Jan Hammer is a Czech-American musician, record producer, and composer. He is best known for his work in the popular American crime drama series, Miami Vice, for which he composed and produced music for 90 episodes. Jan Hammer is also known for his collaboration with some of the most influential rock and jazz musicians like John McLaughlin and Mick Jagger.
A seasoned economist, who had a long stint with the Czechoslovak State Bank, Václav Klaus later established the Civic Democratic Party and also served as the prime minister and the president of the Czech Republic. He was also a lecturer and a keen writer, with over 20 books to his credit.
Austro-Hungarian-American biochemist Gerty Cori is best-known for discovering the course of catalytic conversion of glycogen with her husband Carl Ferdinand Cori for which they jointly won the 1947 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. With this Gerty became the third woman to win a Nobel in science and the first to win it in this category.
Wenceslaus III became King of Hungary following the death of Andrew III whose only daughter, Elizabeth, was engaged to Wenceslaus. Wenceslaus renounced his hereditary rights to Austria and claim to Hungary before succeeding his father as King of Bohemia and Poland. His reign in Bohemia was however cut-short as he was assassinated before he could invade his rival's territories in Poland.
Vladimír Špidla is a Czech politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic from 12 July 2002 to 4 August 2004. From 2014 to 2017, Špidla was the chief adviser to Bohuslav Sobotka during the latter's term as the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.
Born into a family of musicians, composer Jiří Gemrot began training in the piano at age 7 and began composing at age 13. He has served both Czech Radio and Czechoslovak Television as a music director. Some of his best-known works include the orchestra pieces American Overture and Three Adagios.