- A dictionary of medical eponyms

Blahoslav Bednar

Born  1916
Died  1998

Related eponyms

Czech pathologist, 1916-1998. Correct spelling in Czech: Blahoslav Bednáø

Biography of Blahoslav Bednar

Blahoslav Bednàr, MD DSc, Charles University of Prague Professor of Pathology was Director of the Hlava Institute of Pathology, Prague, from 1955 to 1983. He succeeded Professor Herman Sikl (1888-1955..

Bblahoslav Bednàr was born on 18 December, 1916, in a big family of a Presbyterian minister and spent his whole life in Prague. He was MD and DSc from the Charles University of Prague and professor and chairman of the Hlava Institute of Pathology, Prague, from 1955 to 1983. He succeeded Professor Herman Sikl (1888-1955).

Professor Bednar is remembered for stimulating a post-war revival of Czechoslovak pathology. He organized the scientific activities of Czech pathologists, founded the official journal Czecho-Slovak Pathology, prepared international meetings, became a member of the Excerpta Medica Editorial Board, edited textbooks and established a valuable collection of reference histopathological slides.

His beloved Hlava Institute of Pathology was substantially modernized by him. Electron microscopy and immunohistochemistry started there during his years. The Bednar School of Czech Pathology provided no less than 13 professors for both Czech and foreign universities. He published 409 papers and 25 monographs.

We thank Patric Jucker-Kupper, Switzerland, for information submitted.


  • P. Mirejovsky:
    Obituary. Professor B. Bednar (1916–1998). Virchows Archiv, Berlin, 1999, 434:375-383.
    Professor Dr. Pavel Mirejovsky, Director, Hlava Institute of Pathology, Charles University, Prague
  • Pavel Miøejovský, Pavel - Bednáø, Blahoslav
    Obecná patologie [General Pathology].
    Praha : Univerzita Karlova - Vydavatelství Karolinum, 1994.

What is an eponym?

An eponym is a word derived from the name of a person, whether real or fictional. A medical eponym is thus any word related to medicine, whose name is derived from a person.

What is Whonamedit?

Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. It is our ambition to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person.


Whonamedit? does not give medical advice.
This survey of medical eponyms and the persons behind them is meant as a general interest site only. No information found here must under any circumstances be used for medical purposes, diagnostically, therapeutically or otherwise. If you, or anybody close to you, is affected, or believe to be affected, by any condition mentioned here: see a doctor.