Zdravko Ježić

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Zdravko Ježić
Marijan Žužej, Juraj Amšel and Zdravko Ježić 1956.jpg
Ježić (right) in 1956
Personal information
Born 17 August 1931
Niš, Serbia
Died 19 June 2005 (aged 73)
New York City, United States
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 91 kg (201 lb)
Sport Water polo
Club HAVK Mladost

Zdravko "Pusko" Ježić (17 August 1931 – 19 June 2005) was a Croatian chemist and water polo player. He was part of the Yugoslav team that won silver medals at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics and placed fourth in 1960.[1]

In 1958 Ježić received a degree in chemical technology from the University of Zagreb, and in 1960 started working for chemical industry.[2] In 1962 he defended a PhD in organic chemical technology, and then spent a few years as a postdoctoral student at the University of Michigan. From 1966 until his retirement in 1992 he developed polymeric materials at Dow Chemical Company in the United States.[2] He co-authored numerous scientific and technical papers and 13 patents.[2] As a U.S. citizen, Ježić appeared in an Olympic-themed commercial for Dow Chemical during the 1988 Olympics.[3]

Ježić died in New York City in 2005. In 2010, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[4]