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Havlas Zdeněk

RNDr., DrSc.
Born May 13, 1951 in Nymburk

  • Theoretical organic chemistry, quantum chemistry
  • Member of Learned Society since 2003

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1969, graduate, academic secondary school in Nymburk;
  • 1969-1975, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Charles University (FS CU);
  • 1975, RNDr., FS CU;
  • 1979, CSc., Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry AS CR (IOCB)
  • 2001, DrSc., IOCB

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1979-present, scientific worker, IOCB; 1996-1998, Chairman, Scientific Council of IOCB
  • 1998-2002, Head, Department of Theoretical Chemistry;
  • 2002-present, Director, IOCB

Notable awards:

  • 2000, Award of Learned Society

Selected publications:

  • Z. Havlas, M. Kyvala, J. Michl: Zero-field splitting in triplet nitrenes, phosphinidenes, and arsinidenes. Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 68 2335 (2003)
  • V. Klusak, Z. Havlas, L. Rulisek, J. Vondrasek, A. Svatos: Sexual attraction in the silkworm moth: Nature of binding of bombykol in pheromone binding protein - An ab initio study. Chem. Biol. 10, 331 (2003)
  • L. Rulisek, Z. Havlas: A theoretical design of the most specific combinations of functional groups representing amino acid side chains for the selected metal ions (Co2+, Ni2+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Cd2+, and Hg2+). J. Phys. Chem. B107, 2376 (2003)
  • W. Zierkiewicz, D. Michalska, Z. Havlas, P. Hobza: Study of the nature of improper blue-shifting hydrogen bonding and standard hydrogen bonding in the X3CH...OH2 and XH...OH2 complexes (X = F, Cl, Br, I): A correlated ab initio study. Chem. Phys. Chem. 3, 511 (2002)
  • Z. Havlas, J. Michl: Prediction of an inverse heavy-atom effect in H-C-CH2Br: Bromine substituent as a p acceptor. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 124, 5606 (2002)
  • B. J. van der Veken, W. A. Herrebout, R. Szostak, D. N. Shchepkin, Z. Havlas, P. Hobza: The nature of improper, blue-shifting hydrogen bonding verified experimentally. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 123, 12290 (2001)
  • P. Hobza, Z. Havlas: Blue-shifting hydrogen bonds. Chem. Rew. 100, 4253 (2000)
  • H. Bock, K. Gharagozloo-Hubmann, M. Sievert, T. Prisner, Z. Havlas: Single crystals of an ionic anthracene aggregate with a triplet ground state. Nature 404, 267 (2000)
  • Z. Havlas, J. W. Downing, J. Michl: Ab initio methodology and application to 1,1-biradicals: Carbene and silylene. J. Phys. Chem. A102, 5681 (1998)
  • Z. Havlas, J. Michl: Spin-orbit coupling in organic biradicals: zero-field splitting in triplet tetramethylene ethane. THEOCHEM 398, 281 (1997)

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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.