Famous Croatian Scientists

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Milutin Milanković
(Mathematician)
Milutin Milanković
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Birthdate: May 28, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dalj, Croatia
Died: December 12, 1958
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Roger Joseph Boscovich
(Physicist, Astronomer, Philosopher and Founder of 'Brera Observatory')
Roger Joseph Boscovich
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Birthdate: May 18, 1711
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Died: February 13, 1787

Italian astronomer and mathematician Roger Joseph Boscovich was one of the first European scientists to accept Newton’s gravitational theory. His contributions to astronomy include the application of geometry to compute the orbit of a planet and the equator of a rotating planet. He also laid the foundation of the atomic theory.

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Vladimir Prelog
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Birthdate: July 23, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: January 7, 1998

Vladimir Prelog was a Croatian-Swiss organic chemist known for his research into the stereochemistry of organic molecules and reactions. He received his Sc.D under the guidance of prominent chemist and composer Emil Votoček. He had a successful academic career and received the 1975 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He was also a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.  

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Andrija Mohorovičić
(Meteorologist)
Andrija Mohorovičić
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Birthdate: January 23, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Opatija
Died: December 18, 1936
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Leo Sternbach
(Chemist)
Leo Sternbach
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Birthdate: May 7, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Opatija, Croatia
Died: September 28, 2005

Leo Sternbach is remembered for his revolutionary discovery of tranquillizers, including Valium and Librium. Born to a pharmacist father, he first studied pharmacy and then organic chemistry. He had a life-long association with Hoffmann-La Roche and ended up with 241 patents and over 100 scientific publications.

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Lavoslav Ružička
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Birthdate: September 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vukovar, Croatia
Died: September 26, 1976

Nobel Prize-winning Croatian-Swiss chemist Lavoslav Ružička is remembered for his research on cyclic compounds. He also taught in the Netherlands and Switzerland. Apart from studying the rings of muskone and civetone molecules, he also discovered the molecular structures of male hormones such as testosterone and androsterone.

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Radovan Fuchs
(Minister of Science and Education of Croatia since 23 July 2020)
Radovan Fuchs
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Birthdate: September 5, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
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Žarko Dolinar
(Biologist, Table tennis player)
Žarko Dolinar
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Birthdate: July 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Koprivnica
Died: March 9, 2003
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Jean Lindenmann
(Virologist)
Jean Lindenmann
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Birthdate: September 18, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
Died: January 15, 2015