Belgrade Hall Of Fame

On this page you'll find a list of people who left their mark on the soul of Belgrade during the past 2000 years, either by their personal influence, work, or presence in the city.

hadrian Publius Aelius Hadrianus (76-138), known as Hadrian in English, Emperor of Rome, declares Singidunum a Roman municipium (self-governing city) in mid 2nd century. The Roman Empire reached its peak geographical size under Hadrian's rule, in the year 125. jovijan Flavius Claudius Iovianus (331-364), known as Jovian, Emperor of Rome, born in the city in 331 A.D., restores Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire.
AttilatheHun Atilla the Hun uses the city as a military base for his further penetration into the Balkans, between 441 and 443 B.C., a decade before his death in 453. He is presumably buried 70 km north of the city. Dragutin King Stefan Dragutin (died 1316), first Serbian king to rule the city, makes Belgrade the capital of his Kingdom of Syrmia in 1284.
Stefan Uroš IV Dušan also known as Tsar Dušan (1308-1355) called 'the Mighty', King of Serbia and Emperor (Tsar) of the Serbs and Greeks, resides in the city in 1347. Under his rule Serbia reached its territorial peak and Serbian Empire was one of the larger states in Europe at the time. Also famous for 'Dušan's Code', an universal system of laws he enforced in 1354. despot-stefan
Despot Stefan Lazarević (1374-1427), makes the city the capital of Serbian Despotate in 1404. He was son and heir to St. prince Lazar who heroically died in Great Kosovo Battle in 1389 against the Turks. Despot Stefan was a poet and a moderniser. His reign and his personal literary works are sometimes associated with early signs of the Renaissance in Serbian lands. He introduced knight tournaments, modern battle tactics, and firearms to Serbia.
suleiman-the-magnificent Suleiman the Magnificent (1494 -1566), longest reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. During his rule the empire reached the apex of it's military, political and economic power. Conquered Belgrade in August 1521. That was the beginning of Turkish era in the city that lasted more than 300 years, until 1867. Prinz-Eugen-von-Savoyen1 Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736), was a general of world renown, and one of the most prominent military commanders in European history. During the siege of Belgrade on September 6th, 1688, the Prince suffered a severe wound to his knee by a musket ball. Despite that, he managed to defeat the Turks and liberate the city, but that didn't last long, only until 1690.
Rigas_feraios_01 Rigas Feraios or Rigas Velestinlis (1757—June 13, 1798) was a Greek writer and revolutionary, an eminent figure of Greek Enlightenment, remembered as a Greek national hero, the first victim of the uprising against the Ottoman Empire and a forerunner of the Greek War of Independence. Imprisoned, tortured and executed in Belgrade by the Ottoman Turks. Josif_Pancic Josif Pančić (born Josip Pančić, 1814 –1888) was a Serbian botanist of Croatian origin. He was a famous lecturer at the Great School in Belgrade. He was credited with having classified many species of plants which were unknown to the botanical community at that time. His most significant discovery was the Serbian Spruce, which he named Pinus omorika (omorika being the Serbian name for a spruce), later being reclassified as Picea omorika (Pančić) Purkyne.
dositej Dositej Obradović (1739? – 1811), author, philosopher and linguist. As one of the most influential proponents of Serbian national and cultural Renaissance, he was advocating ideas of European Enlightenment and Rationalism; yet his writings bear clear evidence that he never lost his religion. He became first Minister of Education, and established the University of Belgrade in 1808. MilosObrenovic Miloš Obrenović (1780-1860), Leader of the Second Serbian Uprising. Under his rule, Serbia became an autonomous dukedom within the Ottoman Empire. He is credited with starting the process of reestablishing Serbian statehood, as well as shaping the domestic and foreign policies of the modern Serbian state. He proclaimed Belgrade the capital city in 1841.
starivuk Vuk Stefanović Karadžić (1787-1864), linguist and a major reformer ('Father') of modern Serbian language. He standardized the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet by following strict phonemic principles on the German model. Karadžić's reforms of the Serbian literary language modernized it and distanced it from Serbian and Russian Church Slavonic, instead bringing it closer to common folk speech. Karadžić also translated the New Testament into Serbian, which was published in 1868. Petar_I_Karadjordjevic King Peter I of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, (1844-1921) also known as King Peter the Liberator, was King of Serbia from 1903 to 1918 after which he became the first King of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
Stevan-Mokranjac Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac (1856-1914), is one of the most famous Serbian composers and music educators of the nineteenth century. His work was essential in bringing the spirit of Serbian unwritten folk poems into organized art. He was conductor of Belgrade choir and taught music and singing in various schools and Belgrade Divinity College. A significant number of his works was made for church service, but his most famous pieces are Rukoveti (literally: Works of hand) - collections of songs and music based on motives of Serbian folk music from various regions. cvijic Jovan Cvijić (1865 - 1927) was a Serbian geographer, president of the Serbian Royal Academy of Sciences, and rector of the University of Belgrade. Cvijić was known world-wide among scientists, and received many acknowledgements. He was an associate member of The Soviet Academy of Sciences, Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts, Science association Parnasos in Athens, honorable doctor of Sorbonne and Charles University in Prague. He was honorable member of many geographical, etnographical, natural science, and other associations across the world (Petrograd, Budapest, Bucharest and others). He received English, French and American medals for scientific achievements. Apart from pure geography, Cvijić is known for his work in geology (geomorphology, tectonics, paleogeology and neotectonics). His two books named "Geomorphology" are valuable even today, and represent outstanding base for modern research.
