Jaromir (Jarda) Ruzicka was born in Prague in 1934. He graduated from the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Charles University and from the Department of Nuclear Chemistry, Czech Technical University. In 1968, when Soviets occupied Czechoslovakia, he emigrated to Denmark. There, he joined the Technical University of Denmark, where he coinvented Flow Injection with Elo Hansen and was installed at a newly created Professorship in Analytical Chemistry by Queen Margrethe II. In 1987, Jarda became professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle where his research continued at the Center for Process Analytical Chemistry until 2005 when he retired and moved to Hawaii.
His publications include two monographs and more than 250 papers. His professional awards include the Talanta Medal, the Torben Bergmann Medal of the Swedish Chemical Society, the Gairn Medal of the European Society of Engineers, the Waters Award, the Silver Medal from Charles University, the Medal of University of Warsaw, Honorary Membership in the Japanese Society for Analytical Chemistry, the Scientific Award by the Japanese Society for Flow Injection Analysis, Fulbright Professorship served in Czech Republic, Hanus Medal of the Czechoslovak Academy of Science, and Memorial Medal of The Czech Technical University. In 2015 he was awarded the Gold Medal by his alma mater, the Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic for his collaboration with Faculty of Pharmacy.
Jarda lives with wife Petra in Honolulu, while their children and grandchildren live on mainland US, in Germany and Denmark. His hobbies were tennis, snowboarding and long-distance coastal navigation, and presently writing and watercolors.