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Palouš Jan

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born 31st October 1949 in Prague

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Member of Learned Society since 2008

Education and professional carreer

  • 1967–1972 Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University: MA
  • 1972–1977 Astronomical Institute, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences CSc. (equiv. PhD) Thesis: The Spiral Structure of Galaxies: Theory versus Observation, supervisor Prof. L. Perek
  • 1993 – Doctoral Dissertation: „Star Formation in Galaxies“
  • 1994 – Habilitation: Motion and Evolution in Galaxies“ Ass.Prof. at the Charles University
  • 2001 full professor of Astronomy and Astrophysiocs at the Charles University in Prague

Employment and academic positions

  • 1972–1977: Astronomical Institute, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, PhD student
  • 1977–1989: Astronomical Institute, research fellow
  • 1989: senior research fellow
  • 1996–2004: Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic – director
  • 2005–2013: member of the Council of the Academz of Sciences of the Czech Republic


  • 1993–1996: member of the Coucil of the Academy of Sciences
  • 2005–2013: President of the Council for Internationa Affairs, member of the Coucil of the Academz of Sciences
  • member of the Czech Astronomical Society
  • member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

Notable awards

  • 2007 Asteroid #31109 named „Jan Palouš“
  • 2014 Ernst Mach medal of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republuic
  • 2015 Award of the Academy of Sciences for scientific results „Star Formation in Galaxies“

Selected publications

  1. Palouš, J.; Wünsch, R.; Tenorio-Tagle, G: On the Onset of Secondary Stellar Generations in Giant Star-forming Regions and Massive Star Clusters
  2. Sidorin, V.; Douglas, K. A.; Palouš, J.; Wünsch, R.; Ehlerová, S.: Exploring GLIMPSE bubble N107. Multiwavelength observations and simulations
  3. Palouš, Jan; Wünsch, Richard; Martínez-González, Sergio; Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, Filiberto; Silich, Sergiy; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo: Young Stellar Clusters with a Schuster Mass Distribution. I. Stationary Winds
  4. Jáchym, P.; Kenney, J. D. P.; Růžička, A.; Sun, M.; Combes, F.; Palouš, J.: Search for cold and hot gas in the ram pressure stripped Virgo dwarf galaxy IC 3418
  5. Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, Filiberto; Palouš, Jan; Wünsch, Richard; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Silich, Sergiy: On the Fate of the Matter Reinserted within Young Nuclear Stellar Clusters
  6. Ehlerová, S.; Palouš, J.: HI shells in the Leiden/Argentina/Bonn HI survey
  7. Wünsch, R.; Jáchym, P.; Sidorin, V.; Ehlerová, S.; Palouš, J.; Dale, J.; Dawson, J. R.; Fukui, Y.: The Carina Flare. What can fragments in the wall tell us?
  8. Wünsch, Richard; Silich, Sergiy; Palouš, Jan; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Muñoz-Tuñón, Casiana: Evolution of Super Star Cluster Winds with Strong Cooling
  9. Dale, James E.; Wünsch, Richard; Smith, Rowan J.; Whitworth, Anthony; Palouš, Jan: The fragmentation of expanding shells - III. Oligarchic accretion and the mass spectrum of fragments
  10. Růžička, Adam; Theis, Christian; Palouš, Jan: Rotation of the Milky Way and the Formation of the Magellanic Stream
  11. Wünsch, R.; Dale, J. E.; Palouš, J.; Whitworth, A. P.:The fragmentation of expanding shells - II. Thickness matters
  12. Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, Filiberto; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Wünsch, Richard; Silich, Sergiy; Palouš, Jan: On the Hydrodynamic Interplay Between a Young Nuclear Starburst and a Central Supermassive Black Hole
  13. Silich, Sergiy; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Muñoz-Tuñón, Casiana; Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, Filiberto; Wünsch, Richard; Palouš, Jan: On the Extreme Positive Star Formation Feedback Condition in Scuba Sources

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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.