Otto Wichterle Age, Net Worth, Wife, Family, Height and Biography

otto wichterle
Net Worth $1.5 Million
Name Otto Wichterle
Date of Birth 27 October 1913
Age 84 Years Old
Gender Male

Otto Wichterle Net Worth

$1.5 Million

Otto Wichterle was Czech chemist and best known for his invention of modern soft contact lenses. As of 1998, Otto Wichterle’s net worth is $1.5 million. He is a formidable figure in the world of science and he has over 180 patents and 200 publications to his name.

He has been the chairman and president of several prestigious science institutions and has written two comprehensive theses in chemistry and plastics development. He was also jailed for a few months in 1942. He is survived by his wife and two sons. This year in October, Google had dedicated a doodle to him on their home page.

Otto Wichterle Wiki/Biography

Born on 27 October 1913, Otto Wichterle’s age was 84 Years Old when he died on 18 August 1998. He was born in Prostějov, Czechia and death place is Stražisko, Czechia. He was Czech Nationality and zodiac sign was Scorpio.

otto wichterle old pic
Otto Wichterle Old Pic

He had consulted his schooling from the Wolverines Grammer School in Prostejov and subsequently, he went to a Czech Technical University in Prague, Czechia. He had studied chemical and technological studies at the university and he had graduated in 1936 but he chose to stay back after that. In 1939 he wrote his doctorate in organic chemistry but couldn’t pursue his research due to political reasons. However, he joined the Bata institute and continued his work there.

At the institute he panted an instrumental role in development of plastics called Caprolactam and
Polyamide. He also payed a great role in the development of synthetic fibre named Silon. At the
University he specialized in organic chemistry and has also written textbooks for the same.

In 1949 he started working on his other doctorate for plastics technology and devoted his life to the

Full Name Otto Wichterle
Net Worth $1.5 Million
Date of Birth 27 October 1913
Date of Death 18 August 1998
Age 84 Years Old
Birth Place Prostějov, Czechia
Death Place Stražisko, Czechia
Profession Chemist and Soft Contact Lenses
Debut Invented the Czechoslovak Synthetic Fiber in 1941
Famous Role Inventor of Contact Lenses
Nationality Czech
Hometown Prostějov, Czechia
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
School/High School Wolverines Grammer School, Prostejov
College/University Czech Technical University, Prague, Czechia
Education Qualification Chemical and Technological
Doctorate in Organic Chemistry

Family, Wife & Relationships

Otto Wichterle’s father’s name was Karel Wichterle who was a engineer and his mother’s name was Mrs. Otto who was a homemaker.

He was one sibling and his sister’s name is Hana Wichterlová who is a Sculptor.

otto wichterle sister
Otto Wichterle’s Sister

Otto Wichterle’s marital status was married. His wife’s name was Linda Wichterlova.

otto wichterle wife
Otto Wichterle with his Wife

The two had met in Strazisko and Linda continues to visit. The place for summers even today. The couple had two children. His son’s name is Kamil Wichterle who is a Chemist and second son’s name is Ivan Wichterle who is a author.

otto wichterle family
Otto Wichterle Family
Father Name Karel Wichterle
Mother Name Mrs. Otto
Brother Name
Sister Name Hana Wichterlová
Girlfriend Linda Wichterlova
Marital Status Married
Wife Name Linda Wichterlova
Children Kamil Wichterle (Son)
Ivan Wichterle (Son)

Physical Appearance

Otto Wichterle was a good looking man with an attractive personality. He was tall and thin and commanded respect because he was a science prodigy. He was 5 feet and 10 inches tall and weighed around 68 Kgs.

He had brown hair and mesmerizing green eyes.

Height (approx) in centimeters: 182 cm
in meters: 1.82 m
in feet inches: 5’ 10”
Weight (approx) in kilograms: 68 kg
in pounds: 149 lbs
Eye Colour Green
Hair Colour Brown


He became the Dean of the Institute of Chemical technology in 1952 in Prague. He started studying the cross linking hydrophilous gels. He wanted to find something that was capable of permanent use with living tissues.

otto wichterle

He along with his fellow scientist named Drahoslav Lim were successful in creating a cross linking gel that could absorb up to 40 percent water, was transparent and had the optimum mechanical properties.

In 1953 they patented pHEMA which was the cross linking gel they created which they thought was suitable for creating contact lenses. In 1954 pHEMA was used in an orbital implant.

In 1957, Otto made 100 soft contact lenses but unfortunately he wasn’t successful in that experiment. In 1958 there was a political surge in the Institute of Chemical technology in Prague and Otto along with other prominent leaders had to leave the place and the research.

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