Petar Milanovic graduated from Faculty of Mining and Geology at the University of Belgrade in 1964, and subsequently gained a master’s degree in 1975 and doctorate in 1980 at Belgrade. He has more than 50 years of experience in the investigation, analysis and design of geotechnical structures related to different civil structures. He has specialised in problems related to karst rock masses. He has been a visiting professor, and distinguished lecturer on karst theory and engineering karstology at universities across the world and continues as emeritus professor.
Petar is author of several books on karst hydrogeology and engineering in karst, and has contributed to numerous other publications on these subjects. As a consultant and member of boards of experts, he participated in investigations, design and construction of more than sixty dams, reservoirs, tailings and tunnels in different karst regions worldwide. He has received many other awards for his outstanding work, including from Mostar University, the Yugoslav National Committee for Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, Hacettepe University in Turkey and from Karst China 2001 in Beijing. In 2011 Petar was awarded Honorary Membership of the US National Speleological Society.
Petar has served as President of Serbian IAH Chapter. Since 1973 he has been a member of the IAH Karst Commission and was instrumental in organising three IAH Karst Commission Meetings and field trips in the Dunaric karst area in 1973, 1986 and 2005). He was President of the Organising Committee of the IAH-supported conference “Water Resources and Environmental Problems in Karst” and the field seminars in Belgrade and Kotor in 2005. He has been an excellent ambassador for IAH and for groundwater and is a very worthy recipient of the 2017 Presidents’ Award.
Peter is pictured left, receiving his award from IAH President Antonio Chambel.