In Central Europe you can find several states and dynasties, but first of all it is a homeland of thousands of pretty interesting people! Like Isidor Isaac Rabi, American physicist, Nobel laureate in 1944. An American, but born in Galician town of Rymanów. From there his family emigrated to New York, where he lived until his death on January 11th 1988. Which was exactly 29 years ago.
That’s what he wrote about his childhood and how he became a scientist.
My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: So? Did you learn anything today? But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?” That difference — asking good questions — made me become a scientist
(“Parents Magazine”, September 1993, taken from Wikiquote)0