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Kejř Jiří

Assoc. Prof., JUDr., DrSc
Born August 28, 1921 in Prague

  • History of law
  • Member of Learned Society since1998
  • Member, LS Council, 2002-2004

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1940, graduation, Nový Bydžov academic secondary school;
  • 1941-42, graduation, Business Academy, Prague Vinohrady;
  • 1945-48, Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague;
  • 1948, JUDr.;
  • 1958, Candidate, legal sciences, Institute for the State and Law, CSAS;
  • 1993, Associate Professor in Czech history, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University;
  • 1999, Doctor of historical sciences, Institute of History, AS CR.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1940-1941 and 1942-1943, clerk brewery, Obora, District of Nový Bydžov;
  • 1943-1944, economic volunteer, Šlechtitelské podniky von Dreger, Chlumec nad Cidlinou;
  • November 1944-to war’s end, sick leave;
  • 1948-1949, notary candidate;
  • 1949-1952, external co-operation with several scientific institutions;
  • 1952-1985, scientific worker, CSAS;
  • 1952-1956, Cabinet, History of Law in CSR;
  • 1956-1972, Institute of State and Law, CSAS;
  • 1973-1985, Commission for Research of Manuscripts, Central Archives, CSAS;
  • 1986-present, continued involvement in scientific work and publication activities

Membership and positions in international organizations:

  • 1971, Corresponding Member, Arbeitskreis für südwestdeustche Stadtgeschichtsforschung, Tübingen
  • 1980, Corresponding Member, Ősterreischischer Arbeitskreis für Stadtgeschichtsforschung, Linz
  • 1982, Honorary Member, Commission Internationale pour ľ Histoire des Villes, Bruxelles
  • 1992, Lifetime Member, Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio (Society for Medieval Canon Law), Zürich
  • 1987 Member, Collegium Carolinum, Munich
  • 1968-1992, Co-worker, Centre de Recherche et de Documentation des Institutions hrétiennes, Strasbourg

Notable awards:

  • 1985, Creative Premium of the Czech Literary Fund
  • 1985, Fellow Commoner, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
  • 1993, František Palacký Medal of AS CR
  • 1995, Forschungspreis, Alexander von Humboldt, Stiftung, Bonn
  • 1998, International Man of the Year 1997-1998, Biographical Centre, Cambridge
  • 1999, Commander, Order of St. Silvester the Pope, Vatican
  • 2001, Annual Award of the Vyšehrad Publishing House
  • 2003, Medal De scientia et humanitate optime meritis, AS CR

Selected publications:

  • Magistri Iohannis Hus Quastiones (Corpus Christianorum, t. 205), Turnhout, 2004
  • Summae Confessorum and Other Works pro foro Interno in the Manuscripts of Czech and Moravian Libraries, 2003
  • The Hus Process, 2000
  • The Formation of the Municipal Establishment in the Czech Lands, 1998
  • The History of the Prague Law University, 1995
  • The Hussites, 1984
  • Quodlibet Disputations at Prague University, 1971
  • The Hussite Lawyer M. Jan of Jesenice, 1965
  • Legal Life in Hussite Kutná Hora, 1958 (second edition, 2002)
  • The Beginning of Court Justice, 1956

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Luboš Perek is celebrating his 100th year

Founding fellow of the Learned Society and its doyen, astronomer doc. RNDr. Luboš Perek, DrSc, is celebrating his 100th birthday on 26 July 2019. He is an indelible part of history as the person who helped define cosmic space, he was the first to point out the issue of cosmic waste and was also a teacher to the most important Czechoslovak astronomers. Let us express our respect and admiration of the extraordinary scientific career of a person who worked tirelessly and continues to work. The Learned Society wishes Mr Perek health, optimism and joy in the oncoming years.


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On Friday 19 July the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Learned Society of the Czech Republic sent a letter to Hungarian President János Ánder, in which they state their concerns regarding the situation in respect to management and funding of scientific activities in Hungary. An act, according to which not the Academy of Sciences, but a thirteen-member political committee, will decide on research, funding of scientific activities and establishment or closure of scientific workplaces, will come into force on 1 September.


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