Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

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Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
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Abbreviation SANU / САНУ
Formation 1841
Type National academy
Purpose Science, arts, academics
Headquarters Knez Mihailova St. 35,
Belgrade, Serbia
Website Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

The Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Serbian: Српска академија наука и уметности, САНУ / Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti, SANU) is a national academy and the most prominent academic institution in Serbia, founded in 1841.

The Academy's membership has included Josif Pančić, Jovan Cvijić, Stojan Novaković, Branislav Petronijević, Mihajlo Pupin, Nikola Tesla, Milutin Milanković, Mihailo Petrović-Alas, Bogdan Gavrilović, Ivo Andrić, Danilo Kiš and many other scientists, scholars and artists of Serbian and foreign origin.



Building of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

The Serbian Royal Academy of Sciences (Српска краљевска академија/Srpska kraljevska akademija) was the successor to the Serbian Learned Society (Српско учено друштво/Srpsko učeno društvo) with which it merged in 1892 and accepted its members as its own either regular or honorary members, its tasks and its place in scientific and cultural life. The same had occurred several decades earlier when the Serbian Learned Society on 29 July 1864 took over the place and functions of the Society of Serbian Scholarship (Друштво српске словесности), the first learned society in the Principality of Serbia, founded on 7 November 1841. The Serbian Royal Academy of Sciences was led by members, such as Jovan Cvijić.

In 1864, the Society elected to its membership international revolutionary figures as Giuseppe Garibaldi, Nikolay Chernyshevsky and Alexander Herzen, and was immediately abolished for this action by the conservative government of Prince Michael Obrenović.

The SANU building, built in 1822

Founding of Serbian Royal Academy[edit]

The Academy, right side

Since the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts was founded by law (as the Serbian Royal Academy) of 1 November 1886, it has been the highest academic institution in Serbia. According to the Royal Academy Founding Act, King Milan was to appoint the first academic, who would then choose other members of the academy. The names of the first academics were announced by King Milan on 5 April 1887. At that time, there existed four sections in the academy, which were then called "specialised academies". Four academics were appointed to each section:


Today, the Academy directs a small number of scientific research projects which are realized in cooperation with other Serbian scientific institutions and through international cooperation.


  • Department of Mathematics, Physics and Geo Sciences
  • Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • Department of Technical Sciences
  • Department of Medical Sciences
  • Department of Languages and Literature
  • Department of Social Sciences
  • Department of Historical Sciences
  • Department of Fine Arts and Music


  • Institute for Balkan Studies
  • Institute for Byzantine Studies
  • Geographical Institute "Jovan Cvijić"
  • Ethnographical Institute
  • Institute for the Serbian Language
  • Institute of Technical Sciences
  • Mathematical Institute
  • Institute of Musicology



List of presidents[edit]

Josif Pančić, first President of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (1887–1888)
Aleksandar Belić, longest-serving President of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (1937–1960)
Name Period
Josif Pančić 1887–1888
Čedomilj Mijatović 1888–1889
Dimitrije Nešić 1892–1895
Milan Đ. Milićević 1896–1899
Jovan Ristić 1899
Sima Lozanić 1899–1900
Jovan Mišković 1900–1903
Sima Lozanić 1903–1906
Stojan Novaković 1906–1915
Jovan Žujović 1915–1921
Jovan Cvijić 1921–1927
Slobodan Jovanović 1928–1931
Bogdan Gavrilović 1931–1937
Aleksandar Belić 1937–1960
Ilija Đuričić 1960–1965
Velibor Gligorić 1965–1971
Pavle Savić 1971–1981
Dušan Kanazir 1981–1994
Aleksandar Despić 1994–1998
Dejan Medaković 1998–2003
Nikola Hajdin 2003–2015
Vladimir S. Kostić 2015–Present

See also[edit]



  • Sofija Škorić and George Vid Tomashevich, The Serbian Academy After A Century: An Institution at Risk?, published by The Serbian Heritage Academy of Canada, Toronto, 1987.

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