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The Renowned Personalities of Kamenice nad Lipou

RNDr. Jiří Kouřimský, CSc. (30 May 1926 - 9 August 2003)
- The working and social life of dr. Kouřimský was closely connected with the National Museum from the time of his university studies (1946) - he was a renowned mineralogist not only in our country but also abroad and had a number of leading functions from the head of the then mineralogy department through the director of the Museum of Natural Science up to the director of the National Museum. He worked in the board of the National Museum Society and was its honorary member. In addition to museum mineralogy he devoted his time to learning precious stones, methods of processing and use and their localities; he became a founder of Czech gemmology. Jiří Kouřimský was extremely busy and efficient. His bibliography comprises 350 titles of professional articles and books which, as a magnet, attracted public interest in mineralogy and museum collections …. He was one of the few who were able to popularize their subjects and bring it nearer to the wide public. (The curriculum vitae and bibliography of RNDr. J. Kouřimský, CSc. until 1997 can be found in the "Bulletin of the Mineralogical-Petrological Department of the National Museum in Prague", Volume 4-5/1997, p. 280-288.) Excerpted and abbreviated from the text by J. Litochleb from the National Museum in Prague.

František Jaroslav Vacek Kamenický
- The patriotic priest and poet, author of the poem "U panského dvora" which was set to music and became popular, born on 24 January 1806 in house No. 105 decorated with a memorial plaque, in a street that was called Vackova. After finishing the primary school he studied the grammar school in Jindřichův Hradec where he applied for studies of theology in České Budějovice. Here he met the future poet F.L.Čelakovský and other ones, such as V. Kamarýt. After ordination he worked as a forward-looking priest in various locations, the last one being Blovice near Pilsen where he died 23 March 1869 and was buried.

Jakub Hron Metánovský
- An eccentric professor, polisher of Czech language and inventor of new words, was born on 4 June 1840 in nearby Metánov in house No. 15 (42). In the age of sixteen he was sent by his parents to studies in České Budějovice. He passed his school-leaving exams in Jindřichův Hradec. Later, he studied mathematics, physics, astronomy, philosophy, Czech and German languages in Prague and Vienna. In 1886 he became a professor in Hradec Králové. He was retired in 1897 for his eccentricity. He died on 29 April 1921 in Metánov and is buried in Častrov.

Vítězslav Novák
- The musical composer and national artist, born on 5 December 1870 in Kamenice nad Lipou in house No. 55 on the town square. After finishing the grammar school in Jindřichův Hradec he studied the Faculty of Law and Arts in Prague and, at the same time, a conservatory that he finished in 1893 as a pupil of Antonín Dvořák. He lived in Prague as a private music teacher and as a professor of the conservatory in Prague from 1908. He received the title of the honorary citizen of Kamenice nad Lipou in 1940 and national artist in 1945. He died on 18 July 1949 in Skuteč.

Stanislav Provázek
- The researcher in tropical diseases and the discoverer of the bacillus of typhus was born on 12 November 1875 in Jindřichův Hradec as a son of the lieutenant of the local regiment Josef Provázek of Pravíkov near Kamenice nad Lipou. He studied and passed his final exams at the grammar school in Pilsen. Then he studied natural sciences at the Faculty of Arts in Prague and graduated in Vienna. In 1903, he was appointed assistant in zoology to prof. Hertwig at the Munich University. Later, he became professor at the bacteriological institute in Hamburg. He died on 17 February 1915 in a prison camp in Cottbus and is buried at Bradlo cemetery in Kamenice nad Lipou.

František Sadílek
- The teacher and founder of the scouting movement in Kamenice nad Lipou, was born on 27 August 1905 in Horní Pole (Dačice District). He studied at a secondary school in Kunžak and then entered a teaching institute in Soběslav. After finishing his studies, he worked as a teacher in Počátky, Deštné, Těmice, Benešov and Kamenice nad Lipou. For his illegal activities he was arrested by Gestapo in Tábor on 23 March 1942, imprisoned in Terezín and tortured to death on 26 September 1942 in the Mauthausen concentration camp. His memorial was unveiled in 1946 on the town square in front of the chateau.

Jarmila Hanzálková
(photo Štěpán Kučera (1980)
- The poet, author of stage plays for children and publicist, was born on 26 January 1910 in Kamenice nad Lipou. She studied the teaching institute in České Budějovice. After finishing it, she worked for 17 years as a teacher in Včelnička, Žirovnice and Kamenice nad Lipou. Due to her hearing defect she abandoned her teaching career and became a nanny in an after-school care centre in Kamenice nad Lipou. It was on 8 June 1949 that she established and headed the children's dramatic ensemble "Lipka" that took part in many youth festivals and competitions. Her first collection of poems "Psáno po větru" (Written on the Wind) was published in early 1970s. In 1966, she was awarded a Golden Tyl's plaque at the Šrámek's Písek festival and the title of a cultural worker of outstanding merit in 1975. She died on 3 March 1992 in Počátky and is buried at Bradlo cemetery in Kamenice nad Lipou.