Anton Melik (1890–1966) is the greatest Slovene geographer. He was the initiator and the founder of the institute in 1946. He studied geography and history in Vienna between 1911 and 1916. In 1927, the same year that he got a doctor degree at the University of Ljubljana, Anton Melik was named university professor in Ljubljana. In year 1940 he was elected as an associate member of the Slovenian academy of sciences and arts and in 1946 as a full member. It is largely owing to him that Geographical Museum (1946) was founded.
Besides many other professional duties he was the editor of the scientific reviews Acta geographica/Geografski zbornik and Geografski vestnik. His bibliography encompasses more than 400 entries with 31 books. He was primarily occupied with Alpine and Karst landscapes and with regionalization of Slovenia. Among his rich opus the first general monograph of Slovenia (two volumes, 1935 and 1936) and the first regional monograph of Slovenia (four volumes, 1954, 1957, 1959 and 1960) are to single out.

1939 with his wife and son

1955

1963