Ten fun facts about Mihailo Petrovic Alas

Fact 1
Though he finished his studies in Serbia in 1889, he traveled to Paris to receive more education.

Fact 2
In 1891 he obtained his degree from Sorbonne University and in 1894 received his doctorate in the field of differential equations.

Fact 3
He was only 31 years old when he became a full member of the Serbian Royal Academy in 1899.

Fact 4
His nickname, Alas, meaning river fisherman, came from his interest in fishing.

Fact 5
He also had an interest in music and played the violin. He founded the musical society Suz in 1896.

Fact 6
He was a member of over 15 groups including the Yugoslav Academy and a number of societies in Prague, Paris and France.

Fact 7
The Ninth Belgrade Gymnasium, founded in 1962, is named after him, specifically titled "IXth Grammar School 'Mihailo Petrovic-Alas'".

Fact 8
He became a fisherman apprentice in 1882 and became a master fisherman in 1895.

Fact 9
He served as an officer in the First World War and also remained a reserve officer.

Fact 10
Though he served again in World War 2, when the war broke out in Yugoslavia, he was captured by Germans.

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Short about Mihailo Petrovic Alas
A Serbian mathematician and inventor.

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