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Obituary Assoc. Prof. Petr Hlaváček from Zlín, Czech Republic

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Associate Professor Petr Hlaváček, who passed away suddenly on Friday 10 January 2014 at the age of 63.

Assoc. Prof. Petr Hlaváček (born in 1950), was Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Technology of Tomas Bata University in Zlín. He was an internationally renowned shoe expert and researcher, well-known for his work on footwear hygiene, shoe history and footwear for people with diabetes.

Together with his team, he created replicas of 5000-year-old Iceman “Ötzi”s footwear. These replicas, which are on display at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, were nominated for the Top 100 discoveries of the year 2003. Petr Hlaváček further conducted research on the footwear of the Terracotta Warriors in China. In 2005, The International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians bestowed him with a prestigious award for the development of preventive footwear for diabetics.

As an international shoe expert, he represented the Czech Republic in several international organisations and he was a regular participant in the meetings of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Petr Hlaváček contributed to a new world-wide nomenclature of shoe sizes by the International Standardization Organization (ISO).

For the past 20 years, novel had close connections with Petr Hlaváček. He was the first user of novel technology in Czech Republic (1993 Micro emed; 1997 pedar® system) and continued to apply novel systems throughout his life (e.g., pedar®; emed®). In 1999, he and his team contributed to the art in shoes exhibition by novel in Munich, which displayed a great variety of shoe creations as arts objects. Petr Hlaváček was a regular participant in novel’s Expert Scientific Meetings (ESM) and contributed numerous excellent papers and lectures.

Our thoughts are with his family who feel most acutely the loss of a great scientist and an impressive and very friendly personality.