Figures of Plovdiv

Figures of Plovdiv

Ivan Bogorov, Dr (1818 - 1892)

Ivan Bogorov, Dr (1818 - 1892)

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One of the most eminent encyclopedians of the Bulgarian Revival period - a doctor of medicine by education, he was also very much concerned by business matters, economics, geography, industry, transportation, philology, journalistics. He had a leading role among the uilders of Bulgarian literary language with his First Grammar of Bulgarian Language (1844), as well as with the first ever French-Bulgarian and Bulgarian-French Dictionary. He had also had a leading role in publishing the first Bulgarian newspaper - Bulgarian Eagle (1846), which appeared two years after the first BG magazine - Konstantin Fotinovs Lyuboslovie (i.e. Love to Language).

Being a patriot, Dr Bogorov fought against the invasion of foreign words, and especially against the flood of Greek, which was popularly substituting our native language (since Bulgarians were still slaves to the Turkish Ottoman rule and using Bulgarian language was considered as not a prestigious thing to do) ....

Born in 1818 in the town of Karlovo, Ivan Bogorov studied in Constantinople and in Kouroucheshme (in the Greek parish school, where G.S.Rakovski and Sava Dobroplodni also studied). At the age of 19 he went to study at the Richelieu High School in Odessa, Russia (which was the place where Nayden Gerov, Botyo Petkov and Dobri Chintulov received their education).

Bogorov lived in Leipzig, Germany, where he founded the newspaper Bulgarian eagle -a civil, trade and literary newspaper. Then he lived in Constantinople where he wrote for the Constantinople Newspaper, trying to urge the eminent Bugarians, having high-ranking positions in the turkish Empire administration, to use their influence in favour of Bulgarian independent church.

He studied Medicine in Paris, then went back to Constantinople again, then he was a doctor in Plovdiv, where he was publishing his Journal of Science, Crafts and Trade. In Bucharest, Romania, he published his newspaper Nationality and prepared his Academic Dictionary of Bulgarian language.

During the Russo-Turkish War of Liberation (1887-1888) he volunteered as a translator of the Russain Military Commandment. He lived another 14 years in liberated Bulgaria, and died in 1892.

Alexander Bogoridi, Knjaz (1822 - 1910)
Knjaz Alexander Bogoridi - man of law, statesman. Son of probably the most influential person after the Sultan in the Ottoman Empire - Knjaz Stefan Bogoridi (called Stefanaki Bey). Alexander B...
Karel Skorpil  (1859-1944)
Karel Skorpil (1859-1944)
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Czech by origin. Also known under the spelling of Schkorpil (pronounced Sh-korpil). Teacher, archaeologist; museum founder. Spent some time as a teacher of Maths...
Dusho Hadjidekov (around 1827 - 1878)
Eminent trader, public figure, donor; participant in the national liberation movement. He himself funded the construction of the old building of St Trinity School in Plovdiv, and later became its p...
Nedko Donchev Kableshkov (1867 - 1964)
Eminent man of law, journalist and public figure, Nedko Kableshkov is the pioneer of donating in Plovdiv. In 1949 he made a large donation of e...
Nikolay Galov (1943-1993)
Nikolay Galov (1943-1993)
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Nikolai Galov, also popular by the nickname “The colleague Galov", was born on July 5, 1943 in Plovdiv.  He died on Jule 9, 1993, in that same city...
Lyuben Grois (1934 - 1982)
Lyuben Grois (1934 - 1982)
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“Labor is the high price of my freedom” - That thought belongs to the great Bulgarian theatre director, Lyuben Grois, and is taken from his two-volume book of “archives”, released 20 years...
Nikolay Haitov (1919 - 2002)
Nikolay Haitov (1919 - 2002)
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Academician. One of the best Bulgarian writers. Born in the Rhodope Mountain village of Yavrovo. Author of many novels and short stories. Screenplay-writer of wonderful films (Koziat Rog, i.e. Goat...
Stefka Blagoeva (1938-2000)
Stefka Blagoeva (1938-2000)
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Stefka Blagoeva was the founder and main conductor of the Plovdiv Boys’ Choir in 1975. During her conduct the Choir participated in a large number of music festivals all over Bulgaria and Europ...
Lucien Schevalas (1840 - 1921)
Lucien Schevalas (1840 - 1921)
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Lucien Schevalas was born in Obonne, Switzerland. Swiss park designer, gardener of royalties. He graduated from the Forestry Institute in Paris. \r\nHe came to Bulgaria afte...
Alexander Banderov (born 1933-2007)
The poet Alexander Banderov has long worked as a journalist (he has been awarded the Gold Pen Award of the Bulgarian Journalists Union), and later was an editor...