First Croatian Nobel prize laureate

14 July 2022.

Written by Matija Čaić

Croatia is a small country but has several Nobel Prize winners in various fields. The first was Lavoslav Ružička from Vukovar.

Lavoslav Ružička

He was born in Vukovar on September 13, 1887. Even today, his birthplace can be seen in Strossmayer Street 25.

He spent most of his life in Switzerland where he studied scents and perfumes. In recognition of his work, in 1939 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on polymethylene and terpene.

After that, he began to attract young and talented scientists, one of whom was the future Croatian Nobel laureate Vladimir Prelog.

A colorblind man who loved flowers

Although he was blind to colors, his great passion was gardening, photography and painting. He was particularly interested in Flemish painting, so he owned a large collection of such works.

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