Significant Czechs

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2nd Lieutenant
Nov 3, 2004
Praga Mater Urbium
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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