A historian and pharmacist professor Franc Minařik was born nearby 400 million years old golden dam of the mountain creek Lobnica, known as a humming pearl of the Pohorje mountainside. Namely, he was born in an administrative building of the glass factory NOVI BENEDIKTOV DOL on Smolnik, which is nowadays a part of the child-friendly Unicef town of Ruše, where he attended primary school, because his father was a director of the glass factory.
He was a winner of the Schelenz plaquette, the highest prize, which can be awarded to a historian of pharmacy. He also won the order of merits for a nation with the golden star, as well as the Winkler plaquette by International society for history and the award Lauri di palatino of the University of Pisa. University of Ljubljana appointed him associate professor of a history of medicine, while the German society for a history of pharmacy posthumously awarded him the Ferchel medal.
He died on the 9th of June 1972 in Maribor. He is buried in Lenart. His surname is given to streets in Maribor and Ruše. We also have Minařik medals – recognition awards of the Slovenian pharmaceutical society.
Online source: Ruše, 8 February 2023