Academician Jaroslav HeyrovskĂ˝ is considered to be the founder (1922) of a method (polarography) that enables the fast and extremely exact determination of metals and their concentrations in solutions.
In 1924 HeyrovskĂ˝, together with his Japanese disciple Masuzo Shikata, designed and built an automatic device which he named a polarograph. After World War II, the method of polarography, which was employed in science, medicine and a range of industries, achieved a massive expansion.
In 1950, J. HeyrovskĂ˝ founded the Institute of Polarography that was attached to the Academy of Sciences in Prague.
HeyrovskĂ˝ is the only Czech scientist to be awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry (10.12.1959) in recognition of his invention of polarography, pioneering achievement and the development of polarography.
More information about Jaroslav HeyrovskĂ˝ find in the article of KvÄ›ta StejskalovĂˇ and Michael HeyrovskĂ˝ (Electrochem. Soc. Interface Winter 2015 volume 24, issue 4, 36-39).
The travelling exhibition about Jaroslav HeyrovskĂ˝ with the title "The Story of the Mercury Drop" introduces, by means of photographs, films, literary documents and other exhibits (e.g. examples of development of polarographic instruments), the life story of Jaroslav HeyrovskĂ˝.
The 22nd exhibition was opened on March 15, 2017 in Liberec.
All photos: archive of the exhibiton The Story of the Mercury Drop, K. StejskalovĂˇ.
Press relelase in Czech.