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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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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.


The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic has appealed to the Hungarian President to support academic freedom

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.


The loss of Learned Society Fellow prof. Josef Koutecký

We regret to inform that prof. Josef Koutecký, a fellow of the Learned Society, a renowned physician and the founder of paediatric oncology in this country, passed away on 5 July 2019 at the age of 88. He founded paediatric oncology here in 1964 and a separate paediatric oncology department was then established at the Faculty Hospital in Motol, Prague in 1978.