(born January 1926) is a Czech chemist
Born and raised in Prague
, the Second World War
severely impacted Zuman and his family while he was a teenager. In 1939, when he was 13 years old, the Germans occupied Czechoslovakia
and sent his father to a concentration camp
. In 1943–1944, Zuman worked in a Prague laboratory for the Research Institute of the Sugar Industry. Enjoying the work he wrote three papers on the alkaline cleavage of sucrose
. However in June 1944 Zuman was himself sent to a concentration camp. He was liberated from the camp on May 6, 1945 and thenreturned to Prague.
Zuman enrolled at Charles University
in Prague in 1945 and graduated in early 1948. After this he joined the research group of Jaroslav Heyrovský
in chemistry 1959 and was awarded a RNDr (equivalent to a PhD
) in 1950. He was one of the first researchers in the newly created Central Polarographic Institute in Prague and within a few years he was appointed Head of the Organic Polarography Division. In 1960, Petr was awarded the Doctor of Science degree by the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.
Following the 1967 political upheaval
in Czechoslovakia, Zuman obtained a three-and-one-half-year appointment as a research fellow at the University of Birmingham
. In 1970 he accepted a position in the Chemistry Department at Clarkson University
in Potsdam, New York, where he remained until his retirement. Post-retirement Zuman has been an Emeritus Professor at... Read More