Science Without Borders
Working (and living) behind the Iron Curtain wasn’t easy; fortunately, good chemistry is applicable all over the world.
Frantisek Svec |
I started my academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Chemical Technology and then as a scientist at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, both in Prague. Established by renowned chemist Otto Wichterle – and largely supported by royalties from the licensing of his work on soft contact lenses – the institute integrated the best Czech minds in the field of polymer preparations and separation applications, including Jiři Čoupek, Mirek Kubín, Josef Janča, Jiří Štamberg and, guru of macroporous polymers Karel Dušek (1). I learned a great deal from working alongside these talented people.
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