František Patočka

František Patočka (22 October 1904, Turnov – 14 March 1985, Prague) was a Czechoslovak microbiologist and serologist. He established the study of virology in Czechoslovakia.

Patočka studied medicine (specialised in microbiology) at the Charles University in Prague (graduated in 1928). In 1936 he became head of the Czech Bacteriological Institute (after Ivan Honl). At the end of World War II, together with epidemiologist Karel Raška, he was personally leading measures to stop the spread of epidemic typhus in the Terezín concentration camp.[1] Together they wrote a report describing the appalling conditions and mistreatment of German civilians incarcerated in the Small Fortress after the war ended. During the 1960s he worked as an expert for the WHO in India and Zaire.

His brother Jan Patočka was a well-known Czechoslovak philosopher.


  1. ^ "Čech, který porazil neštovice. Komunisté ale epidemiologa Rašku o zásluhy připravili". Česká televize. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2021.

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