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Fiedler Miroslav

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born April 7, 1926 in Prague

  • Linear and numerical algebra
  • Member of Learned Society since 1997

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1945, graduated, Vančura academic secondary school, Prague-Smíchov;
  • 1945-1950, Faculty of Science, Charles University;
  • 1950, RNDr.;
  • 1955, CSc., Institute of Mathematics, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences;
  • 1963 DrSc., CSAS;
  • 1965, Professor of Mathematics, Charles University

Employment academic positions:

  • 1952-1991, Institute of Mathematics, CSAS;
  • 1992, pensioner;
  • 1993-present, Institute of Computer Science, AS CR (part time)

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1979-1991, Chairman, Czechoslovak Mathematical Committee
  • 1994-1999, Chairman, Czech Mathematical Committee
  • 1978-1998, Chairman, Committee for Defence of Doctor’s Theses
  • 1970-1998, Vice-Chairman, Central Committee for the Mathematical Olympiad (currently member)
  • 1978-present, Editor-in-Chief, Czechoslovak Mathematics Journal

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies:

  • 1978, Member, International Linear Algebra Society
  • 2000, Member, American Mathematical Society
  • Member, editorial boards of journals: Linear Algebra and Its Applications (U.S.A.), Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra (Israel), Numerische Mathematik (FRG), Mathematica Slovaca (SR).

Notable awards:

  • 1978, National Prize (together with V. Pták), Czech National Council
  • 1986, B.Bolzano Gold Medal, CSAS;
  • 1993, Hans Schneider Prize, International Linear Algebra Society
  • 1996, Gold Plaque, Juraj Hronec, CSAS
  • 2003, Gold Medal Faculty of Sciences, P. J. Šafárik University, Košice

Selected publications:

  • Special Matrices and Their Applications in Numerical Mathematics. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dordrecht 1986
  • Über qualitative Winkeleigenschaften der Simplexe. Czechoslovak Math. J. 7(82), 463-478 (1957)
  • On matrices with non-positive off-diagonal elements and positive principal minors (with V. Pták). Czechoslovak Math. J. 12(87), 382-400 (1962)
  • Generalized norms of matrices and the location of the spectrum (with V. Pták). Czechoslovak Math. J. 12(87), 558-571 (1962)
  • Matrix inequalities. Num. Math. 9, 109-119 (1966)
  • Algebraic connectivity of graphs. Czechosl. Math. J. 23(98), 298-305 (1973)
  • Eigenvalues of nonnegative symmetric matrices. Linear Algebra Appl. 9, 119-142 (1974)
  • Spectral properties of real Hankel matrices. In: Structured Matrices in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, Vol. 1, (V. Olshevsky, Ed.). AMS, Contemporary Mathematics 280, 313-320 (2001)
  • Generalized totally nonnegative matrices (with T. L. Markham). Linear Algebra Appl. 345, 9-28 (2002)

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.