Eduard Hála (English version)

Magdalena Bendová

Thermodynamics is so complex subject, that not many gain deep understanding it. One of such exceptions was Professor Eduard Hála, one of most significant international experts. he did not think sufficient to limit himself to the basic research in chemical thermodynamics, but rather broadened his outlook to chemical engineering and studies of industrially relevant compounds and properties as well. His book Vapour-Liquid Equilibrium was translated into English and has quickly become a seminal work used by students, researchers, and engineers till present days. Memories of his former students and colleagues present him not only as a fine expert who shaped the scientific focus of the Institute of Chemical Fundamentals of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, but also a distinguished, inspiring, and warm personality.