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Perek Luboš

Assoc. Prof., RNDr., DrSc., dr. h.c.
Born on July 26, 1919, † 2020

  • Astronomy, galactic dynamics and space activities
  • Member of Learned Society since 1999

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1945, assistant lecturer, Institute of Mathematics, Czech Technical University, Prague;
  • 1952-1956, Associate Professor, Masaryk University (MU), Brno;
  • 1955-1967, Head, stellar department, Astronomical Institute, CSAS, Prague;
  • 1959, Visiting astronomer, Mt. Wilson and Palomar Observatories, California, USA;
  • 1964, Visiting Professor, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA;
  • 1968-1975, Director, Astronomical Institute, CSAS, Prague;
  • 1975-1980, Chief, Outer Space Affairs Division, United Nations Secretariat, New York;
  • 1980-present, head scientific worker, consultant, emeritus, Astronomical Institute AS CR.

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1983, Honorary member, Czechoslovak Astronomical Society
  • 1989-1992, Chairman, Czech Astronomical Society

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • 1954, Member, 1967-1970 secretary general, International Astronomical Union (IAU)
  • 1973-1976, President, IAU Commission on Galactic Structure and Dynamics
  • 1968-1970, Vice-President, International Council of Scientific Unions
  • 1970-1979, Chairman, ICSU Panel on World Data Centres
  • 1970, Associate Member, Royal Astronomical Society, London
  • 1975, Member, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
  • 1977, Member, International Institute of Space Law (from 1996 member, Board of Directors
  • 1977, Member, International Academy of Astronautics (member Board of Trustees 1978-1982)
  • 1980-1982, President, International Astronautical Federation (IAF) (1990-1992 Co-chairman International Program Committee; since 2003 consultant to IAF President)
  • 1986, Member (1994 honorary member) Academie Nationale de l’Air et de l’Espace, Toulouse, France
  • 1992, founding member, European Astronomical Society

Notable awards:

  • 1969, Medal, Université de Liege
  • 1971, Kepler Medal, Czechoslovak Astronomical Society
  • 1980, T. Hagecius de Hajek Medal, CS Astronomical Society
  • 1981, Nagy Ernö Medal, Hungarian Astronomical Society
  • 1982, Medal, University of Zagreb
  • 1982, Medal, City of Paris
  • 1986, Medal, College de Paris
  • 1992, Prix Janssen, Société Astronomique de France
  • 1999, Doctor honoris causa, MU
  • 1999, Nušl Award, Czech Astronomical Society.

Selected publications:

  • Distribution of Mass in the Galactic System. Comm. Astr. Inst. Masaryk Univ. 1, No. 6, 1948
  • Untersuchung von Sternen mit hyperbolischen Geschwindigkeiten. Astron. Nachrichten, Vol. 283, 213, 1956
  • Distribution of Mass in Oblate Stellar Systems. Adv. in Astronomy and Astroph. 11, 165, 1961
  • Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae (with L. Kohoutek). Academia, Prague 1967
  • Physics, Uses and Regulation of the Geostationary Orbit. Proc. 20th Coll. on the Law of Outer Space, Amer. Inst of Astronomy and Astronautics, 1978
  • Delimitation of Air Space and Outer Space. Proc. Symp. on Earth Oriented Act and their Legal Implications, McGill University Montreal, Canada, Oct. 1981, p. 275
  • Traffic Rules for Outer Space. Proc. 25th Coll. on the Law of Outer Space, AIAA, 1983, p. 37
  • Space Debris as an Issue for the International Community. 8th ISTS Tokyo, 1992
  • Space Debris at the United Nations, Space Debris, Vol. 2, p.123-136, 2002
  • Basic Problems in Space Traffic. Proc. 46th Coll. on the Law of Outer Space, AIAA p. 322-331, 2004
  • Space Debris Mitigation and Prevention: How to build a stronger international regime, Astropolitics 2, 215-226, 2004

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26.06.20

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.

24.06.20

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.

27.11.19

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.