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Annotated Web Bibliography

Ivan Djaja

Annotated Web Bibliography

Sanja Antonic

Annotated web bibliography about Ivan Djaja, the founder of physiology in Serbia, one of the most renowned Serbian and world scientists, represents selected literature available online.

Web pages of official institutions, electronic sources about life and works of professor Djaja, scientific articles about his biography and works, Ivan Djaja’s works in one of the oldest and the most famous medical database Medline, newspaper articles about Djaja, video materials on YouTube which are a part of the project entitled “Forgotten Minds of Serbia”– Ivan Djaja produced by the National Television and Radio Station of Serbia, and scientific conferences and events dedicated to professor Djaja make this bibliography. The collection of electronic resources is about Ivan Djaja, Serbian biologist, university professor, the founder of the first Department of Physiology in the South-East Europe which he led for 40 years, rector of the University of Belgrade, the first correspondent of “Politika” from abroad, a writer, translator, flautist, full member of the Serbian Royal Academy, corresponding member of the French Academy of Science and an honorary doctor of philosophy of the Paris University. He received the aforementioned academic title as a third Yugoslav after Nikola Tesla and Jovan Cvijic.

Ivan Djaja- Life and Works

  • Ivan Djaja and the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Art (SASA)

    The text about the academician Ivan Djaja on the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Art (SASA) website in Serbian and in English. He became a correspondent of the Academy of Sciences in 1921 and a full member of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Department of Medical Sciences in 1932.

  • Ivan Djaja in a biographical dictionary of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Art (SASA)

    Materials for the Biographical dictionary of the members of the Serbian Society of Letters, Serbian Learned Society, Serbian Royal Academy 1841–1947, authors Ljubomir Nikic, Gordana Zujovic, Gordana Radojicic-Kostic puiblished in 2007. The publication of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Art where its development and chronology are described in detail: Society of Serbian Letters (1841–1864), Serbian Royal Academy (1886–1947). It is 460 pages long and in addition to the history of the institution it contains biographical information and the works of the members written between 1841 and 1947. Life and works of Ivan Djaja are described on pp. 132 and 133.

  • Ivan Djaja’s doctoral dissertation

    Giaja, Jean , Đaja, Ivan, и Djaja, Ivan, “Étude des ferments des Glucosides et des Hydrates de Carbone chez les Mollusques et chez les Crustacés,” Doctoral dissertations of Serbian scientists defended abroad, accessed February 2 2015. The translation of the title of the dissertation in English is “Study on ferments of glycosides and carbohydrates in mollusks and crustaceans”, and it was also cited in the Chronology of his life and works. The digitized version of Ivan Djaja’s doctoral dissertation, i.e. the first 22 pages of the dissertation which is in accordance with the Copyright Law, is available here. The portal “Doctoral dissertations of Serbian scientists defended abroad” is a result of a project titled “Digitization of doctoral dissertations defended until 1941” conducted at the University Library “Svetozar Markovic” in Belgrade. A number of dissertations which were defended by Serbian scientists at foreign universities at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century are digitized within the project which is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and has started in 2014. We digitized the dissertations of scientists and other cultural workers regardless of their place of birth which enables the representation of works of authors who were not born in Serbia but are part of Serbian cultural heritage.

  • Ivan Djaja’s publications at the University Library – online catalog

    Univresity Library “Svetozar Markovic” in Belgrade has Ivan Djaja’s publications and the ones dedicated to the study of his works.

  • Comité des Travaux Historiques et Scientifiques - GIAJA Jean Ivan

    The website of the French Board for Scientific and Historical Works (Comité des Travaux Historiques et Scientifiques) has data about Ivan Djaja (in French: Giaja, Jean Ivan) because he studied and earned his PhD in France and his mother was French.

  • Ivan Djaja in Selected Biographies

    Selected Biographies (Volumes I– IV) were published by Matica Srpska and a part of it is digitized and it is available on the Internet. This is quite an informative book which contains a text about Ivan Djaja written by Desanka Kostic on p.136 and a text about his father Bozidar Doro, who was “the captain of long voyage, commander of a ship and a writer”. The second text was written by Milica Bujas and can be found on p.135.