Mihailo_Petrovic Mihailo Petrović Alas (1868 - 1943), was an influential Serbian mathematician and inventor. He was also a distinguished professor at Belgrade University, an academic of the Serbian Royal Academy, and a fisherman. He was a student of Henri Poincare. Petrović contributed significantly to differential equations and phenomenology, as well as inventing one of the first prototypes of an analog computer. SlobodanJovanovic Slobodan Jovanović (1869 -1958) was one of Serbia's most prolific jurists, historians, sociologists and journalists. He distinguished himself with a characteristically clear and sharp writing style later called the "Belgrade style". He was one of the most prominent intellectuals of his time and was for nearly half a century a leader of the Serbian intelligentsia. In his career, he was a lawyer, historian, writer, president of the Serbian Royal Academy (now Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts), professor and rector at Belgrade University, and finally, deputy prime minister and prime minister of the Royal Yugoslav Government in exile.
milutin-milankovic Milutin Milanković (1879-1958), civil engineer, physicist, mathematician. Father of the Theory of Ice Ages (now known as Milankovitch Cycles) and inventor of the most accurate calendar in the world (Revised Julian calendar). Craters on the Moon, Mars (118 km in dia.) and one asteroid (1605 Milankovitch) were named after him. major-gavrilovic Dragutin Gavrilović (1882-1945), Mayor of the Serbian Army in World War I and Colonel of the Yugoslav Royal Army. He is remembered in Serbian history by dramatic order to his troops issued on October the 7th, 1915, the first day of defense of Belgrade against the Austro-Hungarian and German attack during the First World War. Preparing his already decimated troops for a decisive attack, Major Gavrilović delivered the following speech: "Exactly at 3 o'clock enemy is due be crushed by your fierce charge, destroyed by your grenades and bayonets. Cheek of Belgrade, our capital has to be unstained. Soldiers! Heroes! The supreme command has erased our regiment from its records. Our regiment has been sacrificed for the honor of Belgrade and the Fatherland. Therefore, you no longer have to worry for your lives - they do not exist anymore. So, forward to glory! For King and Fatherland! Long live the king! Long live Belgrade!"
Aleksandar-Karadjordjevic King Alexander I Karadjordjević 'the Unifier' (1888-1934), son of king Peter I, was the first king of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1929–34) and before that king of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (1921–29). He was assassinated in 1934, in Marseilles, France, by fascist-sponsored terrorist group. ivo_andric Ivo Andrić (1892-1975), novelist, short-story writer. Nobel Prize laureate in Literature in 1961 "for the epic force with which he has traced themes and depicted human destinies drawn from the history of his country" in the famous novel "The Bridge on the Drina".
Josip_Broz_Tito Josip Broz TITO (1892-1980), President for Life of Yugoslavia, founder of Non-Aligned Movement. Famous for his break-up with Moscow in 1948. "Stop sending people to kill me," Tito once wrote to Joseph Stalin. "If you don't stop sending killers, I'll send one to Moscow, and I won't have to send a second." Afterwards, Stalin expelled the Yugoslav Communist Party on June 28, 1948. Tito was perhaps the only person who stood up to Stalin and survived. One of the most influential world leaders in the second half of the XX century. Savic_Pavle Pavle Savić (1909 - 1994) was a Serbian physicist and chemist. Together with Irène Joliot-Curie was nominated for Nobel Prize in Physics. He was the president of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts from 1971 to 1981.
mesa-selimovic Meša Selimović (1910-1982), writer, one of the greatest 20th century novelists of Bosnian and Serbian literature. His novel "Death and the Dervish" (Derviš i smrt) (1966) was widely received as a masterpiece and has been translated into numerous languages. svetozar-gligoric Svetozar Gligorić (born 1923) is a Serbian chess grandmaster. He has been champion of Yugoslavia a record of 12 times, and is considered the best player ever in Serbia. During the 1950s and 1960s he was one of the top ten players in the world.
