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Full member, 1996
Full professor emeritus at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Skopje
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Acad. Šoptrajanov Bojan was born on 26th of January 1937 in Čačak. Primary and secondary education received in Skopje, Veles and Belgrade. In 1955 he enrolled at the Group of Chemistry of the then Department of Natural Sciences Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. He completed his studies in chemistry in 1960 at the Faculty of Natural Sciences as the best graduate student of his class at the University. After graduation he was elected as assistant to then-Technological Department of the Technical Faculty in Skopje, and in 1962 an assistant professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

In 1964 he enrolled in graduate studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, US, and graduated in 1965 by defending his master’s thesis titled: Vibrational Assignment of the Infrared Spectra of 1,2,5-Thiadiazole. After returning from the United States he continued to work in the field of infrared spectroscopy and in 1973 he defended his doctoral dissertation titled Spectroscopic examination of crystalohydrates with special emphasis on the spectrum of the water; systems with very low MFN frequencies.

In 1969 he was elected as assistant professor, in 1975 associate professor and in 1981 full professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Skopje. Acad. Šoptrajanov held teachings of undergraduate and graduate programs in several subjects in the scope of Physical chemistry, Radiochemistry, History and methodology of chemistry. He was Dean of Studies and Science of the Faculty of Chemistry and Vice-Rector for Education and Science of the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius “in Skopje. Acad. Šoptrajanov was a national representative in the COST organization, representative of MASA in ALLEA, and had similar functions. Collaborated with universities in Sweden, Germany, Ukraine, the Russian Federation, Bulgaria, Croatia and others, as well as with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Acad. Bojan Šoptrajanov has published more than 230 scientific papers (of which two thirds outside of Macedonia), and on scientific events presented more than 350 Plenary and Sectional lectures and other speeches (almost half of them abroad). He has published three monographs of scientific and professional character, five monographs of systemic character, and he is the author of four university school books, as well as several dozen school books for secondary education. His major scientific works are related to the spectroscopic study of chrystalohydrates as well as spectroscopic and thermodynamic characteristics of the five-member heterocyclic molecules. He has contributed to the study of minerals and problems of education in chemistry, and published dozens of papers devoted to language problems in chemistry. Part of the results of his researches has specific applications, particularly in medicine.

As a corresponding member of MASA he was elected on 21st of April 1994, and as a full member on 20th of June 1996. He was vice president of MASA (2008-2011), Head of the Department of Mathematical and Technical Sciences (2003-2007) and Head of the Research Center for Environment and Materials (2014-). In 2008 he was elected as member of the European Academy of Sciences in Salzburg, Austria.

Acad. Bojan Šoptrajanov is the founder and first editor of the magazine “Yearbook of Chemists and Technologists of Macedonia”.  He was president of the Union of chemical societies of Yugoslavia and the Union of Chemists and Technologists of Macedonia. With a decision taken in February 2016 he is appointed as a member of the National Committee for the Study of Southeast Europe.

For its overall activity in the field of development of scientific and educational activity, Acad. Šoptrajanov received numerous awards, including the “Order of Merits with Silver Star,” “Plaque of the University of Cyril and Methodius” (twice), “Tomazius medal” at the University of Halle, “Macedonian Cross” of the MOC and more. He is winner of the national award “11th of October”.