Professor Ivan Dobrev graduates in Turkish philology at the University of Sofia, works out a doctoral thesis in 1982, attains academic rank in 1990, and is conferred the scientific title of ‘professor’ in 2002. He works as a lecturer in modern Turkish at the Military University in Veliko Turnovo, as a research associate at the Oriental Department of the National Library, and after that he is a lecturer in Modern Turkish at the Defence College in Sofia. For some time past he is visiting professor in the Master-of-Arts programmes in Balkan Turkology and Turkish applied linguistics at the University of Sofia and part-time lecturer in modern Turkish at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Plovdiv.

Prof. Dobrev delivers a great number of scientific reports and announcements at home and international scientific congresses, symposia and conferences; he publishes a great number of articles and books in the area of logic, theoretical linguistics, semiotics, semantics, onomastics, the theory of language contacts, and the influence of the Iranian and Turkic languages on Bulgarian, Ottoman-Turkish diplomacy and paleography, Bulgarian and Turkic etymology, Bulgarian onomastics with an eastern-language origin, morphology and syntax of Modern Turkish in a theoretical and a pedagogical and practical aspect, Proto-Bulgarian history, linguistics and epigraphy, Bulgarian, Russian and Hungarian medieval studies, stenography where he is the author of a new and original and much easier to master shorthand system.

Prof. Dr. Ivan Dobrev is the author of two scientific treatises – about the Bulgarian origin of the Nagy Szent-Miklós gold treasure and about the contributions of the Proto-Bulgarians and the Bulgarians to the Russian nation, state and culture. He is the main compiler and science editor of an academic Turkish-Bulgarian dictionary, the first in Bulgaria scientific translation of the Holy Koran into Bulgarian is also his.

Prof. Dobrev has a command of Turkish, Russian, English and French languages in various degrees, and he uses in writing and in receiving Serbian, Greek, Hungarian, Arabic, Persian, Azeri, Kazakh, Tatar, Chuvash, Mongolian and other languages.