About Ivo Maćela
In 1947 Ivo Maćela was nominated candidate for the Nobel Prize by the Medical Faculty in Prague.
Professor Ivo Maćela was born in 1891 in Trpanj on the peninsula of Pelješac in Croatia, into a family of Pelješac captains. He attended primary school in Trpanj, and grammar school in Dubrovnik and Split.
In 1918 he graduated from the Medical Faculty at the Charles University (Univerzita Karlova) in Prague. Later on he was appointed assistant to professor Biedl, world renowned endocrinologist, at the Chair of General and Experimental Pathology.
In the period from 1923 to 1925 as a Rockefeller Foundationer, takes study trips and works at the leading laboratories in New York, Boston, Toronto (in the laboratory of professor John Macleod, Nobel Prize winner in 1923 for the discovery of insulin), Montreal, Cambridge and Oxford.
Since 1926 he lectured as assistant professor at the Charles University in Prague.
In 1928 he moved to the Comenius University (Univerzita Komenskeho) in Bratislava in Slovakia, at the position of associate professor of Experimental Pathology and founder and Chief of the Institute for Experimental Pathology.
In 1933, at the age of 42, Ivo Maćela became full professor and later on Dean of the Medical Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava. Since 1939 he lectured again at the Charles University in Prague.
In 1945 Ivo Maćela founded the Medical Faculty in Plzen in Czech Republic, run the Chair of Pathology and was elected a Vice-President of the Medical Faculty in Plzen.
In 1947 he was nominated unanimously candidate for the Nobel Prize by the Council of Professors at the Medical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague, for his research and important achievements in endocrinology, in particular for his contribution in research of insulin per os, taken by mouth.
He died in Bratislava of heart attack in 1952. His earthly remains are in a family tomb in his native Trpanj.
Professor Ivo Maćela was a distinguished scientist, excellent lecturer and efficient university administrator. His research works on physiology, pathophysiology, endocrinology (insulin), cardiology (on heart dynamics), etc. were published in English, French, German, Czech and Slovak language. This scientist and polyglot was a good friend and colleague of professor Lavoslav Ružička, Croatian Nobel prize winner.
He was a great lecturer, well informed about latest researches through medical journals he received from abroad, that he passed with great enthusiasm to his students. He was offered twice a chair at the Medical Faculty in Zagreb but for some reason this never realized. He longed very much for his native Trpanj, which he often visited on summers with his family.