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Original Scientific Article

Emerik Blum—Relationship to Science and Knowledge

Žarko Primorac

Keywords : Emerik Blum, Industry, Innovation, Knowledge, R&D, Science

Citation Information : Primorac Ž. Emerik Blum—Relationship to Science and Knowledge. 2022; 1 (1):103-111.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11005-0011

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 06-05-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


This article is dedicated to the life and work of Emerik Blum, one of the most deserving people for the advancement of science and technology in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Blum's name is firmly connected to the creation and development of Energoinvest, as the most important bearer of ideas and organized efforts to start the process of scientific research and development of science in general. Energoinvest was founded and launched by Blum with a group of enthusiasts in the middle of the last century. From the very beginning, Energoinvest/Blum has focused on the modern concept of investment and development of the scientific research complex. This concept has given great results: the growth of a large number of university educated people, the establishment of significant research and development institutes, equipping the first technical faculties in Sarajevo, specialization of scientists abroad and other positive achievements. Energoinvest has set aside more to finance scientific research in the economy than the entire BiH economy combined. Thanks to investments in R&D, Energoinvest has grown into one of the largest companies in the former Yugoslav state, the largest exporter, and a company recognized on the world business maps. The text analyzes how it was possible to launch an ambitious concept of large-scale industry development in one, then destroyed and backward, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which the modern concept of organizing scientific research made a vital contribution. Unfortunately, much of the achievements in the R&D sector, as in other sectors in the war and postwar period, have been destroyed. Thus, today's Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to indicators of investment and quality of science and R&D, is significantly behind comparable countries. Hence, it should come as no surprise that it lags behind in all other sectors of social development. In such circumstances, it would be normal to expect that the interest of responsible institutions to initiate and start positive processes in the development of science, technology and innovation, as a whole would be awakened, since without greater efforts and progress in these sectors, unsatisfactory situation in the country cannot be changed.

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