“I am convinced that the Supreme Counsel and the Permanent World counsel, which only aim to take care of the universal prosperity, will achieve their sacred goal before the end of this 20th century!”

September 1918

engineer Nicolas Dymcoff


---> Who is engineer Nicolas Dymcoff?


Nicolas Dymcoff was born on the 6th of December 1859 in one big Bulgarian village in Sersko – Gorno Brodi, which at that time was still part of the Ottoman empire (today the village is called Ano Vrondy, Greece). Nicolas Dymcoff was the third child in the family of the eminent Dimko Halembakov, who was part of a prestigious Bulgarian national revival’s clan. Nicolas studied in his native village and in the high-school in Plovdiv which he graduated with excellent marks. In 1880, he was sent by the director of the Plovdiv high-school to study Engineering in the Supreme Technical Institute in Chalon Sur Mer, close to Paris. Even during the time he was still a student, he received several patents for inventions. In 1883 he graduated the institute for three years instead of the standard five years. His professors offered him to stay for a science research in a university in Paris, but he refused to them and returned to Bulgaria, which was just liberated.


He settled in liberated Bulgaria and started work at the Bulgarian Ministry of Infrastructure and Electro Communications as a Head of the Railway Directorate. Later he participated in the Parliamentary Commission for Negotiating the Delivery of Ships for the Bulgarian navy. He was also part of a project for the connection of railway line Vienna – Tzarigrad between Vakarel and Belovo and during this project, Nicolas invented a special protection for the train workers. However, due to economic reasons at that time his model for protection of train workers was rejected, but in the next years, the invention was bought by many national and private firms and companies in Germany, UK, France, and Italy. Nicolas settled in Tzarigrad and he gained popularity with another project for automatic interconnection of shipping composition. This design was personally rejected by Sultan Abdul Hamid and Dymcoff had to be arrested. Thus, Dymcoff was supposed to hide for a long time among the Bulgarian community in the town, but after his design was bought by enterprising Europeans from the UK, Italy, and France, Dymcoff‘s name was finally cleaned.


For many years, Dymcoff was active as a discoverer: he has many world patents for technological inventions – sticks for carriages, mechanisms for loading – unloading cargos and many others. Being extremely enterprising, he ended up in Tzarigrad where he founded a factory for horseshoes and wedges – an industry, which although might not seem so important to a contemporary man, was very often mentioned and highly praised by the European press at that time. With the financial help of his fellow student from Paris, Mr. Stoyan Danev, Dymcoff founded a factory for manufacturing of horseshoes where he managed to adopt his invention for automatic convey into the process of manufacturing. At that time, the Prime Minister Todor Burmov got deeply interested of Dymcoff’s invention for automatic convey. The Prime Minister of Bulgaria secured a state loan of 20 000 Golden Lev for Nicolas Dymcoff and he became an equivalent partner in the factory for horseshoes “Engineer Nicolas Dymcoff & Co.” in Tzarigrad. Moreover, at this time this factory was the first one where Dymcoff brought in diesel engines and later, electric engines.


Nicolas Dymcoff was a very capable machine engineer, well-knowledgeable person, mastering many Western and Eastern languages. He was respected and sought-after. He was a highly acknowledged Bulgarian, patron of the unprivileged, defender of the humiliated ones, humanist and philanthropist, who never sought only for private wealth. His main responsibility was taking care of the workers in his fabrics. All machineries were safeguarded and secured and the illiterate workers were not afraid to work with them. Also, Dymcoff paid for the creation of a dining room for his workers and was giving them working clothes for free.


The Bulgarians in Tzarigrad chose Dymcoff for an advisor of Exarch Joseph I and as a part of the Bulgarian Exarchate in Tzarigrad, Dymcoff actively participated in the life of the Bulgarian community there. He was proclaimed for an honorary citizen of the Ottoman Empire. He got married in Tzarigrad to a woman from Skopje, whose name was Ekaterina Trajkova.


He was deeply interested in history and he managed to redeem from Turkey many Bulgarian archive materials, including the documents from the trial of Vasil Levski (the most famous Bulgarian revolutionary for the liberation of Bulgaria).


His life ended up in an absurd way – on the 30th of March 1937, Nicolas Dymcoff was hit by a car in Tzarigrad. The whole Bulgarian community in Tzarigrad attended his funeral. (On the picture – Eng. Nicolas Dymcoff at the age of 70)


Nicolas Dymcoff is an uncle of the famous Bulgarian medic Petar Dymcoff.


The official celebration of engineer Nicolas Dymcoff in Bulgaria was performed for the first time on 24.10.1989 in Blagoevgrad for the 130th anniversary of his birth. In 2009 we celebrated 150 years of the birth of this prominent and famous Bulgarian.





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