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Petrusek Miloslav

Prof., PhDr., CSc.
Born October 15, 1936

  • Sociology
  • Member of Learned Society since 1998

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1954-1959, Faculty of Philosophy, University in Brno (philosophy and history)

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1965-present, briefly in Zlín (then Gottwaldov), then Prague, engaged in sociology (with enforced interruptions), university teacher and scientific worker;
  • 1991-1997, established Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSS CU); Dean there twice;
  • Vice-Rector, Charles University (CU) (one term);
  • Currently, Professor of sociology, Institute of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, CU

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • Chairman, Council for Doctoral Studies;
  • Guarantor of BA and MA cycles of study of sociology, FSS CU;
  • Member, Scientific Council of FSS CU

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Foreign member, Polish Sociological Society
  • 1994, Member, Russian Academy of the Social Sciences

Notable awards:

  • 1997, Gold Medal (for service to Charles University)
  • 1998, Jubilee Medal, CU
  • 1998, Award, Rector, CU (or the Large Dictionary of Sociology)
  • 2003, Order of the Knights of Academic Palm (France)

Selected publications:

  • P. Machonin et al.: Československá společnost - Sociologická analýza sociální stratifikace (Czech society - Sociological Analysis of Social Stratification). Epocha, Bratislava 1969 (co-author)
  • Sociometrie - teorie, metoda, techniky (Sociometry - Theory, Methods, Techniques). Svoboda, Prague 1969
  • Malý sociologický slovník (Small Dictionary of Sociology). Svoboda, Prague 1970; Bratislava 1970 (editor and author of a number of entries)
  • Alternativa - Úvahy o postavení sociologie v nealternativní společnosti (Alternative - Considerations on the Position of Sociology in a Nonalternative Society). Originally published illegally under pseudonym “Petr Grňa,” 1986; legally published by KOS, Prague 1992
  • Sociologie a literatura (Sociology and Literature). Čs. spisovatel, Prague 1990
  • Teorie a metoda v moderní sociologii (Theory and Method in Modern Sociology). Karolinum, Prague 1993
  • Sociologické školy, směry, paradigmata (Sociological Schools, Directions and Paradigms). SLON, Prague 1994 (editor and co-author)
  • Sociologie, literatura a politika (Sociology, Literature and Politics). Karolinum, Prague 1996 (co-author with Josef Alan)
  • Velký sociologický slovník (Large Dictionary of Sociology). Karolinum, Prague 1996 (conception, head of editorial board and author of more than 200 entries)
  • T. G. Masaryk: filosofija – sociologija – politika (T. G. Masaryk: Philosophy, Sociology, Politics). Izbrannyje těksty. Izd. Rossijskogo universitěta Družby narodov, Moscow 2003, 663 pp. Compiled by M. Petrusek and N. P. Narbut. Introductory study M. Petrusek and N. P. Narbut (pp. 8-34)

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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.