titled ’Sima Lozanić’s Contribution to Science, Education, Economy and Society’, organized on the occasion of 175 years since his birth, opens at the SASA Grand Hall, on Wednesday, 10 May, at 10 a.m. This conference is being organized during the campaign ’The Year of Academician Sima Lozanić (b. Belgrade, 1847 – d. Belgrade, 1935) who was one of our most significant chemists, a distinguished politician and a diplomat.

Academician Sima Lozanić was a professor and rector of Belgrade Higher School, the first rector in the history of the University of Belgrade, a president of the Serbian Royal Academy, envoy to London, minister of national economy and minister of foreign affairs.

He worked on the establishment of the Faculty of Agriculture. Working as the minister of economy, he was in a position to pass laws and boost the country’s industrialization, which contributed to the development of the Serbian state in this period. He also made a significant achievement in the exploration of the natural resources of Serbia, he analysed ore, minerals, meteorites, as well as mineral and potable water.

Twice he was elected president of the Serbian Royal Academy (for the periods between 1899–1900, and 1903–1906). Academician Lozanić was a member of a great number of domestic and international scientific associations, an honorary president of the Serbian Chemical Society, and a corresponding member of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts (JAZU) and the Czech Academy of Sciences.

He left an indelible mark on our and world science as a chemist, while with his educational and political actions, he contributed immeasurably to the development of Serbian education, economy and industry.

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