The Learned Society is an association of distinguished scholars of the Czech Republic.
Its main goal is to support free conduct of research and furtherance of scientific knowledge.
In 1952, the Czech scientific community lost its freely elected representation - The Royal Bohemian Society of Learning (founded in the end of the 18th century) and the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts (founded in 1890). Many excellent scientists then became members or corresponding members of the newly established Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, however, this was a strongly politicised body which was dissolved after 1989. Efforts of distinguished scientists including Professor Otto Wichterle led in 1994 to establishment of the Learned Society as a new organization, which represents Czech science following in its best tradition.
Luboš Perek is celebrating his 100th year
Founding fellow of the Learned Society and its doyen, astronomer doc. RNDr. Luboš Perek, DrSc, is celebrating his 100th birthday on 26 July 2019. He is an indelible part of history as the person who helped define cosmic space, he was the first to point out the issue of cosmic waste and was also a teacher to the most important Czechoslovak astronomers. Let us express our respect and admiration of the extraordinary scientific career of a person who worked tirelessly and continues to work. The Learned Society wishes Mr Perek health, optimism and joy in the oncoming years.
The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic has appealed to the Hungarian President to support academic freedom
On Friday 19 July the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Learned Society of the Czech Republic sent a letter to Hungarian President János Ánder, in which they state their concerns regarding the situation in respect to management and funding of scientific activities in Hungary. An act, according to which not the Academy of Sciences, but a thirteen-member political committee, will decide on research, funding of scientific activities and establishment or closure of scientific workplaces, will come into force on 1 September.
The loss of Learned Society Fellow prof. Josef Koutecký
We regret to inform that prof. Josef Koutecký, a fellow of the Learned Society, a renowned physician and the founder of paediatric oncology in this country, passed away on 5 July 2019 at the age of 88. He founded paediatric oncology here in 1964 and a separate paediatric oncology department was then established at the Faculty Hospital in Motol, Prague in 1978.
The loss of Learned Society Fellow doc. PhDr. Slavomil Vencl, DrSc.
We regret to inform that PhDr. Slavomil Vencl, DrSc, fellow of the Learned Society and Czech archaeologist, passed away on 23 June 2019 after a long period of illness at the age of 82 years. He initially specialised in the Neolithic and Eneolithic periods, particularly the stone industry of these periods, and subsequently focused on the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods.
The loss of Ing. Jan Pardon, CSc.
Ing. Jan Pardon, CSc., a businessman who arranged sponsorship donations from the PRO.MED.CS. Praha, a.s. Company for the Learned Society, passed away on 15 June 2019 at the age of 80 years after suffering a serious illness. We honour his memory.
The loss of Learned Society Fellow prof. Ing. Karel Ulbrich, DrSc.
Prof. Karel Ulbrich, fellow of the Learned Society and internationally renowned scientific expert in the field of polymers as drug carriers, passed away on 19 June 2019 aged 72. He and his team extensively developed the field of polymer carriers utilising water-soluble polymers based on HPMA (N(2-hydroxypropyl)meta-crylamide), i.e. targeted delivery of drugs to diseased cells.
The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.