Otto Wichterle

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Birthday
27, 1913
Birthplace
Czech Republic
Death Date
Aug 18, 1998 (84)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
27, 1913
Birthplace
Czech Republic
Death Date
Aug 18, 1998 (84)

About

Czech chemist who invented the first practical soft contact lens.

Before Fame

He created the polymer that would go into his lenses, but he shelved it soon after, coming back only when he started to work on contact lenses.

Trivia

He sold the rights to his patented lenses to the American company Bausch & Lomb for $330,000, but because he worked for the state, he only received $330 from the sale.

Family Life

His father ran a machine factory.

Associated With

He and musician Bedrich Smetana were both famous Czechs.

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