The articles published in this journal normally report the results of peer-reviewed scientific research, but the current issue is an exception. It is a first-person account of the life of one of the pioneers of modern clay science, Professor Jiří Konta from Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. His scientific career trajectory was always rooted in his native land, so he was not commonly seen at conferences or in laboratories in the western world. In spite of this, he gained a highly respected world-wide reputation through his scientific publications, and, even though opportunities to travel were limited, he took full advantage...

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