By a decree proclaiming the Law of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Statute No.18/67 from February 23, 1967) the Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia adopted the Law on the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Based on the Law, a Register Committee was established, with the task to prepare to beginning of the work of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, comprising:

  1. Prof. Anton Babić – Full member of ANUBIH,
  2. Dr. Milan Bartoš – Vice president of SANU,
  3. Dr. Ksente Bogoev – Rector of the University of Skopje,
  4. Dr. Miroslav Karšulin – General secretary of JAZU,
  5. Prof. Blaze Koneski – Corresponding member of JAZU and SAZU,
  6. Dr. Bratko Kreft – Full member of SAZU,
  7. Dr. Haralampie Polenaković – Corresponding member of SANU.
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The second meeting of the Register Committee for election of the first members of MASA was held on August 18, 1967 in Villa “Uranija”– Ohrid, composed of (from left): Ksente Bogoev, Bratko Kreft, Miroslav Karšulin, Milan Bartoš, Blaze Koneski, Haralampie Polenakovič, Anto Babijč.

The election of the first 14 full members of MASA was done on August 18, 1967 at the National Museum in Ohrid, and the following members were elected:

  1. MIHAILO APOSTOLSKI, Director of the Institute of National History – Skopje,
  2. Dr. DIMITAR ARSOV, Full professor at the Faculty of Medicine – Skopje,
  3. VASIL ILJOSKI, Writer,
  4. SLAVKO JANEVSKI, Writer,
  5. BLAŽE KONESKI, Full professor at the Faculty of Philosophy – Skopje,
  6. NIKOLA MARTINOSKI, Academic painter,
  7. KIRIL MILJOVSKI Ambassador, Full professor at the Faculty of Economics – Skopje,
  8. DIMITAR MITREV, Full professor at the Faculty of Philosophy – Skopje,
  9. Dr. MIHAIL PETRUŠEVSKI, Full professor at the Faculty of Philosophy – Skopje,
  10. Dr. HARALAMPIE POLENAKOVIČ, Full professor at the Faculty of Philosophy – Skopje,
  11. Dr. BLAGOJ POPOV, Full professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Skopje,
  12. Dr. Eng. PETAR SERAFIMOV, Full professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering – Skopje,
  13. Dr. h.c. Dr. agr. GЈORGI FILIPOVSKI, Full professor at the Faculty of Agricultural-Forestry – Skopje,
  14. ACO ŠOPOV, Writer.
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The first members of MASA

The election of President, Vice President and Secretary of MASA was made at the First meeting of the Academy, held on October 9, 1967 in Skopje. The following academicians were elected:

  1. Acad. Blaže Koneski, President,
  2. Acad. Haralmpie Polenaković, Vice president,
  3. Acad. Gjorgji Filipovski, Secretary.
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The first leadership of MASA (from left): Gjorgji Filipovski, Blaže Koneski and Haralmpie Polenaković

The solemn opening ceremony of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts was on October 10, 1967 in the Great Hall of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia. At the opening ceremony, in addition to the MASA members and the delegations of the fraternal academies from the other republics, attended many representatives of the public, scientific and cultural life of the Republic.
The Solemn Assembly was opened by the President of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts Acad. Blaže Koneski, and was greeted by: Mito Hadži Vasilev, President of the Assembly of SRM, Acad. Grga Novak, President of JAZU, Acad. Velibor Grigorić, President of SANU, Acad. Josip Vidmar, President of SAZU and Acad. Vaso Butozan, President of ANUBiH.
On this day, the Academy began with its scientific and cultural activities, mandated by the legal act for its establishment.
At the Eleventh Session of the Council of Academies of Sciences and Arts of SFR Yugoslavia, held on October 10, 1967, the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts was admitted as a member of the Council, along with the other Yugoslav Academies of Sciences and Arts.
On March 8, 1968, the Assembly of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, after the consideration by the Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, adopted the Statute of MASA.
The establishment of MASA was greeted in the country and abroad. Over 40 academies from many countries from all continents have welcomed its foundation. The Academies of Sciences and Arts in Yugoslavia donated MASA their publications issued since their establishment. The German community for scientific research from Bad Godesberg – Federal Republic of Germany has also donated the Academy numerous publications.
In March 1968, the members of the Presidency of the Academy were elected, whose function was previously served by the Executive Board of the Academy.