Stojković, Atanasije

Stojković, Atanasije (Стойковіч, Афанасій; Stoikovich, Afanasii), b 20 September 1773 in Ruma, Serbia, d 2 June 1832 in Kharkiv. Serbian novelist, physicist, and philosopher; one of the main representatives of Serbian sentimentalism and the author of the first systematic monograph on physics in Serbian (3 vols, 1801–3). After receiving his PH D from Göttingen University (1804) he became the first professor of physics at Kharkiv University (1805–13) and served as its rector (1807–8, 1811–13). He wrote books in Russian on the foundations of physics and physical astronomy.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 5 (1993).]

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