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7 Dec 2011 13:00 - 18:00


Come and have your eyes examined and get information about refractive defect (if detected) and advice on contact lenses. Provided by Alcon, a division of Novartis, Ltd.

The eye – examination by Alcon is part of the accompanying program of the Otto Wichterle / scientist and inventor exhibition. 

This year, we commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his invention of the soft, water-permeable contact lens, and, in 2013, what would have been the Professor’s 100th birthday. The Czech Centre decided to use these two anniversaries to create an exhibition that will celebrate and teach about his life, his contributions, and his significance, not only to the world of science, but to everyday, practical life. The exhibition was prepared in cooperation with the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. After the Prague exhibition, it will be featured at Czech Centres abroad.

Otto Wichterle, the Czech chemist and inventor, was born in 1913 in Prostějov and died in 1998 in Stražisek. He was a professor at the Chemical Technology College in Prague and president of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, 1989-1992. He was the founder and director until 1970 of the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. While working there, he focused, among other things, on the chemistry and technological uses of macromolecular materials, primarily water-permeable gels and bio-medicinal materials. In 1956 he invented the system for creating contact lenses out of water-based gels and he assembled the first “contact-lens machine” on Christmas Eve 1961 at his home using a Merkur modeling kit for children and a bicycle dynamo. The invention of the contact lens is the best known of his one hundred and fifty patents.

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Rytířská 31
110 00 Prague 1


7 Dec 2011 13:00 - 18:00


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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