One of the world’s most prominent geophysicist receives plaque at the Academy Library

Milutin Milanković, Serbian geophysicist was interned in Budapest during the First World War. However, thanks to the legendary director of the library at the time, namely mathematician Kálmán Szily, in the end he spent much of his time performing research. The work achieved during this time served as the foundation for his theory of climate change in an astronomical context. This episode of scientific history is now commemorated by a plaque in the reading room of the Academy Library.

24 April, 2017

“Libraries are rarely locations where scientific discoveries in natural sciences are made. When, however, extraordinary people meet in extraordinary times, even this is possible.” These were the opening words of Vice-president Domokos Szász during his speech made at the unveiling ceremony of Milutin Milanković’s plaque at the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. According to the inscription on the plaque the Serbian scientist was able to Please click here to read Mr. Domokos's speech delivered during the ceremony“carry on with his research during the First World War (1914-1918).

It was here that he established his theory about the connection between astronomical factors influencing the amount of solar energy that reaches the Earth and the long-term change in climate.”

István Monok, Domokos Szász and László Szarka druing the ceremony Source: / Tamás Szigeti

The plaque was unveiled on 20th April by László Szarka, director general of the Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and initiator of the commemoration and István Monok, director general of the Academy Library. According to Mr. Szarka, the aim of the commemoration was to highlight this fundamental piece of scientific achievement in regards to climate research as well as the extraordinary circPhoto gallery of the meeting between president László Lovász and Vladimir Kostic, president of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Artsumstances of how it came into being.

The plaque dedicated to Milutin Milanković at the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Source: / Tamás Szigeti