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Slovenes Female Scientistists - Melita Pivec - Stele

Date of issue: 12.11.2021
Author: Edi Berk
Motive: Slovenes Female Scientistists - Melita Pivec - Stele
Printed by: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia
Printing Process and Layout: 4-colour offset in sheetlets of 10 stamp
Paper: Tullis Russell Chancellor Litho PVA RMS GUM, 102 g/m2
Size: 42.60 x 29.82 mm
Perforation: Comb 14 : 14
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SKU: 907337
€0.62

SLOVENE FEMALE SCIENTISTS 

 

Melita Pivec Stele

 

Melita Pivec, known after her marriage as Melita Pivec Stele, was born in Vienna in 1894. Her father was an officer in the Austro-Hungarian navy who was stationed in the city. She was one of the first Slovene women to enrol at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Vienna, where she studied history, graduating in 1919.  Following the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, she returned to Ljubljana, where she passed the examination that qualified her to work as history teacher, although she never pursued a teaching career.  She took employment as a librarian and at the same time continued her historical research. She was particularly interested in the period of the Illyrian Provinces, seeking out historical sources and publishing scholarly articles. Her articles covered a wide variety of topics including economic history, political history, the question of Christianisation and the history of convents. She was rewarded for her scholarly achievements with an international scholarship that enabled her to study in Paris, where she specialised in economic history. In 1931 she successfully defended her doctoral thesis at the Sorbonne – a comprehensive study that is considered the fundamental work on economic life in the Illyrian Provinces.

From 1920 to 1950 she was employed at the National and University Library in Ljubljana, where she set about adapting the old library to the needs of the newly established university and the boom in scientific and scholarly work in the new state. She also published extensive articles on bibliography. As a bibliographer, she monitored and analysed the production of printing and publishing houses in Slovenia. She was also involved, as head of cataloguing, in the acquisition and processing of newspapers and journals as part of the process of planning a new building for the University library and the renovation of the reading room that had been damaged during the war. In the interwar period she was the prototype of the Catholic intellectual, active in numerous Catholic women’s societies, where she gave talks on a wide variety of topics, including women’s suffrage and the history of the women’s movement.  She died in Ljubljana in 1973.

 

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