I am simply not going back
Zdenko Frankenberger Daneš was born in 1920 in Prague. Both his parents were physicians but his father focused more on scientific research. He lived, for a short time, with his parents in Ljublana and then in Bratislava, where he attended primary and secondary schools. Before the outbreak of WWII the family returned to Czechia. On November 17, 1939, Zdenko Daneš witnessed a raid by SS men. During the war he took an active part in the anti-nazi resistance and it was at this time that he met his wife Marie Haňková (1921–1998). After the war he studied mathematics, physics and geophysics at Charles University, Prague. In 1950, he and Marie fled Czechoslovakia. They went through the refugee camp in Germany and in 1952 settled in the United States. Their children, Petr (1954) and Elena (1956), were born there. During his life, Mr Danes worked in the National Geophysical Institute in Prague and Charles University in Pilsen. In the United States he was employed by Gulf Oil Corporation, The Boeing Company, University of Puget Sound and U.S. Geological Survey. He has published many scholarly articles. In his free time, he occupies himself with music and issues from various fields of culture. In 2007 he married again, with Julsima Duisebayev. He currently lives in Prague.