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Baron Codelli Was An Eccentric Innovator From Ljubljana

Born in 1875, Baron Anton Codelli (or Anton Freiherr Codelli von Codellisberg, Sterngreif und Fahnenfeld, to give his rather lengthy full title in German) came from a longstanding family of nobles with Italian roots who lived in the Slovenian province of Carniola. He spent his youth much like any member of the Austro-Hungarian nobility. In 1898, he purchased the first ...

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A Pharma Giant With Humble Origins

Novo Mesto, the capital of the Dolenjska region, managed to weather the recent financial crisis better than most places in Slovenia. Much of the town’s prosperity is a result of the local pharmaceutical industry. Named after a local river, the Krka company is not just a part of the region’s modern-day fabric; its work also has strong connections to the ...

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A Slovenian Scientist Changed Our Understanding of Physics

Born into a modest Slovenian family in 1835, Jožef Stefan grew up to become one of Europe’s preeminent scientists, and has been immortalized in the name of one of Slovenia’s most prestigious institutions. Stefan grew up near the town of Klagenfurt in the Austrian province of Carinthia. His parents, both ethnic Slovenians, were hard-working but uneducated; his father made a ...

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A Ljubljana Born Chemist Won The Nobel Prize

For his role in revolutionizing organic chemistry, Friderik Pregl became the first Slovenian to win the Nobel Prize. But because he had to carry out his scientific work outside of what is now Slovenia, many history books long considered him solely an Austrian Nobel laureate. In 1869, Friderik Pregl was born in Ljubljana to a Slovenian father and a German ...

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ELAN – Pride of Slovenia and a Global Player in Ski Production

“Who thinks about sleep, or about money? The world is waiting for me, and for Elan. In the year 2000, you will see, a magnificent factory will stand in this place,” Rudi Finžgar once proclaimed passionately. And so it happened, but he did it 30 years earlier, in 1970. Rudi Finžgar, a skier, expert craftsman, inventor, pioneer, visionary and, most ...

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A Slovenian Bicycle Repairman Became a Pioneer Car Builder

In 1862, Janez Puh was born into a Slovenian family in the village of Sakušak in what is now eastern Slovenia. He was one of many children (as many as nine according to some sources), but despite the modest conditions of his childhood, he went on to establish a company that helped to pioneer the automobile industry. Puh left his ...

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A Slovenian-Designed Chair Captivated The World

It’s a design classic. Graceful in its simplicity and inspired by the understated elegance of Scandinavian design, the Rex Chair wonderful example of post-war modernism. Since its creation, it has not only attracted a cult following but has also been featured in some of the world’s most prestigious museums. It’s also the work of a Slovenian designer. Niko Kralj, an ...

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Joe Sutter – A Slovenian-American is known as “the father of the 747”

It was one of the biggest engineering feats in the history of transportation. It made our world a smaller place. And for its parent company, it was make-or-break project that could easily have resulted in bankruptcy if it failed. At a time when the Concorde was thought of as the aircraft of the future, it was actually the Boeing 747 ...

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