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Immunologist , physician , writer , poet

Miroslav Holub, American author, scientist. Member Union Czechoslovak Writers (central committee 1963-1969), Union Czech Science Workers (central committee 1969-1971), Bavarian Academy Arts, New York Academy of Sciences, International Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, European Culture Club, Pangea (president), British Poetry Society.

Background

Holub, Miroslav was born on September 13, 1923 in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. Son of Josef and Frantiska (Dvorakova) Holub.

Education

Doctor of Medicine, Charles University, Czechoslovakia, 1953. Doctor (honorary), Charles University, Czechoslovakia, 1985. Doctor of Science, Charles University, Czechoslovakia, 1991.

Career

Miroslav Holub's work was heavily influenced by his experiences as an Immunologist, writing many poems using his scientific knowledge to poetic effect. His work is almost always unrhymed, so lends itself easily to translation. It has been translated into more than 30 languages and is especially popular in the English-speaking world.

Although one of the most internationally well-known Czech poets, his reputation continues to languish at home. Holub was born in Plzeň. His first book in Czech was Denní služba (1958), which abandoned the somewhat Stalinist bent of poems earlier in the decade (published in magazines).

In English, he was first published in the Observer in 1962, and five years later a Selected Poems appeared in the Penguin Modern European Poets imprint, with an introduction by Al Alvarez and translations by Ian Milner and George Theiner. Holub's work was lauded by many, including Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney, and his influence is visible in Hughes' collection Crow (1970). In addition to poetry, Holub wrote many short essays on various aspects of science, particularly biology and medicine (specifically immunology) and life.

A collection of these, titled The Dimension of the Present Moment, is still in print. In the 1960s, he published two books of what he called 'semi-reportage' about extended visits to the United States.

Works

Membership

Member Union Czechoslovak Writers (central committee 1963-1969), Union Czech Science Workers (central committee 1969-1971), Bavarian Academy Arts, New York Academy of Sciences, International Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, European Culture Club, Pangea (president), British Poetry Society.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Tennis, table-tennis, fencing.

Connections

Married 1st V^ra Koktova in 1948, 2nd Marta Svikruhova, 3rd Jitka Langrova in 1969.

father:
Josef Holub

mother:
Frantiska (Dvorakova) Holub

spouse:
Jitka Langrová