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Zahradník Rudolf

Prof., Ing., DrSc., Dr.h.c.mult.
Born October 20, 1928 in Bratislava

  • Physical chemistry, quantum chemistry
  • Member of Learned Society since 1994 (Founding member)
  • First President of LS 1994–1997

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1952, graduate, Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague;
  • 1956, CSc. Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (CSAS), Prague;
  • 1968, DrSc. (CSAS);
  • 1967, Associate Professor, Faculty of Sciences, Charles University (FS CU);
  • 1989, Full Professor of physical chemistry, FS CU.

Employment and academic positions:

  • Head, Department of Applied Quantum Chemistry, J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry (HIPC), CSAS, a number of years; later head of the group on theory of chemical reactivity at HIPCl
  • 1990-1993, Director, J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic (AS CR);
  • 1993-2001, President, AS CR;
  • 2001, elected honorary president of AS CR;
  • 2001-present, resumed work in theoretical chemistry at Heyrovský Institute;
  • 1965-1990, visiting professor at eleven institutions: University of Giessen, University of Würzburg, Institute of Technology, Darmstadt, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, (all in FRG); University of Leipzig (GDR); University of Groningen, the Netherlands; University of Basel, Switzerland; University of Texas at Austin, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. (both USA); and University of Osaka, Sendai University (both Japan).

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • 1982, Member, International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences
  • 1982, Fellow, World Association of Theoretical Organic Chemists
  • 1992, Member, European Academy of Arts, Science and Literature (Paris)
  • 1994, Member, European Academy for Environmental Affairs
  • 1994, Corresponding member, Croatian Academy of Sciences
  • 1995, Founding member, Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic (Prague)
  • 1997, Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Salzburg)
  • 2000, Member, Academia Europaea (London)

Notable awards:

  • 1946, Junák (Boy Scout) bronze cross (1939-1945)
  • 1987, Honorary member, Chemical Society of German Democratic Republic (GDR)
  • 1988, Honorary member, Swiss Chemical Society
  • 1989, Medal, Slovak Institute of Technology, Bratislava
  • 1990, J. Heyrovský Gold Plaque (for contributions to the chemical sciences)
  • 1992, Votoček Medal, Institute of Chemical Technology (Prague)
  • 1993, Dr.rer.nat.h.c., Technical University (Dresden)
  • 1993, Dr.h.c., University of Fribourg
  • 1994, Dr.h.c., Technical University of Pardubice
  • 1994, Gold Medal, SAS (for chemistry)
  • 1995, Gold Medal, Charles University (Prague)
  • 1996, Dr.h.c., Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  • 1996, Marin Drinov Medal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1998, Dr.h.c., Charles University
  • 1998, Dr.h.c., Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY)
  • 1998, Medal, J.M. Marci Spectroscopical Society
  • 1998, Silver Medal, Capital City of Prague
  • 1998, State Award, Czech Republic (for contributions to scientific and social activities)
  • 1998, Honorary Citizen of City of Třeboň
  • 1998, Austrian Honorary Cross Class I (Vienna) (for the sciences and the arts)
  • 1999, Order „Pro ecclesia et pontifice,“ Pope John Paul II
  • 1999, Gold Medal, Slovak Chemical Society
  • 2000, Dr.h.c., Comenius University (Bratislava)
  • 2000, Honorary Member, Association of German Chemists
  • 2000, Josef Hlávka Medal
  • 2002, Dr.h.c., University of Waterloo (Canada)
  • 2002, Honorary Citizen of Capital City of Prague
  • 2003, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (awarded by the Premier of the Government of the Republic of France)

Selected publications:

  • Zahradník R.: An Attempt of Calculating the Taft´s Constants s*. Nature 184, 1865 (1959)
  • Zahradník R., Chvapil M.: Study of the Relationship between the magnitude of Biological Activity and the Structure of Aliphatic Compounds. Experientia 16, 511 (1960)
  • Zahradník R., Michl J., Koutecký J.: Fluoranthene-like Hydrocarbons: MOLCAO Study of Electronic Spectra, Charge-transfer Spectra and Polarographic Reduction. J. Chem. Soc. 4998 (1963)
  • Zahradník R.: Electronic Structure of Heterocyclic Sulfur Compounds. Advances In Heterocyclic Chem., Vol. 5 (A. Katritzky, Ed.). Academic Press, New York 1965, p. 1
  • Zahradník R.: Elektronenstruktur und Eigenschaften nicht-alternierender Kohlen-wasserstoffe. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 4, 1039 (1965)
  • Čársky P., Zahradník R.: MO Approach to Electronic Spectra of Radicals. Topics Curr. Chem. 43, 1 (1973)
  • Čársky P., Zahradník R.:  Ab Initio Calculations and Absolute Rate Theory. Critical test for a Series of Elementary Gas-Phase Reactions. Int. J. Quantum Chem. XVI, 243 (1979)
  • Hobza P., Zahradník R.: Intermolecular Interactions between Medium-Sized Systems. Nonempirical and Empirical Calculations of Interaction Energies: Successes and Failures. Chem. Rev. 88, 871 (1988)
  • Fabian J., Zahradník R.: Auf der Suche nach tieffarbigen organischen Verbindungen. Angew. Chem. 101, 693 (1989); Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 28, 677 (1989)
  • Zahradník R., Šroubková L.: Estimates of Quantum Chemical Molecular Characteristics for Complete Basis Sets. Isr. J. Chem. 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.