Date of Birth: 1938
Place of birth: Mitrovtsi
Todor Zhivkov was born in 1938 in the village of Mitrovtsi in Bulgarian area of ??Montana. In 1961-1963 years he worked as a teacher in Smyadovo. In 1963 he won the competition for the position of research assistant at the Ethnographic Institute and Museum. He defended his thesis on "Anti-Fascist Bulgarian folk songs" and received a PhD in 1971. In 1974 he received a senior researcher. Together with Academician Peter Dinekovym participated in the founding of the Institute of Folklore at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the director of which was from 1982 to 1992, and until his death was a member of the Scientific Council of the Institute. In 1978 he defended his thesis for the degree of Doctor of Science. In 1975, Zhivkov became one of the founders of the magazine "Bulgarian Folklore" (bolg. Blgarski Folklore), whose editor he worked since 1983
Todor Zhivkov taught folklore in Shumen University Bishop Constantine of Preslav in Sofia University, ethnology - the universities in Plovdiv and Blagoevgrad. Passed training in Leningrad (1964), Berlin (1971), Kiev (1972) and Paris (1976). For a long time he was Deputy Chairman and member of the National Committee of Slavic Studies, Folklore Commission of the International Committee of Slavic Studies and the National Commission of the International Association of studies of Slavic culture. He was a member of the Administrative Council of the International Association of Ethnology and Folklore, chairman of the Association of anthropology, ethnology and folklore "Ongl" and Company "Folk Panair". Member of the editorial board of the journal "Amateur Art", "Language and Literature", "Folk Panair".
It has a number of government and academic awards. Prof. Zhivkov was a deputy of the 37th convocation of the National Assembly of Bulgaria, a member of two parliamentary committees - on science and education and culture. Todor Zhivkov was the only modern Bulgarian scientists in the field of folklore and ethnology, whose name and works mentioned in the Encyc opedii "European Ethnology", prepared in the UK.