Platzek – the “ever-stimulating Bohemian” / Placzek – “neustale stimulujici Bohem”Platzek - the "ever-stimulating Bohemian" | Czechmatediary
≡ Menu

Platzek – the “ever-stimulating Bohemian” / Placzek – “neustale stimulujici Bohem”

atomic bomb imageDoes the name Georg Placzek ring the bell? No? Don’t feel bad because it is a name unknown to many Czechs. Mr. Placzek is known mostly in America, since he was (the only Czech!) present for the detonation of the 1st nuclear bomb, which he had also helped to build.

Radio Prague wrote a very nice overview of Placzek’s life and you will be surprised to find out in what ways was he connected to names like Charles Darwin, Neils Bohr, Otto Frish and other famous scientists (click here to read the complete article).

CZ: Rika vam neco jmeno Georg Placzek? Ne? Nebojte se, nejste sami; malokomu z Cechu toto jmeno neco rika. Georg byl znamy zejmena v Americe, kam v roce 1945 emigroval. O par mesicu pozdeji byl jako jediny Cech pritomen u detonace prvni atomove bomby. To ale neni vsechno, byl totiz take jeji spolutvurce.

Radio Praha o nem napsala moc zajimavy clanek, kde se take dovite, jakym zpusobem byl spojeny se jmeny jako je Charles Darwin, Neils Bohr, Otto Frish a dalsimi veleznamymi vedci.

If you liked this post buy me a coffee! (Suggested:$3 a latte $8 for a pound) Thanks!

4 comments… add one
  • Ladi January 23, 2010, 2:04 pm

    Thank you. What a great story.

  • Tanja January 25, 2010, 12:51 am

    I am glad you liked it! I thought it was very interesting..

  • Jerry Posner March 3, 2010, 2:55 pm

    I am an American classical violinist who will be giving a free concert as a community service of Czech/Moravian music in October. I would like to get the word out to the Czech community in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Can you give me any contacts for parties who might be interested? The concert will probably be at the Raleigh Moravian Church. Thanks, Jerry (03-03-2010)

  • Tanja March 4, 2010, 11:01 pm

    Hi! To bad I don’t live in Raliegh – I would definitely come! Can you remind me in September and I will put it on the monthly calendar? Also, email the organizer of the Raleigh Meetup group ( – I am sure they will all come.

Leave a Comment