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Born in Thessaloniki, Savić graduated with a degree in physical chemistry from the University of Belgrade in 1932. In 1939, he received a 6 month scholarship from the French government for studying at the Institut du Radium; instead of 6 months, Savić stays for 4 years in France. In the years 1937 and 1938, he worked with Irène Joliot-Curie and Frédéric Joliot-Curie on research action of neutrons on the heavy elements. It was an important step in the discovery of nuclear fission. Together with Irène Joliot-Curie, Savić was nominated for Nobel Prize in Physics.
After the war he was one of the first promoters of the idea of constructing the Vinča Nuclear Institute in Vinča.[not in citation given] He was the principal of the Institute Vinča (in that time called INS "Boris Kidrič") 1960–1961. In 1966 he returned to his position at his alma mater, the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Physical Chemistry and Department of Physics (now Faculty of Physics[not in citation given]).
He was the president of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts from 1971 to 1981.
He was active till his last days. He published his last scientific paper a few months before his death, at the age of 85, in Belgrade.
- About Pavle Savic on serbian science portal Viva fizika
- Institute for Nuclear Sciences – Vinča (Belgrade suburb)
- Institute for Physics, Belgrade
- Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade
- in German, but also links to English pages
- Velikani vremena... (in Serbian)
- about professor Pavle Savić
- A CHRONOLOGY OF THE ATOMIC VIEW OF NATURE