Friday, March 09, 2007
Lyubomir Miletich (14 January 1863–1 June 1937) was a leading Bulgarian linguist, ethnographer, dialectologist and historian, as well as the chairman of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences from 1926 to his death.
Born in Štip, today in the Republic of Macedonia, Miletich finished the Zagreb Secondary School for Classical Education in 1882 and graduated in Slavistics from the University of Zagreb and University of Prague. Miletich participated in the foundation of Sofia University in 1888. He became a Ph.D. of philology and Slavic philology of the University of Zagreb in July 1889 and went on to become the dean of the university's Faculty of History and Philology during the 1903-04 academic year. During the 1900-01 and 1921-22, he was the rector of the University of Zagreb.
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Since 1898, Miletich was a member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, which it presided from 1926 until his death. Similarly, he was the chairman of the Bulgarian Macedonian Scientific Institute from 1927 to his death.
Miletich was a doctor honoris causa of the Kharkiv University, a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well of the Russian Historical Society, the Polish Academy of Learning, the South Slavic Academy of Sciences, the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Czech Scientific Society and the Czech Ethnographic Society, the Hungarian Ethnographic Society and the Russian Archaeological Institute.
Miletich died in Sofia on 1 June 1937.