My good upbringing saved me from the bad things
Tomáš Pertile was born on 2 September 1933 in Ostrava to the family of a civil servant. His father died of tuberculosis in 1941, after which his mother fell seriously ill. During the years 1942-1944, he lived in an orphanage of Dominican nuns in Liptál na Vsetínsku. This is where, in1944, he witnessed the flight of hundreds of American bombers. He experienced the end of the war and liberation in Ostrava. His mother was a close co-worker of one of the founders of the Fight Against Tuberculosis, Bohumil Malý. He trained as a locksmith and a lathe operator. During his military service, he was called on to join the Technical Auxiliary Battalion (PTP). He worked in the warehouse of a building company in Ostrava. He completed his secondary school studies remotely and then he studied astronomy for two years in Valašské Meziříčí. From 1963 to 1972 he was the head of a public observatory in the center of Ostrava. In the nineties he worked for the newly built planetarium in Ostrava-Poruba. A planet was named after him for his popularization work concerning astronomy in 2004.