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Špirko Vladimír

Ing., DrSc.
Born January 12, 1942

  • Theoretical chemistry, molecular spectroscopy
  • Member of Learned Society since 2003

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1959-1964, Faculty of Technical and Nuclear Physics, Czech Technical University, Prague (Ing. 1964);
  • 1964-1967, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague;
  • 1968, CSc; 1990, DrSc.;
  • 1972-1973, Exchange Fellow, The Royal Society-CSAS (University of Aberdeen, Scotland).

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1967-2003, J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry CSAS (AS CR), Prague;
  • 2004, Senior Scientist, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, AS CR;
  • 1995, Adjunct Professor, University of Waterloo (Canada);
  • 1981-1982, Visiting Research Officer, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa;
  • 1984-2002, Visiting Professor, Max-Planck Institut für Astrophysik, Garching (Germany);
  • 1988-1992, Visiting Professor, University of Aarhus (Aarhus, Denmark); 1991, Visiting Professor, University of Exeter (England));
  • 1992-1995, 1998, Visiting Professor, University of Waterloo (Canada);
  • 1996, Visiting Professor, Bergische Universität, Wuppertal (Germany);
  • 1998-9, Visiting Professor, University of Michigan, East Lansing (USA);
  • 1999, 2002, Visiting Professor, Jackson State University (Michigan, USA).

Notable awards:

  • 1996, Award, Markus Marci Spectroscopic Society
  • 1997, Award, Learned Society
  • 1998, Award, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport (for science)

Selected publications:

  • V. Špirko: Vibrational Anharmonicity and the Inversion Potential Function of NH3. J. Mol. Spectrosc. 101, 30 (1983)
  • V. Špirko, W. P. Kraemer, A. Čejchan: Vibrational Dynamics of Hydrogen Bonds. J. Mol. Spectrosc. 136, 340 (1989)
  • V. Špirko, J. Čížek: Nonadiabatic Corrections for Coupled Oscillators Usány Rayleigh-Schroedinger Perturbation Theory of Very Large Orders. J. Chem. Phys. 102, 8906 (1995)
  • V. Špirko, J. Šponer, P. Hobza: Anharmonic and Harmonic Intermolecular Vibrational Modes of the DNA Base Pairs. J. Chem. Phys. 106, 1472 (1997)
  • P. Jungwirth, V. Špirko: Double Tunneling-An Overlooked Quantum Effect in Anionic Molecular Clusters. Phys. Rev. Letters 84, 1140 (2000)
  • F. Mrugala, V. Špirko, W. P. Kraemer: Radiative Association of HeH2+. J. Chem. Phys. 118, 10547 (2003)

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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.