Renowned nuclear scientist dies aged 93

01-08-2012

Čestmír Šimáně, a renowned Czech physicist, has died at the age of 93, according to an announcement made on Wednesday by the Czech Academy of Sciences. The scientist is regarded as one of the founders of nuclear physics in the country. Šimáně studied in both Czechoslovakia and France before joining the newly-formed Atomic Physics Institute; in 1954, he became the head of the Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and became a key voice in lobbying efforts for this dangerous form of energy to be put to peaceful and not destructive uses. The scientist, who during his career focused on nuclear accelerators, reactors and the detection of radiation, published numerous books and articles during his career as well as teaching nuclear physics to Czech students.