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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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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.