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Kratochvíl Pavel

Prof., Ing., DrSc., Dr.h.c.
Born February 6, 1930 in Prague

  • Physical chemistry of polymers
  • Member of Learned Society since 1994 (Founding Member)
  • Member, Foundation for Support of Science of LS
  • Vice-Chairman, 1996-2001
  • Chairman, 2001-2003
  • Vice-Chairman of Foundation, 2003

Educational and professional preparation

  • 1953, Ing., Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague (ICT)
  • 1960, CSc., Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry (IMC), CSAS
  • 1968, DrSc., IMC
  • 1991, Associate Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry, ICT
  • 1992, Full Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry, ICT

Employment and academic positions

  • 1953, technologist, Východočeské chemické závody (East Bohemia Chemical Works), Pardubice-Rybitví
  • 1953-1957, assistant lecturer and lecturer, ICT, Pardubice
  • 1957-1960, post-graduate student, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry CSAS
  • 1960-present, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry AS CR, scientist (1964, senior scientist; 1968, head scientist; 1990-1998, Director of the Institute)

Membership in selected national scientific bodies

  • 2001-2005, Scientific Council (SC), AS CR, 1990-2003, ICT
  • 1990-2010, SC University of Pardubice
  • 1992-present, SC Faculty of Technology, Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín
  • 1992-2003, SC Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology
  • 2002-present, Commission for Scientific Integrity, AS CR
  • 1990-present, Czech Commission for UNESCO
  • 1990-2005, Accreditation Commission, Working Group for Chemistry
  • 1995-2003, Commission for Awards, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports
  • 1999-2005, Council of the Research Centers Programme
  • 1983-2006, Czech National Committee for Chemistry (1990-2001, Chairman)

Membership in international organizations and societies

  • 1990-present, Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, London
  • 1978-present, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (member of a number of committees and commissions; 1985-1991, Chairman of commission)
  • 1986-present, International Symposia on Polymer Analysis and Characterization, USA, Governing Board Member
  • 1990-present, American Chemical Society
  • 1999-present, Society of Chemical Industry, UK
  • member, editorial boards of six international journals

Notable awards

  • 1970, National Prize for Science
  • 1977, Prize of CSAS
  • 1983, Silver Medal, Faculty of Natural Science, Charles University
  • 1997, Gold Medal, Brno University of Technology
  • 2000, J. Heyrovský Honorary Medal (for merit in the chemical sciences, AS CR)
  • 2000, Doctor honoris causa, University of Pardubice
  • 2002, Gold Memorial Medal, Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology
  • 2005, IUPAC-Samsung Education Prize
  • 2006, Emil Votoček Medal for merit in development of science and technology, ICT Prague
  • 2007, Medal of Honour "De scientia et humanitate optime meritis", AS CR

Selected publications

  • M. Netopilík, P. Kratochvíl: Polystyrene-equivalent molecular weight versus true molecular weight in size-exclusion chromatography. Polymer 44, 3431 (2003)
  • P. Kratochvíl, J. Stejskal: Chemical heterogeneity of copolymers and its characterization. Polimery 46, 761 (2001)
  • Z. Tuzar, P. Kratochvíl: Micelles of block and graft copolymers in solutions. Surface and Colloid Science 15, 1 (1993)
  • P. Kratochvíl: Classical light scattering from polymer solutions. Polymer Science Library, Vol.5, Amsterdam, Elsevier 1987
  • Z. Tuzar, P. Kratochvíl: Block and graft copolymer micelles in solution. Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. 6, 201 (1976)
  • P. Kratochvíl: Particle scattering functions. In Light Scattering from Polymer Solutions. London, Academic Press 1972, pp 333-384
  • Z. Tuzar, P. Kratochvíl: Light scattering. XVIII. The behaviour of polymers in mixed solvents. Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 32, 3358 (1967)

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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.