The Serbian people’s greatest contributions to science, art and culture were made by the individuals included on the list of the 100 most famous Serbs. The list was compiled in 1993 by an expert committee comprising academics from the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, which then published a book titledThe 100 Most Famous Serbs.

For the purpose of this tourism in Serbia website, a short-listed selection of famous personalities, who have special significance outside the borders of Serbia, has been compiled. A number of important individuals from recent history have also been added to the list and there is a section on contemporary individuals who have achieved worldwide fame.

Stefan Nemanja (1114-1200)

Serbian grand prince and founder of the Nemanjić dynasty

Saint Sava (1169-1236)

Educator and the first archbishop of the autocephalous Serbian church

King Milutin (1253-1321)

One of the most powerful mediaeval Serbian leaders

Emperor Dušan (1308-1355)

The first Serbian emperor and legislator

Prince Lazar (1329-1389)

Holy Emperor Lazar, cult figure of the Serbian Kosovo myth

Despot Stefan Lazarević (1377-1427)

Modern ruler, diplomat, warrior and poet

Despot Đurađ Branković (1377-1456)

Serbian ruler and military leader

Count Sava Vladislavić – Raguzinski (1668-1738)

Serbian patriot, Russian count, merchant and secret agent

Đorđe ‘Karađorđe’ Petrović (1768-1817)

Leader of the First Serbian Uprising

Prince Miloš Obrenović (1780-1860)

Prince of Serbia and leader of the Second Serbian Uprising

Prince Mihailo Obrenović (1823-1868)


King Petar I Karađorđević (1844-1921)

Establisher of the Serbian parliamentary constitutional monarchy

Field Marshal Živojin Mišić (1855-1921)

One of the most distinguished Serbian military leaders

Nikola Pašić (1845-1926)

The longest-serving Serbian politician and statesman

Dr Zoran Đinđic (1952-2003)

Philosopher, politician, prime minister and a role model for modern Serbia


RuđerBošković (1711-1787)

Polymath, astronomer and scientist

Vuk Stefanović Karadžić (1787-1864)

Linguist, ethnographer, historian and Serbian language reformer

Josif Pančić (1814-1888)

Doctor, botanist and the first president of the Kingdom of Serbia Academy

Jovan Cvijić (1865-1927)

Founder of Serbian geography

Mihajlo Pupin (1854-1935)

Scientist and inventor

Milutin Milanković (1879-1958)

Author of the theory of ice ages and creator of the most accurate calendar in existence

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)

One of the world’s greatest inventors

Dositej Obradović (1739-1811)

Literary author, philosopher, teacher and educator of the people

Petar II Petrović Njegoš (1813-1851)

One of the greatest Serbian poets, ruler and bishop of Montenegro

Borisav Stanković (1876-1927)

One of the most important Serbian realist authors.

Branislav Nušić (1864-1938)

The greatest Serbian comic writer

Branko Radičević (1824-1853)

Serbian poetry is divided into that which came before him and that which came after him

Vojislav Ilić (1862-1894)

Realist poet and bohemian

Đura Jakšić (1832-1878)

Writer, painter and bohemian

Ivan Gundulić (1589-1638)

Celebrated Dubrovnik baroque poet

Ivo Andrić (1892-1975)

1961 winner of Nobel Prize for Literature

Isidora Sekulić (1877-1958)

Serbian writer and first female Academy member

Jovan Dučić (1871-1943)

Serbian poet, writer and diplomat

Jovan ‘Zmaj’ Jovanović (1833-1904)

Children’s poet, lyricist of Serbian romanticism, doctor and publisher

Jovan Sterija Popović (1806-1856)

The father of Serbian drama, comedy writer

Laza K. Lazarević (1851-1891)

Doctor and progenitor of the Serbian psychological story

Laza Kostić (1841-1910)

Serbian poet, journalist and translator

Meša Selimović (1910-1982)

Distinguished Serbian writer from Bosnia and Herzegovina

MilanRakić (1876-1938)

Serbian poet, diplomat and Academy member

Milena Pavlović-Barili (1909-1945)

One of the most interesting European painters from the interwar period

Miloš Crnjanski (1893-1977)

Writer, story-teller, romanticist and playwright

Nadežda Petrović (1873-1915)

The most important Serbian female painter from the end of the 19thcentury and beginning of the 20thcentury

Paja Jovanović (1859-1957)

Typical representative of Serbian academic realism

Radoje Domanović (1873-1908)

Author of Serbian satirical short stories

SavaŠumanović (1896-1942)

One of the most important Serbian painters of the 20thcentury

Stevan Mokranjac (1856-1914)

Serbian classical composer and music teacher

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