|I feel both very pleased and
very honoured by the invitation to say a few words to the audience present
here today about Professor Djordje Mušicki, my very dear and revered teacher,
later a colleague in teaching at the Faculty of Physics in Belgrade. With
this address I wish, in the first place, to express once more, but never
too many times, my deepest appreciation not only for all that Professor
Mušicki has done for me and my evolution into a physicist, but also for
his immense contribution to the vigorous growth of hysics in Belgrade and
in Serbia, as well as to the general development of the Belgrade University.
I also wish to pay my tribute to his exceptional and varied qualities and
abilities, scientific, professional, pedagogic and humane, still so vivid
and conspicuous after a decade of retirement.
Professor Mušicki has had a reputation of exquisite theoretical physicist over a considerable period of time. Many among the people present here today might be unaware of the fact that it has been Prof. Mušicki's desire, ever since he made his first steps in science, to dedicate himself to Theoretical Physics only, never feeling a shred of vocation to try his skills in experiment. He was lucky to see this wish of his granted, although it went all very slowly and gradually at the outset, as the Theoretical Physics had no tradition in Belgrade in the fifties. At that time, Djordje Mušicki was the only teaching assistant with such "strange inclinations" within the then-existing Department of Physics at the Faculty of Science and Mathematics in Belgrade (the Department evolved into Faculty of Physics nowadays); everybody else were experimentalists.