In November he took part at the World Congress of footwear technicians UITIC held in Canton, China, as usual full of energy and enthusiasm. The news of his sudden death, on 10 January last, shocked all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
The professional career of Petr Hlavaček, who was 64, was closely related to the Tomas Bata University of Zlin (Czech Republic) where he was a professor, researcher and for many years rector of the Technology Faculty. Hlaváček also had a great passion for the history of footwear and was one of the greatest experts in the world: his research project on the “shoes” worn by the famous prehistoric man Ötzi was included in the list of 100 most important discoveries of 2003.
A collaborator in various UNIDO development projects and awarded by the UITIC for his commitment to the sector, Hlaváček was currently carrying out an important research on footwear for diabetics and for children.