Jaroslav Heyrovský enrolled at the Charles-Ferdinand University Faculty of Arts to study chemistry, physics, and mathematics in 1909. He completed his studies in Prague after the First World War, earning his Ph.D. degree. Together with a Japanese colleague, Heyrovský invented polarography, an instrument for the automatic registration of measured quantities. In 1926, Heyrovský was appointed Charles University’s first Professor of Physical Chemistry. He went on to work as the director of the Institute of Polarography at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1959.