Exhibition “Dr. Đorđe Radić” (1839 – 1922)

Nov 3, 2021

The exhibition “Dr. Đorđe Radić (1839 – 1922), agricultural educator and scientist – by pen and deed, part of all and greatest among them,” whose creators are Dragan Draskovic and Olivera Cosovic, is to be on display in the Small Salon of the National Museum of Zrenjanin starting from Wednesday, February 3, 2021. The organizers of the exhibition are the Association of Engineers and Technicians of Serbia, the Association of Engineers of Zrenjanin, and the National Museum of Zrenjanin. The curator is Vladislava Ignjatov, curator-historian. The exhibition is planned to be displayed until March 2, 2021.

Admission is free.

In accordance with special epidemic measures, the number of visitors is limited, and it is obligatory to wear masks and maintain a distance of 2 meters.

 ABOUT ĐORĐE RADIĆ

Dr. Đorđe Radić (1839 – 1922) was born in Veliki Bečkerek. He was an agricultural educator and scientist, the first doctor of agricultural sciences in our country and an honorary member of the Serbian Royal Academy. He was the first Serb to earn a Doctorate in Philosophy with an agricultural dissertation at the University of Vienna. The name of Đorđe Radić became widely known and sought in Serbia, leading Prince Mihailo Obrenović to engage him in works several times, the first in 1864.

After founding the Society for the Polish Economy in 1869, Dr. Đordje Radić came to Serbia where a new period of his life and work began. The knowledge he acquired through schooling, as well as the practical knowledge acquired by touring and studying the agricultural achievements of many European countries (from 1862-1869 he visited Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Belgium) was put towards and devoted to the enlightenment and advancement of Serbian peasants.

The importance and contribution of Dr. Đordje Radić in developing Serbian agriculture is best illustrated by his works: over 40 published books and more than 500 published articles and editorials in the newspapers Seljak, Težak, Domaćin, Cvetarstvo, Additionally, he was a member of 67 agricultural and cultural societies (including three in America).

Among his many scientific achievements, notable are the hybridization of corn which he initiated prior to this being done in the USA, the creation of various new varieties of corn and potatoes, as well as other new types of vegetables, the production of the first cotton in Hungary, the development of a “nobler” breed of cattle, among many other successful experiments in crossbreeding. He performed experiments in silkworm breeding, and thanks to him, new devices and tools were procured and introduced locally at that time – iron plows and drills with a winch. He worked on the establishment of agricultural schools in Požarevac, Danilovgrad, and Kraljevo, served as Secretary in the Serbian Agricultural Society, and cooperated with many of the most esteemed figures in agricultural science in Europe and the world of his time.

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