"Serbian Geological Society"
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|| Jakša Vlahović, BA, Graphic Artist
collaboration: Prof. Dr. Zoran
Stevanović, President of the
Serbian Geological Society
|Stamps in set
|Size (width x height)
||Mini Sheets of 8 stamps + label
||Offset, 4 colours
On February 23,
Serbian Post Authority issued a single stamp to commemorate
125th Anniversary of the Serbian Geological Society.
A building of the society is depicted on the background of the stamp, Jovan M. Žujović
on the foreground.
Jovan M. Žujović (1856, Brusnica, Gornji Milanovac - Belgrade, 1936) was an
anthropologist, known as a pioneer in geological and paleontological
science in Serbia. He is known, among other things, for his
anthropology. In his book, Stone Age, published in 1893, relying mostly
on French scientists, he reviewed the contemporary state of knowledge
in paleoanthropology. Later, between 1927, and 1929, in the
Genesis of the Earth and Our Country, he wrote about the biological
past of the Earth starting from the beginning of mankind. The work
takes particular interest in the history of the Balkan peninsula.
Motif on stamp: portrait of Jovan
(painting by Uroš Predić)
and Captain Misha’s Edifice
Serbian Geological Society is one of our oldest
scientific organizations and the first geologists’ society in the Balkans. At the
time of its creation, there were only two more “learned societies” in Serbia –
Serbian Medical Society and Serbian Archeological Society. In the premises of
the Belgrade Higher School, on 23 February 1891 a meeting was held when the
participants decided to found a society with the primary task “to
perform geological investigations of Serbia and other countries of the Balkan
Peninsula and to inform its members and other interested parties about the
achievement in the field of geology and affiliated sciences.” The name of the society
was given by Sima Lozanić, a professor of chemistry at the Belgrade Higher
during his lectures in Germany.
The members of the Serbian Geological Society were many great scientists and explorers, who left an important mark in
Serbian and world science: Jovan
(the founder of the Society, minister
in several governments, rector of the Higher School, president of the
Serbian Royal Academy), Jovan Cvijić (president of the Serbian Royal Academy),
Sava Urošević (rector of the Higher School), Milutin Milanković (world
authority in the field of climate and celestial mechanics), Vladimir Laskarev (one
of the most eminent European geologists).
Many initiatives were taken at the Serbian
Geological Society and one of the most important was a systemytic
geological mapping of our country, the result of which was the Basic Geological
Map of the entire territory of the ex – Yugoslavia, completed in the 1970s.
Seismological Institute, Museum of Natural History, Geological Institute in Belgrade,
as well as other scientific societies in Serbia were founded at the initiative
of the Society’s members. In its history, the Society has become an active
member of many international organizations where the views of geologists and
geology of Serbia are supported: International Union of Geological Sciences,
Association of European Geological Societies, European Federation of Geologists and
Balkan Geological Association.
Latest update 30.11.2017
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