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Kowalski Oldřich

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

  • 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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