Petr Černý began his scientific carreer in the mid-1950s. From the beginning, he focused on granitic pegmatites in his home country, Czechoslovakia. He was particularly interested in granitic pegmatites enclosed in compositionally contrasting rocks, like serpentinites, which are common components of metamorphic complexes of the Moldanubian Zone. Two localities dominated his quest for answers, Drahonín (see below about the cover page) and especially Věžná, both localities situated about 40–50 km northwest of Brno, his birthplace. Beryllium-bearing minerals (bavenite, milarite, epididymite, eudidymite), cordierite, phosphates of the rare-earth elements, zircon and niobian rutile were the most common targets of his mineralogical studies,...

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