Significant Czechs

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  1. Pisis

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    This is a bit off topic, but I will post it anyway:

    VIP's, who are originally Czech or have Czech ancestors:

    • Sigmund Freud, neurologist. Founder of the modern psychiatry.
    • Franz Kafka, writer. One of the most important writers in the modern period.
    • Miloš Forman, director. Emmigrated in 1968 to the USA.
    • Madeleine Albright, former Foreign Minister of the USA. Emmigrated in 1938.
    • John Kerry, politician. His grandfather came to the US from Moravia.
    • Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the Porsche car factory.
    • Milan Kundera, novelist. Emmigrated in 1968 to France.
    • Jens Nowotny, German fighter ace. His parents were orignally Czech.
    • Eugene Cernan, astronaut. His parents came to the US from Czecho.
    • Oskar Schindler, nazi. He was a Czech German.
    • Rainer Maria Rilke, writer.
    • Konrad Henlein, nazi politician. Czech German.
    • Adolf Loos, architectonist. Founder of the functionalism style.
    • Alfons Mucha, artist. Founder of the Art Noveau style.
    • Karel Čapek, writer. Inventor of the word "robot".
    • Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, politician. The first Czechoslovak president.
    • Kaiser Charles IV. King of the Czechlands and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
    • Václav Havel, dramatician and politician. First Czechoslovak president after the fall of Communism.
    • Josef František, fighter pilot. Czechoslovak fighter ace and top-scoring ace from the Battle of Britian.
    • Ernst Mach, physician. Inventor of the "Mach" speed unit.
    • Otto wichterle, chemical engineer. Inventor of the contact lenses.
    • Josef Ressel, inventor of the propeller.
    • Jehuda Löw ben Becalel, rabbi. Jewish scholar, creator of the Golem.

    I'm sure there's much more of them but I can't remebetr at the moment. I'll add some if it comes to my mind. ;)

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