The designer of the medal – Miro Orszagh, MD
Born in Martin, Slovakia, Miro Orszagh grew up in a close knit family with his two brothers. After his high school graduation he began his studies at a sports university before devoting himself to the study of medicine.
In 1983, after his relocation to Germany, he worked in Munich, Hamburg and Göttingen before spending 15 years in the department of Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology of the Freiburg University Hospital. He gained a great deal from his work with the great team of physicists here and their "never-ending battle" with the k-space. He often used drawings in his publications and presentations – some highly scientific, others less – to illustrate the topics under discussion. At some point these drawings, which colleagues found to be extraordinarily profound, caught the eye of someone who suggested they be turned into an art book.
One of these drawings is the "Juggler at the Base of the Skull"…, which is a chapter of his book that he long ago dedicated to his friend and supporter Prof. Samii. "It couldn't suit anyone more perfectly". The "Juggler…", a fascinating symbolic figure – someone trying to do something extraordinary, going to the limits of his abilities, realizing his mystical visions, enthusing. And we all know about the infinite source of energy which enthusiasm provides…
Miro Orszagh's current project is the construction of the "Neuro Art Gallery" in the oldest mining town in Slovakia, Banská Štiavnica, where he spent most summers of his youth and which became an Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site in 1993. His vision is also to expose neuro-inspired puzzles from other colleagues here to bring a touch of poetry into this serious field. In addition to his passion for medicine and music, the most important people in his life are his four children: David, Florence, Nore-Runa, and Fionna-Sara.