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Vokrouhlický David

prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born May 7, 1966 in Jaroměř

  • astronomy, planetary science
  • member of Learned Society since 2011

Educational and professional preparation

  • MSc in Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 1989.
  • PhD (candidate of sciences) in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 1992.
  • French ministry postdoctoral fellow at Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Grasse, 1992-1993.
  • Henri Poincaré postdoctoral fellow at Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Grasse, 1994-1995.
  • Visiting researcher at the University of Pisa, 1999.
  • Sabbatical visit at Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, 2005-2007.

Employment and academic positions

  • Assistant professor at the Astronomical Institute of Charles University, Prague, 1992-2000.
  • Associate professor at the Astronomical Institute of Charles University, Prague, 2000-2009.
  • Professor at the Astronomical Institute of Charles University, Prague, 2009-till present.

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies

  • Member of the International Astronomical Union (since 1994).

Notable awards

  • Milan Odehnal prize (1992; Czechoslovak Mathematicians and Physicists Society).
  • Learned Society of the Czech Republic prize (1996; Learned Society).
  • Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (1997; Berlin-Brandenburg Academy Sciences).
  • Asteroid 7631 named Vokrouhlicky (1999; International Astronomical Union).
  • Bernard Bolzano prize (2000; Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University).
  • Annual prize of rector of Charles University (2008; Charles University).
  • Strouhal lecture (2009; Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University).

Selected publications

  • Pravec, P.; Vokrouhlický, D.; Polishook, D.; and 23 colleagues: Asteroid pairs formed by rotational fission. Nature, 466 (2010) 1085.
  • Bottke, W.F.; Vokrouhlický, D.; Nesvorný, D.: An asteroid breakup 160 Myr ago as the probable source of the K/T impactor. Nature, 449 (2007) 48.
  • Taylor, P.A.; Margot, J.-L.; Vokrouhlický, D.; and 9 colleagues: Spin rate of asteroid (54509) 2000 PH5 increasing due to the YORP effect. Science, 316 (2007) 274.
  • Bottke, W.F., Vokrouhlický, D.; Rubincam, D.P.; Nesvorný, D.: The Yarkovsky and YORP effects: Implications for asteroid dynamics. Ann. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci., 34 (2006) 157.
  • Nesvorný, D.; Vokrouhlický, D.; Bottke, W.F.: A main belt asteroid break-up 450 ky ago. Science, 312 (2006) 1490.
  • Farley, K.A.; Vokrouhlický, D.; Bottke, W.F.; Nesvorný, D.: A late Miocene dust shower produced from the breakup of an asteroid in the main belt. Nature, 439 (2006) 295.
  • Chesley, S.R.; Ostro, S.J.; Vokrouhlický, D.; and 7 colleagues: Direct detection of the Yarkovsky effect via radar ranging to near-Earth asteroid 6489 Golevka. Science, 302 (2003) 1739.
  • Vokrouhlický, D.; Nesvorný, D.; Bottke, W.F.: The vector alignments of asteroid spins by thermal torques. Nature, 425 (2003) 147.
  • Bottke, W.F.; Vokrouhlický, D.; Brož, M.; Nesvorný, D.; Morbidelli, A.: Dynamical spreading of asteroid families via the Yarkovsky effect: The Koronis family and beyond. Science, 294 (2001) 1693.
  • Vokrouhlický, D.; Farinella, P.: Efficient delivery of meteorites to the Earth from a wide range of asteroid parent bodies. Nature, 407 (2000) 606.
  • Farinella, P.; Vokrouhlický, D.: Semimajor axis mobility of asteroidal fragments. Science, 283 (1999) 1507.

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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.