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PROKOPIUS DIVISCH’S MEMORIAL IN PŘÍMĚTICE

PROKOPIUS DIVISCH’S MEMORIAL IN PŘÍMĚTICE

- A great scientist in a Premonstratensian vestment -
This memorial together with the model of the first lightning conductor in Europe, located in the neighbourhood of St Margaret’s Church in Přímětice (a Znojmo suburb), was designed by architect Bohuslav Fuchs and it commemorates Prokopius Divisch (1698-1765), a famous Znojmo scientist. He studied at the Jesuit College by St Michael’s Church and then at the cloister school in Louka. He became a priest of the Premonstratensian Order. He taught science and philosophy at the school in Louka. His scientific works were acknowledged at universities in Olomouc and Salzburg. For a short time he was appointed prior of the Louka Abbey. As he was too good-hearted and also rather quick-tempered he had to spend much of his life “in exile” – as a parson in the Premonstratensian village of Přímětice. It was there that he constructed the first lightning conductor in Europe (1754). At that time, independently of Divisch, Benjamin Franklin in North America had just come up with the same idea. Music was another hobby of Divisch’s. He constructed an original and ingenious multi-harmonic musical instrument called Denis d´Or, which aroused public excitement far and wide. There is one more Divisch’s memorial in Znojmo – his bust created by J. F. Fischer, Otakar Španiel’s pupil, can be found in the middle of Divišovo náměstí (Divisch Square), just in front of the Jesuit College.

- A great scientist in a Premonstratensian vestment -

This memorial together with the model of the first lightning conductor in Europe, located in the neighbourhood of St Margaret’s Church in Přímětice (a Znojmo suburb), was designed by architect Bohuslav Fuchs and it commemorates Prokopius Divisch (1698-1765), a famous Znojmo scientist. He studied at the Jesuit College by St Michael’s Church and then at the cloister school in Louka. He became a priest of the Premonstratensian Order. He taught science and philosophy at the school in Louka. His scientific works were acknowledged at universities in Olomouc and Salzburg. For a short time he was appointed prior of the Louka Abbey. As he was too good-hearted and also rather quick-tempered he had to spend much of his life “in exile” – as a parson in the Premonstratensian village of Přímětice. It was there that he constructed the first lightning conductor in Europe (1754). At that time, independently of Divisch, Benjamin Franklin in North America had just come up with the same idea. Music was another hobby of Divisch’s. He constructed an original and ingenious multi-harmonic musical instrument called Denis d´Or, which aroused public excitement far and wide. There is one more Divisch’s memorial in Znojmo – his bust created by J. F. Fischer, Otakar Španiel’s pupil, can be found in the middle of Divišovo náměstí (Divisch Square), just in front of the Jesuit College. 


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