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Kowalski Oldřich

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born June 19, 1936 in Brno, † 2021 

  • Differential geometry
  • Member of Learned Society since 1998

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1959 graduate, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1959-1963, assistant lecturer;
  • 1963-1967, lecturer;
  • 1968-1969, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Institute of Technology in Brno;
  • 1967-1968, one-year contract, Military Technical College, Cairo (lectures in mathematics for students of pedagogy);
  • 1969-1970, research fellow, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University (FMP CU);
  • 1970-1991, Associate Professor of mathematics, FMP CU;
  • 1973-1976, Vice-Dean, scientific affairs, FMP CU;
  • 1992-2001, Professor of mathematics, FMP CU, member, Scientific Council, FMP CU;
  • September 2001-present, half-time professor at FMP CU

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1971-2001, editor-in-chief, Advances in mathematics, physics and astronomy (popularisation journal)
  • 2001-present, active, central bodies, Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists
  • 1991-present, member, working group, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Accreditation Commission of Czech Republic
  • 1992-1998, member, working group, Grant Agency of CR (GA CR)
  • Long-time member, specialized commission for granting DrSc.
  • Member (till 2004), Scientific Council, Institute of Mathematics, Silesian University, Opava
  • 2000-2003, member, Supervisory Board, GA CU

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Member, American Mathematical Society (till 2001)
  • Editor-in-chief, Differential Geometry and its Applications (Elsevier)
  • Member, journal, Annals of Global Analysis and Geometry (Kluwer)

Important awards:

  • 1978, Faculty Medal, FMP CU, Class II
  • 1978, Distinguished Member, Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists
  • 1996, Faculty Medal, FMP CU, Class I
  • 1993, Honorary Member, Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists
  • 2001, Silver Medal, Silesian University
  • 2002, Title Professor Emeritus, Charles University
  • 2002, Honorary Member, Scientific Council, FMP CU

Selection of publications:

  • O. Kowalski: Generalized Symmetric Spaces. In: Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Vol. 805. Springer, 1980; Russian translation, MIR, Moscow 1984
  • E. Boeckx, O. Kowalski, L. Vanhecke: Riemannian manifolds of conullity two.
    World Scientific Publishers, Singapore, 1996, 300 pp.
  • O. Kowalski: Additive volume invariants of Riemannian manifolds. Acta Mathematica 145, 205-225 (1980)
  • O. Kowalski, L. Vanhecke: Opérateurs différentiels invariants et symétries géodesiques préservant le volume. C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris 296, Série I, 1001-1003 (1983)
  • O. Kowalski, L. Vanhecke: G-deformations and some generalizations of H. Weyl’s tube theorem. Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 294 (2), April 1986, 799-811
  • O. Kowalski, F. Tricerri, L. Vanhecke: Curvature homogeneous Riemannian manifolds. J. Math. Pures Appl. 71, 1992, 471-501
  • O. Kowalski, Z. Vlášek: Homogeneous Einstein metrics on Aloff-Wallach spaces.
    Diff. Geometry and Appl. 3 (1993), 157-167
  • E. Boeckx, O. Kowalski, L. Vanhecke: Non-homogeneous relatives of symmetric spaces. Diff. Geom. and Appl. 4 (1994), 45-69
  • O. Kowalski, F. Prüfer, L. Vanhecke: D’Atri spaces. In: Topics in Geometry, In memory of Joseph D’Atri, Birkhäuser, 1996, 241-284
  • O. Kowalski, M. Sekizawa: On Tangent Sphere Bundles with Small or Large Constant Radius. Ann. Global. Anal. Geom. 18 (special issue dedicated to A. Gray), 207-219 (2000)

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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.