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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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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.