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Hlaváček Ivan

Prof., PhDr., CSc.
Born May 28, 1931

  • Auxiliary historical sciences and medieval history
  • Member of Learned Society since 1997

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1950-1955, student, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University, Prague, specialisation ancient history archiving; following a brief period as lecturer there (under Prof. Václav Vojtíšek), post-graduate study;
  • 1955-1958, work on the chancery and diplomatics of Václav IV;
  • 1967, Associate Professor; professorship denied until after 1989 (conferred in 1990);
  • 1990-2000, Head, Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences; specialised in Bohemian, especially medieval diplomatics, codicology, palaeography, administrative history and historiography of the field;
  • 1992-1998, Visiting Professor, University of Constance; participated actively in numerous international symposia and congresses abroad, including in the USA, France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Austria, Luxembourg, Hungary, Switzerland

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies:

  • Vice President, Commission Internationale de Diplomatique
  • 1993, Foreign member, Austrian Academy of Science
  • 1977, Corresponding member, Monumenta Germaniae Historica (Munich)
  • 1990, Member, Constance Society for Mediaeval History
  • 1996, Collegium Carolinum (Munich)
  • Member of the international society Medium Aevum Quotidianum (Austria)
  • Member, Kommission für die Regesta Imperii (Austria)

Notable awards:

  • 1981, Křížek Medal of the Slovak Archival Society
  • 1995, AS CR Palacký Medal for contributions to the social sciences
  • 2003, AS CR Medal De scientia et humanitate optime meritis

Selected publications:

  • Mediaeval catalogues of books and libraries in the Czech Lands. Prague, 1966, 161 pp. (in Czech)
  • Das Urkunden- und Kanzleiwesen des böhmischen und römischen Königs Wenzel (IV.) 1376-1419. Ein Beitrag zur spätmittelalterlichen Diplomatik (Schriften der MGH 23). Stuttgart 1970, 507 pp
  • Protocollum visitationis archidiaconatus Pragensis annis 1379-1382 per Paulum de Janowicz archidiaconum Pragensem factum. (Ivan Hlaváček and Zdeňka Hledíková, Eds.). Prague 1973, 529 pp
  • Nichtbohemikale mittelalterliche Originalurkunden in den böhmischen Ländern (with Zdeňka Hledíková). Cologne-Vienna, 1977. IX+200 pp.
  • Ze zpráv a kronik doby husitské (From Reports and Chronicles of the Hussite Period). Selected, compiled, and prepared for publication an introductory study, Prague 1981, 487 pp
  • On the Organization of the State Administrative System of Václav IV. Two studies of his Itineraries and Council (with AUC, Monografia 137), Prague 1991, 134 pp. (in Czech)
  • Introduction to Latin Codicology. Second Edition, Prague, 1994, 96 pp. (in Czech)
  • Vademecum of the Auxiliary Historical Sciences (with Jaroslav Kašpar and Rostislav Nov, more than 70 percent). Fourth Edition, Prague 2002, 544 pp., (in Czech)
  • Books and Libraries in the Bohemian Middle Ages. In press, approximately 400 pp. (in Czech)
  • Josef Emler (1836-1899). Contributions to his teaching, scientific and organizational work. Prague, 1989, 301 pp.
  • Author of an introductory treatise on Josef Emler and his standing in Czech historical science in the second half of the 19th century, pp. 9-129, and editor or co-editor of ten other professional proceedings or series.
  • More than 200 larger treatises and 1500 reviews and reports on historical literature, mostly for foreign journals.

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Luboš Perek is celebrating his 100th year

Founding fellow of the Learned Society and its doyen, astronomer doc. RNDr. Luboš Perek, DrSc, is celebrating his 100th birthday on 26 July 2019. He is an indelible part of history as the person who helped define cosmic space, he was the first to point out the issue of cosmic waste and was also a teacher to the most important Czechoslovak astronomers. Let us express our respect and admiration of the extraordinary scientific career of a person who worked tirelessly and continues to work. The Learned Society wishes Mr Perek health, optimism and joy in the oncoming years.


The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic has appealed to the Hungarian President to support academic freedom

On Friday 19 July the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Learned Society of the Czech Republic sent a letter to Hungarian President János Ánder, in which they state their concerns regarding the situation in respect to management and funding of scientific activities in Hungary. An act, according to which not the Academy of Sciences, but a thirteen-member political committee, will decide on research, funding of scientific activities and establishment or closure of scientific workplaces, will come into force on 1 September.


The loss of Learned Society Fellow prof. Josef Koutecký

We regret to inform that prof. Josef Koutecký, a fellow of the Learned Society, a renowned physician and the founder of paediatric oncology in this country, passed away on 5 July 2019 at the age of 88. He founded paediatric oncology here in 1964 and a separate paediatric oncology department was then established at the Faculty Hospital in Motol, Prague in 1978.