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Professor Božo Težak, the Torchbearer of Science; Đurđica Težak, Editor

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books-tezak.vp BOOK REVIEW \ur|ica Te`ak, Editor Professor Bo`o Te`ak, the Torchbearer of Science [Profesor Bo`o Te`ak, lu~ono{a znanosti] Hrvatska sveu~ili{na naklada, Zagreb, 2007, pp. 421 ISBN 978-953-169-149-9 Professor Bo`o Te`ak (Vara`din, July 27, 1907 – Zagreb, May 16, 1980) was one of the most influential Croatian scientists in the second half of the 20th century. His wife Professor \ur|ica Te`ak and Te`ak’s many coworkers and students have prepared this book to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Professor Te`ak was a polymath who influenced se- veral areas of Croatian science and informatics. He com- pleted elementary-school (1917) and high-school (1925) in Vara`din and graduated in chemical engineering (1930) from the Technical Faculty in Zagreb. He spent a year (1930–1931) with Professor Frederick G. Donnan at the University College in London. After a year of compulsory military service (1931–1932) and four years (1932–1936) as a chemist employed by that-time Yugoslav Ministry of Defence, Professor Te`ak returned to Zagreb. Over the following 10 years, he was employed by the City of Zagreb (1936–1937), Zagreb Gasworks (1937–1938), Civil Defence School (1938–1941) and City of Zagreb Chemical Laboratory (1941–1945). In 1945, Professor Te`ak became a lecturer in the De- partment of Pharmacy, University of Zagreb. That same year, he obtained his PhD from the Technical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, with the dissertation Investiga- tion of Precipitating Structures of Barium Sulphate [Is- tra`ivanje talo`nih struktura barium sulfata]. The follow- ing year (1946), he was appointed associate professor of physical chemistry and the first head of the physico-che- mical laboratory within the Department of Chemistry, Fa- culty of Science, University of Zagreb. In the early 1952, Professor Te`ak became full professor and remained head of the laboratory until his retirement in 1977. Professor Te`ak

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