On the front of the ten Leva bill, we find a picture of Peter Beron. Peter was a Bulgarian scientist, and from what I have read about him, he was brilliant.
He was born in (or around) 1799 in the town of Kotel, Bulgaria.
Peter studied in Germany and wrote volumes in German, French, English, and Greek. For those of you keeping score at home, that means he knew at least 5 languages well enough to write scientific papers in them. Beron obviously had a sharp mind.
His principle work was the seven volume Panepisteme. This massive work of over 5000 pages was Beron’s attempt to create a universal scientific system that would clarify, without contradictions, everything from origin, nature, laws of movement, and the development of the micro and macro cosmos.
He wrote and delivered a paper in Greece titled “The reasons for and consequences of the world-wide flood.” He also wrote papers on the earth’s magnetism.
Beron’s scientific knowledge appeared to be vast and widespread. He also was heavily involved in the world of philosophy, and is considered one of the great Bulgarian minds on the subject.
He was one of the most important personalities of the Bulgarian enlightenment of the 19th century.
He died on the 21st of March 1871, yet Bulgarians remember him today and have given him a place of honor on the 10 Leva note.