Writters, philologists, historians, artists...
first academician from the island of Krk came from Dobrinjstina.
His name was Dr. Ivan Črnčić (1830-1897), he was born in the
village of Polje, and was above all distinguished by his study
of Glagolitic inheritance. He also had a significant role
in discovering "the birth certificate of Croatian people",
the famous Baščanska ploča (eng. Baška Inscription). He was
a priest, a secretary of Krk bishop Vitezić, a canon and a
director of the Roman Institute of St. Jerome, a Slavist,
a philologist and a historian. Although not well-known, a priest Ivan Uravić
(1662-1732) was one of the first writers from Croatian islands.
During his tenure as a parish priest, a priest
and an educator, Antun Kirinčić (1815-1893) from Gostinjac
opened in Dobrinj in 1841 the first private elementary school
in Dobrinjstina. The following year the school gained public
significance and has persisted to this day. Beside Dr. Ivan Crnčić and Antun Kirinčić,
there was one more priest from Dobrinjstina who has left a
trail in national culture - Josip Gržetić Krasanin (1837-1896)
from Kras, the author of a historical novel Urotnici (eng.
Conspirators), and an interesting poem Dobrinjka (eng. Dobrinj
Woman) in which he humorously portrays in many details the
national costume of a Dobrinj woman.
Prof. Ive Jelenović (1898-1981) from Sveti
Vid, a Slavist, a philologist, a dialectologist and an ethnologist,
is a coauthor of the first Anthology of newer chakavian lyric
poetry (Zagreb, 1934). Prof. Snježana Marčec, nee Strčić (Rijeka,
1963 - Rijeka, 2001), whose father was from Kras area, studied
chakavian dialect with special emphasis on Dobrinj chokavian
dialect. She worked in the Institute for Croatian Language
and Philology, but her sudden death prevented her from finishing
her master's thesis on Dobrinj speech type. Dr. Nikola Ljudevit Španjol (1897-1970),
a friar, a philosopher and an educator from Gostinjac, discovered
the grave of a great Croatian poet Ivan Gundulić. He was also
a co-initiator of Krčki zbornik (eng. Krk Anthology Collection)
and was one of the initiators of the foundation of ethnographic
collection on the small island of Košljun.
Željko Sobol (Bjelovar, 1941 - Zagreb, 1991)
was another writer who originated from Dobrinjstina. Apart
from writing a series of poetic and prosaic works, he also
wrote verse for many of our famous musicians, among which
were Gabi Novak and Arsen Dedić. Dr. Čedo Variola (1921-1992),
originating from Dobrinj, was one of the best-known contemporary
Croatian writers for children, and also the author of the
still very popular children program on Croatia Radio, Stigla
je pošta (eng. Here's the Mail).
Of the scientist who are still among us, in the sphere of
human sciences there are prominent academician Petar Strčić
from Kras, and father Bonaventura Duda (also from Kras), one
of our best-known biblicists and liturgists.
Among the prominent artists, there is father
Vinko Fulgencije Fugošić (1916-2003), academic painter, arts
historian, renovator and travel writer. There is almost not
a single altar in Krk bishopric for which father Vinko did
not make the design or gave an idea and specific instructions.
He spent a part of his working life as a professor of fine
arts on the Faculty of Theology in Rijeka, and is also remembered
as a renovator of old Vatican works of art.
There is yet another artist who came from
Dobrinj area, Antun Kirinčić (Pula, 1912 - Zagreb, 1981),
while a painter and an art teacher Đurđica Mavrović came from
Sveti Vid (1909-1998).