Vol.2, No 10, 2000 pp. 1457-1458
PhD, Professor of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Minister of Education, Ministry of Education,
In 1975 he was awarder the October prize for the success during the studies
and his final graduate work. He got the same prize in 1978, but this time
for his master's thesis "Contribution to bending torque determining for
a ship on a stormy sea". Milivoje Simonović also got the October prize
in 1987 for his Ph.D. thesis "Contribution to hydro-dynamic theory of the
ship rolling". His mentor for the Ph.D. thesis was Ljubodrag Radosavljavić,
who was one of the world's leading authorities in the field of ship dynamics
at that time. In 1984 at the 16th Yugoslav Congress of Theoretical and
Applied Mechanics in Portoroz, MIlivoje Simono-vić, Ph. D. received a special
diploma "Rastko Stojanović", which is assigned to young scientific workers
for outstanding scientific contributions in the papers presented at congresses.
||Milivoje Simonović, Ph.D., associate professor at the Faculty of Mechanical
Engineering in Belgrade, the Chairman of Department for Mechanics and Minister
of Education in Serbian Government, was born on October 20th 1951in Trmka
near Kuršumlija. He attended primary school in Kosovo Polje and secondary
technical school in Priština. In the school year 1970/71 he envalled mechanical
engineering department of the Technical Faculty in Priština and after completing
the second year he continued his studies at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
During his studies at the Faculty of Mechanical Engi-neering in Belgrade
he used to pass his exams even before finished semester lectures and he
graduated one semester before the term. As a student who passed all five
exams at De-partment for Mechanics with highest grades, he was engaged
in performing mechanics classes as a demonstrator and he was immediately
engaged in teaching Theory of Oscillations, the final subject of the Mechanics
In 1975 Milivioje Simonović came to Department for Mechanics at the
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Belgrade. He started postgraduate
studies in the same year at the group for applied mechanics. During his
preparations for the master's thesis, Simonović started studying the complex
theory of the ship rolling, which was at that time outside frame of the
theory (which had been) founded by Kirilov. Simonović presented the results
of Kirilov's theory researching in the manner of a scientist with mature
experience with a sequence of new original scientific results, which were
presented as a complex method accommodated for efficient application in
With this work Simonović indicated that in the future he would strongly
develop his abilities as a scientist who developed a strong and stable
theory basis in his papers on the basis of which he would build many engineering
methods directly applicable in practice. Simonović started his research
in hydrodynamic impact to the ship rolling at the time when all ranked
institutes, which studied the ship dynamics, searched for the analytical
form of the solution for hydro-dynamic impact to the bending torque of
the ship with the knowledge that the solution would be the turning point
in the further ship dynamics research. Simonović studied the most significant
empirical researches of that theory at one of the greatest world's centers
of the ship dynamics - the Institute of the Sea Fleet Engineers in Odessa,
during 1982 and 1983. After his specialization at the mentioned institute,
Simonović registered his Ph.D. dissertation, armed with new ideas.
When he completed and presented his dissertation to scientific public,
it has evident that Simonović made a capital work in the field of hydro-dynamic
theory of the ship rolling. Namely, in each chapter of his dissertation
Simonović gave significant scientific contribution, which was at that time
among leading accomplishements in the field of the ship rolling theory.
Simonović's most significant result accomplished in his dissertation was
determining the analytical expression in the form of integral for the wave
velocity diffractional potential using the method of asymptotical growing.
Because of the great importance of Simonović's dissertation it was published
by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Belgrade shortly after dissertation
Hydro-dynamic theory of the ship rolling remained the main subject
of Simonović's scientific interest. But Simonović's ability of adapting
to new scientific fields and quick knowledge adopting in those fields was
amazing. Taking this fact into account, it is no wonder to find Milivoje
Simonović among main authors of the sequence of realized projects on the
strategy of technological development of Serbia or to meet him as the only
author of the methodology for the Serbian faculties ranking. The book was
Everything that professor Simonović did was professional and perfect.
That is the reason he was indispensable in many important jobs at his faculty,
at the University and the Ministry of Education. As an assistant he became
the vice dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Belgrade. Remaining
at that position during two mandates, he was remembered as the best vice
dean for the finance that the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering ever had.
The initial success lead him to the position of the vice president of the
Financial Commission of the Republic Fond for Secondary Oriented Education,
then to the position of the assistant of the Minister of Education in the
Serbian government in 1991 and finally in 2000 to the position of the Minister
His advance in politics, a new field he was involved in with the knowledge
and talent that he permanently expressed in science, is known in public.
What is not known about professor Simonović and what tells much about him
as a highey ethical moral university professor is connected with the fact
that despite his splendid scientific results, at the time when his fourth
textbook was being published, he left us forever without being promoted
to a full professor. During the last three years department suggested Simonović's
promotion three times because he exceeded with his scientific results all
the conditions that the University laws impose to the full professor promotion.
Last time, in June 2000 department suggested Simonović's promotion in his
absence two days before the tragedy near Velika Plana. But Milivoje Simonović
kept refusing that the suggestions leave department and in that way he
prevented his own promotion. His explanation was that he didn't want to
start the procedure of promotion as long as he was in the Serbian government.
This example, which totally agrees with Simonović's high moral codex, is
unique in the world of science and politics that surrounds us today.
Professor Simonović Contributed to placing a large amount of attention
on Mechanics in educating mechanical engineers at the Faculty of Mechanical
Engineering, which made Department for Mechanics the main for applied mechanics.
He took care a all the members of the department, especially the youngest.
Importance of his overall work in the field of Mechanics doesn't remain
only at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. His work in the Yugoslav
Society for Mechanics, in organization of scientific congresses and symposiums,
in publishing international scientific journal Theoretical and Applied
Mechanics Facta Universitatis, was permanent and important not only in
scientific sense but in any other.
His premature tragic death left deep incompensable emptiness
in science and education in Serbia.
Prof. Z. Boričić, Prof. V. Čović, Prof. K. (Stevanović) Hedrih
Translated by T. Nestorović