Ivan Vazov, also known as Ivan Minchov Vazov (Bulgarian: Иван Минчов Вазов) was born June 27, 1850 in Sopot. He was known as a man of letters whose poems, short stories, novels, and plays were inspired by patriotism and love of the Bulgarian countryside and reflect the main events in his country’s history.
Often referred to as "the Patriarch of Bulgarian literature". His works reveal two historical epochs — the Bulgarian Renaissance and the Post–Liberation (from Ottoman Empire rule) epoch.
Ivan Vazov holds the highest honorary title of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – Academician. He acted as Education and People Enlightenment Minister from September 7, 1897 until January 30th, 1899, representing the People's Party.