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24 Nov 2015 - 7 Dec 2015

Otto Wichterle: The Story of Contact Lenses

The story of Czech scientist and inventor Otto Wichterle who, thanks to his kitchen-table experiments using a children’s building kit, his son’s bicycle dynamo and a doorbell transformer, invented the first soft contact lenses and changed the lives of over 100 million people around the world.

Presented as a storyboard developed in collaboration with the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Czech Academy of Sciences, the exhibition, targeting young and family audiences, follows the important milestones in Otto Wichterle’s career which was marked by his two ground breaking inventions: silon (a material similar to nylon) and soft contact lenses, both developed in totalitarian Czechoslovakia where Wichterle was politically persecuted.

Part of CZECH 15,  series of Czech and Slovak cultural events to celebrate 15 years of Czech as Joint Honours Programme

More information about CZECH15 on Facebook , Twitter CZECH15BRISTOL, www.bristol.ac.uk/sml/

School of Modern Languages, front of 17 Woodland Road and corridor between 17 and 19 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1TE

From: 24 Nov 2015
To: 7 Dec 2015


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