  • Serbian encyclopedia – Ivan Djaja

    Serbian encyclopedia is an open encyclopedia and everyone can contribute to the Cyrillic script if they work on it. It is also a dictionary where one can find colloquial and standard words which testify to the linguistic wealth of Serbian people. This encyclopedia contains a comprehensive text about Professor Ivan Djaja with all the necessary references.

  • Serbian treasure – Ivan Djaja

    The text about life and works of Ivan Djaja on the website “Serbian treasure” which deals with Serbian culture and tradition and with the most important Serbs.

  • Wikipedia – Ivan Djaja

    A comprehensive text about Ivan Djaja on Wikipedia written in the best approach to Open knowledge. The complete biography and works by professor Djaja and a descriptive bibliography of sources used, both in standard format and on the Internet, are enlisted.

Ivan Djaja in PubMed

PubMed comprises more than 24 million references of biomedical literature from the Medline base in open access published by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Medline is premier bibliographic database in the field of biomedical sciences. In addition to bibliographic data about every article from over 5000 journals there is a link to the full text. Availability of an article in full text is conditioned by subscription for an electronic version of a journal (via KoBSON or in another way). Every article is indexed according to the entries from the controlled terminological thesaurus Medical Subject Headings - MeSH

Scientific papers about Ivan Djaja


    Ivan Djaja (Jean Giaja) and the Belgrade School of Physiology ; Physiol. Res. 60 (Suppl. 1): S1-S13, 2011; P. R. ANDJUS, S. S. STOJILKOVIC, G. CVIJIC


    Igic, R. (2003). Can Outstanding Research Be Done Under Less Than Ideal Conditions?. Einstein J. Biol. Med, 20, 23-27.

  • Trifunoski, Jovan F., and Ivan Đaja. Kumanovsko-preševska Crna Gora: disertacija za sticanje stepena doktora geografskih nauka, primljena na I skupu Odeljenja prirodno-matematičkih nauka 21. I. 1950. godine. Srpska akademija nauka, 1951.


    Igić, Rajko. "Can outstanding research be done under less than ideal conditions?." Srpski arhiv za celokupno lekarstvo 132.9-10 (2004): 360-363.


    Igić, Rajko. "Great Scientists From a Small Country in War and Peace."Scripta Medica (Banja Luka) 42.2 (2011): 110-5.

  • Igic, R. "Biographical notes on Ivan Djaja (Jean Giaja) a great Yugoslav physiologist who significantly contributed to endothermy and thermoregulatioin." FASEB JOURNAL. Vol. 17. No. 5. 9650 ROCKVILLE PIKE, BETHESDA, MD 20814-3998 USA: FEDERATION AMER SOC EXP BIOL, 2003.


    Igić, Rajko. "Kako je na mene uticala priča o hibernaciji i profesoru Ivanu Đaji koju sam čuo u Oklahomi?." Srpski arhiv za celokupno lekarstvo 128.3-4 (2000): 141-142.

  • Maximov, P. V., and V. V. Maximov. "A hardware-software complex for electrophysiological studies of the sh visual system." International Symposium of Ivan Djaja's (Jaen Giaja) Belgrade School of Physiology, Book of Abstracts, Belgrade. 2010.


    Lolić, Marinko. "Stvaranje Beogradskog univerziteta i sporovi oko Teološkog fakulteta 1905-1920." Filozofija i društvo 2 (33 (2007): 121-153.


Ivan Djaja – Video materials on YouTube

  • Zaboravljeni umovi Srbije – Ivan Đaja

    The project of the Radio Television of Serbia in a way brought to life and exculpated the destinies of a number of people who, being on the margins of historical and cultural heritage have not found their place in the records of the national history. Series entitled “Forgotten Minds of Serbia” produced by the public media service introduces the public to the people whose names cannot be found in school books, discussions, literature, in a serious, yet creative way. It contains scientifically correct and likeable information and it is dedicated to all types of audience.

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  • Forgotten Minds of Serbia – Ivan Djaja

    Presentation of the project of the Radio Television of Serbia “Forgotten Minds of Serbia” and Ivan Djaja among them.

