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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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