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Czech scientists are currently involved in many teams that have been working on the development of key technologies. Czech chemists in particular are among the best in the world, and their reputation and results are highly regarded. So who are today’s men and women of science that surprise the world with their hard work and accomplishments?


RNDr. Antonín Holý, DrSc. 

Discipline: Chemistry

It can be said that prof. RNDr. Antonín Holý, DrSc. is one of the big names of Czech contemporary science, who links the legacy of prominent Czech scientists from the second half of the 20th century with the new, incoming generation, which is now firmly tied to scientific life all over the world and in particular in Europe.Holý was a student and follower of František Šorm, the founder of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the ASCR.

Holý, the author of more than 400 scientific works and 60 patents, is the most quoted Czech scientist of recent years. His biochemistry lab has produced several antiviral substances that formed the basis for new drugs. The drugs against AIDS and Hepatitis type B are particularly well-known. Holý has received many awards at home and abroad. In 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Descartes Award of the EU for his anti-AIDS drug.

Prof. RNDr. Helena Illnerová , DrSc.

Discipline: Physiology

The main field of her professional interest is the time schedules of mammals including man , which means the control and molecular mechanisms of circadian, or daily, and seasonal rhythms and their synchronisation with the actual day. She has published over 100 articles in renowned magazines , one monograph and several chapters in books, and, according to the ISI database (which publishes data significant for scientific research), the overall reaction to her work since 1981 has been over 2000.

She is a member of the Advisory Council of the U.S.-based Society for the Research of Biorhythms, the Committee of the Melatonin Club in France, a member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic , etc. She is regularly invited to give speeches and chair sections at numerous international conferences and symposia. Since 1989 examples of these have been the Gordon Conference (four times), the European Congress of Endocrinology (twice), the NIH and the Cold Spring Harbor Conference, etc.  

Prof. RNDr. František Šmahel , DrSc.

Discipline: Medieval history

He has written 18 books and several hundred studies (in foreign languages) and since 1990 he has worked as an editor for the Czech Journal of History. He is a visiting professor at AllSoulsCollege in Oxford, College de France, Katholische Universität Freiburgand others.

RNDr. Antonín Šimůnek , CSc

Discipline: Solid state physics

He works in the field of the theory of solid matters, their electronic and structural properties and their X-ray spectroscopy. He has published over 90 articles in magazines abroad.

He has been cooperating (joint publishing) for a long time with the following centers: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, Instytut Fizyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk Warszawa, Université P.et M. Curie Paris and Universität Wien. His biography has been included in the prestigious books Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in Science and Technology.

Ing. Blanka Wichterlová , DrSc.

Discipline: Physical chemistry

Blanka Wichterlová has been involved in the research of heterogeneous catalysis with a focus on the structural and particularly spectral analysis of solid matters and the illustration of relationships between their structure and activity/selectivity in acid and redox catalyzed reactions. She has published more than 150 scientific works, five patents and several overviews. In 1992, she was a consultant for the UNIDO project in India and in 2001-04 she coordinated an EU project in the area of redox catalysis.

RNDr. Márian Karlický , DrSc.

Discipline: Solar physics

Marian Karlický works in the area of solar eruptions and radio bursts and plasma astrophysics. He is the author of several numeric codes in this area, which he has used for solving a range of tasks in solar physics, such as the description of magnetic field reconnection and particle beam effects. He is also involved in the field of solar radio astronomy.

Ph.D. RNDr. Petr Hájek, CSc.

Discipline: Mathematics

Professor Petr Hájek is a world-renown scientist whose work has enriched human knowledge in the sphere of mathematics, influenced the direction of research in mathematical logic and had a fundamental practical impact for applications of artificial intelligence.

Professor Hájek is a member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic, Academia Europea, the Association for Symbolic Logic as well as many others. He also lectures at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University and the Technical University in Vienna (honorary professor). In 2006 the President of the Czech Republic awarded Professor Hájek with the Medal for Service to the State at a ceremony on the country’s national day, October 28.



Added: 01.01.2010

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