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Perek Luboš

Assoc. Prof., RNDr., DrSc., dr. h.c.
Born on July 26, 1919

  • Astronomy, galactic dynamics and space activities
  • Member of Learned Society since 1999

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1945, assistant lecturer, Institute of Mathematics, Czech Technical University, Prague;
  • 1952-1956, Associate Professor, Masaryk University (MU), Brno;
  • 1955-1967, Head, stellar department, Astronomical Institute, CSAS, Prague;
  • 1959, Visiting astronomer, Mt. Wilson and Palomar Observatories, California, USA;
  • 1964, Visiting Professor, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA;
  • 1968-1975, Director, Astronomical Institute, CSAS, Prague;
  • 1975-1980, Chief, Outer Space Affairs Division, United Nations Secretariat, New York;
  • 1980-present, head scientific worker, consultant, emeritus, Astronomical Institute AS CR.

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1983, Honorary member, Czechoslovak Astronomical Society
  • 1989-1992, Chairman, Czech Astronomical Society

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • 1954, Member, 1967-1970 secretary general, International Astronomical Union (IAU)
  • 1973-1976, President, IAU Commission on Galactic Structure and Dynamics
  • 1968-1970, Vice-President, International Council of Scientific Unions
  • 1970-1979, Chairman, ICSU Panel on World Data Centres
  • 1970, Associate Member, Royal Astronomical Society, London
  • 1975, Member, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
  • 1977, Member, International Institute of Space Law (from 1996 member, Board of Directors
  • 1977, Member, International Academy of Astronautics (member Board of Trustees 1978-1982)
  • 1980-1982, President, International Astronautical Federation (IAF) (1990-1992 Co-chairman International Program Committee; since 2003 consultant to IAF President)
  • 1986, Member (1994 honorary member) Academie Nationale de l’Air et de l’Espace, Toulouse, France
  • 1992, founding member, European Astronomical Society

Notable awards:

  • 1969, Medal, Université de Liege
  • 1971, Kepler Medal, Czechoslovak Astronomical Society
  • 1980, T. Hagecius de Hajek Medal, CS Astronomical Society
  • 1981, Nagy Ernö Medal, Hungarian Astronomical Society
  • 1982, Medal, University of Zagreb
  • 1982, Medal, City of Paris
  • 1986, Medal, College de Paris
  • 1992, Prix Janssen, Société Astronomique de France
  • 1999, Doctor honoris causa, MU
  • 1999, Nušl Award, Czech Astronomical Society.

Selected publications:

  • Distribution of Mass in the Galactic System. Comm. Astr. Inst. Masaryk Univ. 1, No. 6, 1948
  • Untersuchung von Sternen mit hyperbolischen Geschwindigkeiten. Astron. Nachrichten, Vol. 283, 213, 1956
  • Distribution of Mass in Oblate Stellar Systems. Adv. in Astronomy and Astroph. 11, 165, 1961
  • Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae (with L. Kohoutek). Academia, Prague 1967
  • Physics, Uses and Regulation of the Geostationary Orbit. Proc. 20th Coll. on the Law of Outer Space, Amer. Inst of Astronomy and Astronautics, 1978
  • Delimitation of Air Space and Outer Space. Proc. Symp. on Earth Oriented Act and their Legal Implications, McGill University Montreal, Canada, Oct. 1981, p. 275
  • Traffic Rules for Outer Space. Proc. 25th Coll. on the Law of Outer Space, AIAA, 1983, p. 37
  • Space Debris as an Issue for the International Community. 8th ISTS Tokyo, 1992
  • Space Debris at the United Nations, Space Debris, Vol. 2, p.123-136, 2002
  • Basic Problems in Space Traffic. Proc. 46th Coll. on the Law of Outer Space, AIAA p. 322-331, 2004
  • Space Debris Mitigation and Prevention: How to build a stronger international regime, Astropolitics 2, 215-226, 2004

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20.05.19

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.

19.05.19

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.

07.05.19

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.