Jan Rosmus

Jan Rosmus

JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY I 0 bituary Jan R osmus The death of a man at the peak of his creative activities is always, unless one has really deep...

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JOURNAL

OF CHROMATOGRAPHY

I

0 bituary

Jan R osmus

The death of a man at the peak of his creative activities is always, unless one has really deep and firm. religious beliefs, felt as a tremendous injustice and a tragic failure, and the obvious uselessness of such an event leads to an increasing sense of futility. On a sunny morning, July zgth, a traffic accident in Prague resulted in the death of Dr. Jan Rosmus, who was known to readers of theJozcrrtal of Chromatogma$hy as the author of numerous studies on the separation of amino acid derivatives; his contribution to the recent two-part review on this topic summarized his ideas in this field. Born in Prague in x935, he obtained his MSc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Technical University in Prague and began his career as a research chemist in the Research Institute of the Food Industry. In ~964 and 1965 he had a post-doctorate fellowship in the Department of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A., and on returning to Prague he resumed his favourite work on the protein collagen in the Research Institute of the Food Industry. At the time of his death, he was leading a well established group of workers and was loved and respected by his students and collaborators. His lectures at the Technical University in Prague, although they were given over a period of no more than two years, were ones that were never missed by his students. His broad knowledge of the literature together with his excellent laboratory skills were some of the most stimulating factors in research work that I have ever experienced. He was without doubt a man of fair play and jollity who never lost his sense of humour, and he was a really good scientist. We know that no one is immortalin the thoughts of his friends and colleagues, but we would like to bring this remarkable man to the memory of all those who met him or his name along the pathway of their scientific work. Physiological I9m!itzcte,

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Cxechoslovak Academy oj Science, Prague (Czechoslovakia) J, Ckvotna.tog~.,74 (1972) I