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Milutin Milankovic
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    (May 28, 1879-December 12, 1958)
    Born in Dalj, Croatia
    Graduated from Vienna Institute of Technology (1904)
    Designed many aqueducts and bridges in Austria-Hungary as engineer
    Wrote ‘Contribution to the Mathematical Theory of Climate’ (April 5, 1912), ‘About the Issue of the Astronomical Theory of Ice Ages’ (1914), ‘Mathematical Theory of Thermal Phenomena Caused by Solar Radiation’ (1920), ‘Through Distant Worlds and Times: Letters from a Wayfarer in the Universe’ (1928), and ‘Canon of Insolation and the Ice-Age Problem’ (1941)
    Revised the Julian Calendar (1923)
    Worked with Alfred Wegener and Vladimir Köppen when calculating the Earth’s axis of rotation and its orbit around the Sun (1924)
    Coined the term Milankovitch cycles when referring to the relationship between Earth’s long-term climate changes and recurrent orbit changes
    Died in Belgrade, Serbia
    As a child, he didn’t have much interest in physical activities like sports.
    For three years, he wrote a letter to an imaginary friend every month. (1925-1927)
    He and his wife chose to stay behind in Yugoslavia when it became a communist country while their son and daughter-in-law fled to Australia.
    His work was looked down upon during the 1950s, when his predictions regarding glacial deposits didn’t come true until two decades later.
    He was an expert in mathematics, which he applied to his career in engineering and research.
    He wanted science to be made readily available to everyone even if they’re not scientists.
    During World War I, he became a prisoner of war and was sent to a camp in Hungary for six months until he was permitted to live in Budapest with his family as long as he reported to the police every week.
    His international fame gave him more freedom compared to his fellow countrymen during former Yugoslavia’s communist era.
    He is shown on the obverse of the 2000 Serbian dinar bill.

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