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Electron microscopy founder Armin Delong dies

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Brno, Oct 7 (CTK) – Armin Delong, an inventor of electron microscopes and one of the most renowned Czech scientists, died at age of 92 on October 5, his daughter Silva Mackova confirmed to CTK on Saturday.

“I can confirm that my dad died on Thursday night. It is hard to deal with it, but he died here at home as he wished,” she said.

Delong has been the founder of electron microscopy in Czechoslovakia. His Tesla BS 242, the first desktop transmission electron microscope, won the gold medal at the Expo 58 Brussels World Fair in 1958.

Delong’s parents were French, but they moved to the former Czechoslovakia. The family lived in Bartovice, which is now part of Ostrava, the industrial centre of the Moravia-Silesia Region. Armin was interested in electronics as a child already and he constructed primitive radios and a telephone by himself.

He graduated from the Brno Technical University, focusing on electrical engineering, especially low-voltage current. In 1978, he was named a professor at the university. He headed the Institute of Scientific Instruments of the Czechoslovak Academy of Science in Brno for more than 30 years.

After the fall of the Czechoslovak communist regime, he was deputy prime minister for science of the federal government for a short time, in 1990. In 1990-92, he was vice president of the Czechoslovak Science Academy.

In 2005, he won the Czech Mind (Ceska hlava) annual prize for his research and particularly for his low voltage transmission electron microscope LVEM5. In 2015 he received a medal of merit for his scientific contribution from the Czech president.

Delong kept working in electron microscopy until his high age in the Delong Instruments company seated in Brno.

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