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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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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.