- František Běhounek
František Běhounek (
October 28, 1898 Prague– January 1, 1973 Karlovy Vary) was a Czech scientist (radiologist), explorer and writer.
Běhounek studied physics and mathematics at
Charles University, later radiologyin France at Marie Curie-Skłodowska.cite book |title=Slovník českých spisovatelů |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors=ed. Věra Menclová, Václav Vaněk |year=2005 |publisher=Libri |location= Prague|isbn=80-7277-179-5 |pages=p. 64-65 |url= cs icon] In 1920s, he was one of the founders of State Radiological Institute. In 1926, he took part in an expedition of Roald Amundsento the North Polewith airship "Norge". In 1928, as an expert on cosmic rays, he was a member of crew of airship "Italia" led by Umberto Nobile. He survived its crash in 1928, and later described it in book "Trosečníci na kře ledové". [literally "Castaways on an ice floe"]
As a scientist, he worked in industrial companies, medical institutions, universities and in the state academy. Since the 1950s, he has participated in work of
Běhounek published about 28 novels (most of them targeted to young people, popularizing science or
science fiction) and many scientific works.
*"Boj o zeměkouli" – sci-fi novel (Prague, 1939)
*"Svět nejmenších rozměrů" - (Prague, 1945)
*"Případ profesora Hrona" – sci-fi novel(Prague, 1947)
*"Swansonova výprava" – sci-fi novel (Prague, 1949)
*"Tajemství polárního moře". – (Prague, 1942)
*"Akce L" (1956)
*"Robinsoni vesmíru" (1958)
*"Tábor v lese" (Prague, 1960)
*"Kletba zlata" - short stories (Prague, 1942)
* [http://www.kav.cas.cz/press/stranky/archiv/ab/ab1998/ab9802/behounek.htm Biography concentrated on scientist (in Czech)]
* [http://www.velikani.cz/index2.php?zdroj=behounekf&kat=litcz Biography concentrated on explorer and writer (in Czech)]
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