Ivan Djaja in newspaper articles

  • Life and works of Ivan Djaja, a scientist and a member of the international spirit of nobility

    A comprehensive text about the biography of professor Djaja, written in standard style, and interesting testimonies of Borislav Mihajilovic Mihiz and of Djaja’s daughter, Ivanka Djaja.

    Daily newspaper “Danas”
  • Ivan Djaja was a member of the French Academy of Sciences

    The text is written by professor Gordana Cvijic, Head of the Department of Physiology and Comparative Physiology and an associate at the Institute of Physiology and Biochemistry of the University of Belgrade where she cites: “Professor Ivan Djaja, a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Art, became a member of the French Academy of Sciences (L’Academie des sciences). Academician Djaja deserved this honor with his scientific results achieved in the country, in Belgrade where he established the first Department of Physiology, not only in Serbia but also in the wider European region (1910).”

  • The roots of Biology in Serbia

    The author of the text is dr Dragana Milicevic, a docent, who writes about the development of the Faculty of Biology (FACULTY OF BIOLOGY: 160 of the foundation, 40 years since the establishment of the study group for Molecular biology and physiology and 15 years of teaching Ecology)

    Daily newspaper “Danas”
  • Forgotten Serbian Prose Writers

    In Serbian literature prose writers are valued through a novel, even though a story is our best genre, Vasko Popa says. “ ‘Pogled kroz prozu’ (published by DOO Dnevnik – novine i casopisi), which offers a complete but at the same time different insight into this period of Serbian literature. ‘Pogled kroz prozu’ contains an essay about the general presentation of Serbian literature and a text about our women literature. Among the nine forgotten writers there were: Hajim S. Davico, Mileta Jaksic, Vladan Stojanovic Zorovavljev, Glisa Babovic, Milica Jankovic, Ivan Djaja, Miodrag Borisavljevic, Frida Filipovic and Slavisa Nikolin Zivkovic. Vasa Pavkovic prepared short biographies of each of the narrators, so that is how we find out that Ivan Djaja was one of the greatest Serbian physiologists, the founder of the first Department of Physiology among the South Slavs.”

    Daily newspaper “Politika”
  • Article on scientific symposium „100th anniversary of the Ivan Djaja’s Belgrade School of Physiology”


    Daily newspaper “Blic”
  • Popularization of Ivan Djaja’s work in the “Ozon” Gallery


    Daily newspaper “Blic”
  • Panel discussion about Ivan Djaja

    Center for the Promotion of Science in cooperation with the Institute of Physiology and Biochemistry of the Faculty of Biology of the University of Belgrade organized a panel discussion titled „Nulla dies sine eхperimento“ (“Not a day without an experiment”) at the “Ozon” Gallery on November 30 2011 on the occasion of celebrating a centenary of the foundation of the Belgrade School of Physiology.

    Center for the Promotion of Science
  • The Founding father of the Belgrade School of Physiology

    MA Radomir Mandic wrote a text about professor Djaja in a very popular scientific manner which is typical of “Politikin zabavnik”. Moreover, this text contains an overview of Djaja’s scientific activity: “Today scientists agree that Djaja’s scientific career could be distinguished by three periods devoted to three main topics: enzymes, metabolism and hypothermia. The first, the earliest period of his career, which started in his student days and lasted until the end of the First World War, is crowned with a new rationale for a nomenclature of enzymes and the making of an apparatus for the measurement of oxygen (Djaja’s apparatus). During the second period between the two wars, Djaja was especially focused on research in the field of bioenergetics, the study of metabolism and the influence of temperature and assification (numbness) on living organisms. The pick of the second period was Djaja’s seminal two-volume monograph “Homeothermia and thermoregulation” in which he published his classical curve of thermoregulation (“Djaja’s diagram”). In the third period he was interested in hypothermia (body temperature below normal) and that was the fruitful part of research in the field of bioenergetics, adaptation to cold, defensive role of hypothermia, about metabolism in deep hypothermia. Today, these professional contributions are widely applicative, especially in the field of medical physiology.”

    Weekly magazine “Politikin zabavnik”