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Matoušek Jiří

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born 10 March 1963 in Prague

  • Discrete mathematics and theoretical informatics
  • Member of Learned Society since 2006

Education and Professional Preparation:

  • Undergraduate studies, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University in Prague, 1981-1986
  • Internal postgraduate studies, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, 1987
  • External postgraduate studies, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, 1987-1991


  • Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University (University lecturer 1987-1995, Assistant Professor 1995-2000, full Professor 2000- )
  • 1991 (January-June), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga, visiting Professor
  • 1992, Humboldt Fellowship, Freie University in Berlin

Significant Awards

  • 1986 - Award of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences
  • 1996 - Award of the 2nd European Congress of Mathematics for Young Mathematicians

Selection of Publications

  • J. Matoušek, M. Sharir, E. Welzl: A subexponential bound for linear programming, Algorithmica 16 (1996) 498-516
  • J. Matoušek: Improved upper bounds for approximation by zonotopes, Acta Mathematica 177 (1996) 55-73
  • J. Matoušek: Lectures on Discrete Geometry, Graduate Texts in Mathematics Volume 212, 481pp, Springer, New York, 2002 
  • J. Matoušek: Using the Borsuk-Ulam theorem. Lectures on topological methods in combinatorics and geometry, Universitext, Springer, Berlin etc., 196pp, 2003
  • J. Matoušek: Geometric Discrepancy. An Illustrated Guide, 288 pp, Springer-Verlag, Berlin etc., 1999. 
  • J. Matoušek: Construction of epsilon-nets, Discr. Comput. Geom. 5 (1990) 427-448
  • J. Matoušek, J. Spencer: Discrepancy in arithmetic progressions, J. Amer. Math. Soc. 9,1 (1996) 195-204
  • J. Matoušek: On the chromatic number of Kneser hypergraphs, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 130 (2002), 2509-2514
  • I. Bárány, J. Matoušek: A Fractional Helly theorem for convex lattice sets, Adv. Math. 174 (2003) 227-235
  • M. Kiwi, M.Loebl, J. Matoušek: Expected length of the longest common subsequence for large alphabets, Adv. Math. 197 (2005) 480-498

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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.