Josef Jungmann was a Bohemian poet and linguist, and a leading figure of the Czechoslovakian National Revival.
His father was of a Bohemian German descent and his mother was of Czechoslovakian descent. The children grew up speaking both languages at home, which contributed heavily to Jungmann"s later role as a revivalist of the Czechoslovakian language.
After he completed grammar school in 1788-1792 however, he went on to study Philosophy and Law.
Together with Josef Dobrovský, he is considered to be a creator of the modern Czechoslovakian language. Jungmann was the sixth child (out of ten) of a cobbler. In his youth, he wanted to become a priest.
Beginning in 1799, he started teaching at the local high school ("Gymnasium") in Litoměřice (Leitmeritz), which had a German majority at that time.
In 1815, he moved to Prague, where he worked until 1845 in the Old Town Academic Grammar School as a Czechoslovakian professor He earned a doctorate in Philosophy and Mathematics in 1817.
He was the dean of the Faculty of Arts in 1827 and 1838. In 1840, he became the rector of Charles University in Prague.
Emanuel Chalupný: Jungmann, Prag 1909
Julius Dolanský: Jungmannův odkaz (Z dějin české slovesnosti), Prag 1948.