bora-stankovic Borislav "Bora" Stanković (born 1925) is a Serbian former basketball player and coach, as well as a longtime administrator in the sport's various governing bodies. For his contributions to the game of basketball he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991 and also enshrined as a contributor in the FIBA Hall of Fame. FIBA has named the annual international basketball cup after him, "Stanković Cup". pavich Milorad Pavić (born 1929 in Belgrade, died 2009) was a noted Serbian poet, prose writer, translator, and literary historian. Pavić has written five novels that have been translated into English: Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel, Landscape Painted With Tea, Inner Side of the Wind, Last Love in Constantinople and Unique Item as well as many short stories not translated to English. There are more than 80 translations of his writing, into many languages. Milorad Pavić was nominated for the Nobel prize in literature by experts in Europe, the USA and Brazil.
petrovic_aleksandar Aleksandar "Saša" Petrović (1929–1994) was a well known Serbian film director who was one of the leading European directors in the 1960s. Two of his films were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film : Three in 1966 and I Even Met Happy Gypsies (Feather Gatherers) in 1967. The latter film won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. milan-panic Milan Panić (born 1929 in Belgrade) is an American multimillionaire, and California-based business tycoon. Panić served as Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1992-1993. He ran for President of Serbia, finishing second behind Slobodan Milošević.

Dušan Makavejev (born 1932 in Belgrade) is a Serbian film director, famous for his groundbreaking films of Yugoslav cinema in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His first three feature films Man Is Not a Bird (1965), Love Affair (1967), and Innocence Unprotected (1968) won Dušan Makavejev international acclaim, but his next movie WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971), due to sexual-political content, was banned in Yugoslavia and resulted in Makavejev's exile.

bora-ivkov Borislav Ivkov (born 1933 in Belgrade) is a Serbian chess Grandmaster. He was World Junior Champion in 1951. He was World championship candidate in 1965. Still active tournament competitor.
Vladimir_velickovic Vladimir Veličković (born 1935 in Belgrade) is one of the most prominent Serbian painters. Today lives in Paris. He was elected professor at the École Nationale Superièure des Beaux Arts in Paris. He was honored with the highest French award in the field of culture and art, 'Commandeur dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres'. Since 2005 he is member of Académie des beaux-arts, section I, seat #7. He is also member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. charles_simic Charles Simić (born 1938 in Belgrade), Serbian-American poet. Recipient of the 2007 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets and Pulitzer for Poetry in 1990.
zepter Philip Zepter (born 1950) is a Serbian entrepreneur, founder of Zepter International and one of the richest Serbs in the world with an estimated net worth of $5 billion according to Polish magazine Wprost. Miki-Manojlovic Predrag "Miki" Manojlović (born 1950 in Belgrade) is a Serbian actor famous for his starring roles in some of the most important films of former Yugoslav cinema. Since the early 1990s, he successfully branched out into movies made outside the Balkans, meaning that he's currently active in productions all over Europe.
djindjic Zoran Djindjić, PhD (1953-2003), politician and philosopher, leader of Democratic party, became first non-communist mayor of Belgrade after WWII, late prime minister of Serbia, most prominent leader of the Serbian political opposition to Slobodan Milošević during 1990's. He was assassinated in 2003. jovan-kolundzija Jovan Kolundzija, internationally acclaimed violinist from Belgrade.
Vlade_Divac Vlade Divac (born 1968), famous Serbian and NBA basketball player, one of the only three players in NBA history to record 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots, with the two others being hall-of-famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon. Alisa_Maric Alisa Marić, PhD (born 1970 in New York, USA) is an American-born, Serbian chess player, who holds the FIDE titles of Woman Grandmaster and International Master. Lives in Belgrade. She is considered to be the best Serbian female chess player ever and best American-born female chess player ever. Alisa and her twin sister Mirjana are the only twins with grandmaster titles in the history of modern chess.
Zimonjic Nenad Zimonjić (born 1976 in Belgrade) is a professional Serbian tennis player who has been ranked World No. 1 in men's doubles, together with Canadian Daniel Nestor, since November 17, 2008. ana-popovic Ana Popović (born in Belgrade, in 1976) is an international Blues-guitarist and singer.
Stefan_Milenkovic Stefan Milenković (born 1977 in Belgrade) is a concert violinist and a member of the faculty at the Juilliard School and the UniversityIllinois at Champaign-Urbana. Started playing violin at the age of 3. Performed to Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II. Awarded internationally many times. He gave his 1000th concert in 1993. Marija_Serifovic Marija Šerifović, (born 1984), singer, winner of Eurosong contest 2007.
jelena-jankovic Jelena Janković, (born 1985) is a Serbian professional tennis player. In late 2008 she was ranked World No.1 player (WTA)
novak Novak Djoković, (born 1987 in Belgrade), is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked ATP world No. 1. (August 2011).
ana_ivanovic Ana Ivanović, (born 1987, in Belgrade) is Serbian professional  tennis player and former WTA World No.1.