Petr Hlavacek, dean emeritus at the Tomas Bata University in Zlin, died on Jan. 10 at the age of 63. The well-known Czech scholar started off as a footwear technician but spent most of his professional career at the university, conducting research on footwear hygiene, children's shoes and shoes for diabetics. Deeply involved in the history of shoes, he made replicas of a 5,000-year-old shoe worn by an alpine mummy, Ötzl, that was nominated for the Top 100 discoveries in the year 2003. He conducted research on the Terracotta Warriors' footwear as part of a Unesco project. The International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians (UITIC) gave him a special technological development award in 2005.

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