Jaroslav "Jerry" Vlcek

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Jaroslav “Jerry” Vlcek was born in a highland valley in Czechoslovakia and spent his childhood mostly walking alone and exploring the nature that surrounded him. School took away his direct knowledge of nature, but academic success catapulted him to a lifelong career as a research scientist and educator, culminating in a professorship at the University of Toronto, where he worked in the Departments of Applied Physics, Civil Engineering, and the Faculty of Forestry. He is now retired, and lives with his wife in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.