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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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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.