Members of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU) elected physicist Zoran Knežević to replace outgoing president Vladimir Kostić on Thursday.
Knežević and composer Svetislav Božić were nominated to head the SANU. Božić is one of the Academy members who backed Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić at the latest presidential elections in April 2022.
Knežević comes to the new post from the job of SANU Secretary General. He won 75 votes against Božić’s 33.
The Academy also elected two vice presidents and new secretary-general.
Knežević graduated in astronomy from the Faculty of Science and Mathematics in Belgrade in 1972, received his master’s degree in 1976, and his doctorate in 1989.
Worldwide he is recognized as of the biggest experts for small bodies in space, and at the suggestion of Italian astronomers, the Knežević 3900 asteroid was named after him.
He works at the Astronomical Observatory in Belgrade, where he held several prominent positions over the years.
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