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 Prof. Dr. Boris Bonev
Prof. Dr. Boris Bonev




Prof. Dr. Boris Bonev, General Manager: biography and achievements


1938

Born on December 14 in the city of Varna, Bulgaria.

1956

Finished high school education at the First Grammar School in Varna.

1956–59

Study at the People's Higher Military Technical School named after V. Kolarov, Gorna Oriakhovitsa.

1959

Graduation from the Technical School with the qualification “aircraft and engine technician” and the military rank first lieutenant.

1959–63

Аircraft technician officer at various Bulgarian Air Force squadrons including Balchik, Tolbukhin (Dobrich) and Ravnets.

1963

Admission as an officer student to the Engineering Faculty of the Military Academy named after G. S. Rakovsky, Sofia in the aircraft and engine engineering major program.

1968

Graduation from the Bulgarian Air Force Academy in Dolna Mitropolia after the full 5-year academic course.

1968–70

Оfficer faculty member in aerodynamics with the Aircraft Design academic department of the Air Force Academy.

1970–73

Regular graduate student at the Aerodynamics Department of the Air Force Engineering Academy named after N. E. Zhukovsky, Moscow, USSR.

1973

Graduation from the Air Force Engineering Academy in Moscow with a master's thesis in aerodynamics. Granted the title “Candidate of Technical Sciences” (Cand. Sc.).

1973–74

Senior officer faculty member in aerodynamics with the Aircraft Design academic department of the Bulgarian Air Force Academy.

1974–80

Founder and head of the Aerodynamics Department of the Air Force Academy.

1975

Assistant Professor of aircraft aerodynamics.

1980–81

Head of the Academic Division of the Bulgarian Air Force Academy.

1981

Doctor's thesis in aerodynamics. Granted the title “Doctor of Technical Sciences” (Ph. D.).

1981–86

Deputy Rector of the Bulgarian Air Force Academy responsible for the teaching and scientific activities. Head of the Scientific and Research Department to the Academy. Founder of the Scientific Council of the Air Force Academy.

1983

Professor of aircraft aerodynamics — first professor of the Bulgarian Air Force Academy.

1986

Director of the Central Space Research Laboratory to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

1987–96

Founder and Director of the Space Research Institute to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

1987–97,
2002 to present

Representative of Bulgaria to the Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space of the United Nations (COPUOS-UN).

1988

Air Force Major General (retired from military service in 1998).

1993 to
present

Founder and President of the Bulgarian Aerospace Agency (BASA).

1999 to
present

Founder and General Manager of BASA Aviation Ltd.

Prof. Dr. Boris Bonev has been General Manager of the most important Bulgarian space projects such as the Shipka project (which includes the flight of the second Bulgarian cosmonaut and the accompanying scientific program), the Phobos international space project, the Neurolab-B project and others.

He has been the supervisor of ten graduate students and more than forty master students.

The works of Prof. Bonev include more than 250 scientific papers in the field of aerodynamics, aircraft and aerospace technologies.

Prof. Bonev is married and has three children and four grandchildren.

 



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