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Peřina Jan

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born November 11, 1936 in Městec Králové

  • Theory of coherence, quantum, statistical and nonlinear optics
  • Member of Learned Society since 1995

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1957, graduate, Higher electrotechnical industrial school, Prague;
  • 1960-1964, Faculty of Science, Palacký University (FS PU);
  • 1966, CSc. FS PU;
  • 1967, RNDr FS PU;
  • 1984, DrSc. Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University (FMP CU);
  • 1990, Professor in quantum electronics and optics, FS PU.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1959-1960, Project planner at Elektromontážní závody, Prague;
  • 1964-1990, professional and scientific worker, Optics Laboratory, FS PU, Joint Optics Laboratory, PU, and Institute of Physics (IP) Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences;
  • 1990, Head, Joint Optics Laboratory; 1990-1994, Head, Department of Optics FS PU;
  • 1990-present, Professor, Department of Optics FS PU also head scientific worker, Joint Optics Laboratory PU and IP AS CR.

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1965-present, Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists (physical science section);
  • 1990-present, member, Scientific Council FS PU;
  • 2001-present, member, Council for Sciences AS CR;
  • 1993-1997, Physics Commission, Grant Agency of Czech Republic;
  • 1990-1994, Accreditation Sub-Commission for Physics;
  • 1992-1996, Chairman, Czech and Slovak Section, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE);
  • 1985-1994, Czechoslovak Committee for Optics;
  • 1998-presen, member, Commission for Awarding Prizes by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS);
  • 1996-present, International Editorial Board, Czechoslovak Journal of Physics;
  • 1996-present, International Editorial Board, Jemná mechanika a optika (Fine Mechanics and Optics).

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies:

  • 1984, Fellow, Optical Society of America
  • 1990, American Physical Society
  • 1990, SPIE-International Society for Optical Engineering
  • 1987-1990, Vice-president, International Commission for Optics
  • 1987-1993A Commission for awarding the Galileo Medal (ICO)
  • International editorial boards: 1982-1990, Optics Letters , 1976-1991, Acta Physica Polonica, 1982-1998, Journal of Modern Optics (Optica Acta), 1993-1998, Quantum Optics, 1993-present, Progress in Optics, 1996-present, Acta Physica Slovaca, 2002-present, Optica Applicata

Notable, awards:

  • 1983, I. I. Rabi Award, Columbia University, New York
  • 1988, First Class Medal, Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists
  • 1991, Award, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports
  • 1996, Dionýz Ilkovič Gold Plaque, Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • 2001, Award, Statutory City of Olomouc
  • 2002, State Award (for merit Class I), President of the Czech Republic

Selected publications:

  • J. Peřina: Coherence of Light. Van Nostrand Reinhold, London, 1972; 2nd Edition, D. Reidel, Dordrecht-Boston 1985; Russian translation, Mir, Moscow 1974
  • J. Peřina: Photocount statistics of radiation propagating through random and nonlinear media, Progress in Optics, Vol. 18 (Ed. E. Wolf). North-Holland Amsterdam 1980, p. 127
  • J. Peřina: Quantum Statistics of Linear and Nonlinear Optical Phenomena. D. Reidel, Dordrecht-Boston, 1984; 2nd Edition, Kluwer, Dordrecht-Boston 1991; Russian translation Mir, Moscow 1987
  • J. Peřina, Z. Hradil, B. Jurčo: Quantum Optics and Fundamentals of Physics. Kluwer, Dordrecht-Boston 1994
  • V. Peřinová, A. Lukš, J. Peřina: Phase in Optics. World Scientific, Singapore 1998
  • J. Peřina, Jr., J. Peřina: Quantum statistics of nonlinear optical couplers, Progress in Optics, Vol. 41. (Ed. E. Wolf). Elsevier, Amsterdam 2000, p. 361
  • J. Fiurášek, J. Peřina: Quantum statistics of light propagating in nonlinear optical couplers, Coherence and Statistics of Photons and Atoms (Ed. J. Peřina). J. Wiley, New York 2001, p. 65
  • J. Peřina: Superposition of coherent and incoherent fields, Physics Letters 24A, 333 (1967)
  • L. Mišta, V. Peřinová, J. Peřina, Z. Braunerová: Quantum statistical properties of degenerated parametric amplification process, Acta Physica Polonica A 51, 793 (1977)
  • A. Luis, J. Peřina: Zeno effect in parametric down-conversion, Physical Review Letters 76, 4340 (1996)

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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.