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Loewenstein Bedřich

Prof., PhDr., CSc.
Born June 20, 1929 in Prague, † 2017 

  • Honorary member of Learned Society since 2000

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1949, graduate, academic secondary school, Prague 7;
  • 1949-1951 and 1953-1956, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University (FP CU);
  • 1957-1960; post-graduate student; Institute of History (IH), Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (CSAS);
  • 1961 CSc.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1956-1957, Pedagogical Publishing House, Prague; then scientific worker at IH CSAS;
  • 1970-1978, translator, Embassy of FRG, Prague;
  • 1979, Professor of recent history, Free University, West Berlin;
  • 1994-present, pensioner

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Corresponding member, Berliner Wissenschaft-Gesellschaft (Berlin)
  • Member, Collegium Carolinum (Munich)

Notable awards:

  • 1999, František Palacký Medal, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (AS CR)

Selected publications:

  • Otto von Bismarck. Prague, 1968
  • Středověk dvacátého století (Middle ages in the twentieth century). Prague, 1970 (destroyed)
  • Plädoyer für die Zivilisation. Hamburg, 1973
  • Der Entwurf der Moderne. Vom Geist der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft u. Zivilisation. Essen, 1987, 2. vyd. Darmstadt, 1990
  • 6mal Prag (pseud. Fritz Böhm). Munich, 1988. 2. vyd. 1990
  • Problemfelder der Moderne. Elemente politischer Kultur. Darmstadt, 1990
  • O nacionalismu a revolucích (On nationalism and revolutions). Prague, 1991
  • Projekt moderny (Project of modern times). O duchu občanské společnosti a civilizace (On the spirit of a civic society and civilization). Prague, 1995
  • Annäherungsversuche: Geschichte und Psychologie. Pfaffenweiler, 1992
  • My a ti druzí: Dějiny, psychologie, antropologie (Us and the Others: History, Psychology, Anthropology). Brno, 1997
  • Wier und die anderen. Historische und kultursoziologische Betrachtungen. Dresden, 2003
  • Civilizace a fašismus (Civilization and Fascism). Studie z let 1969/71 (Study from the years 1969/1971). Prague, 2003

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XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

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.


Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.


XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.