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Peřina Jan

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born November 11, 1936 in Městec Králové

  • Theory of coherence, quantum, statistical and nonlinear optics
  • Member of Learned Society since 1995

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1957, graduate, Higher electrotechnical industrial school, Prague;
  • 1960-1964, Faculty of Science, Palacký University (FS PU);
  • 1966, CSc. FS PU;
  • 1967, RNDr FS PU;
  • 1984, DrSc. Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University (FMP CU);
  • 1990, Professor in quantum electronics and optics, FS PU.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1959-1960, Project planner at Elektromontážní závody, Prague;
  • 1964-1990, professional and scientific worker, Optics Laboratory, FS PU, Joint Optics Laboratory, PU, and Institute of Physics (IP) Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences;
  • 1990, Head, Joint Optics Laboratory; 1990-1994, Head, Department of Optics FS PU;
  • 1990-present, Professor, Department of Optics FS PU also head scientific worker, Joint Optics Laboratory PU and IP AS CR.

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1965-present, Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists (physical science section);
  • 1990-present, member, Scientific Council FS PU;
  • 2001-present, member, Council for Sciences AS CR;
  • 1993-1997, Physics Commission, Grant Agency of Czech Republic;
  • 1990-1994, Accreditation Sub-Commission for Physics;
  • 1992-1996, Chairman, Czech and Slovak Section, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE);
  • 1985-1994, Czechoslovak Committee for Optics;
  • 1998-presen, member, Commission for Awarding Prizes by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS);
  • 1996-present, International Editorial Board, Czechoslovak Journal of Physics;
  • 1996-present, International Editorial Board, Jemná mechanika a optika (Fine Mechanics and Optics).

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies:

  • 1984, Fellow, Optical Society of America
  • 1990, American Physical Society
  • 1990, SPIE-International Society for Optical Engineering
  • 1987-1990, Vice-president, International Commission for Optics
  • 1987-1993A Commission for awarding the Galileo Medal (ICO)
  • International editorial boards: 1982-1990, Optics Letters , 1976-1991, Acta Physica Polonica, 1982-1998, Journal of Modern Optics (Optica Acta), 1993-1998, Quantum Optics, 1993-present, Progress in Optics, 1996-present, Acta Physica Slovaca, 2002-present, Optica Applicata

Notable, awards:

  • 1983, I. I. Rabi Award, Columbia University, New York
  • 1988, First Class Medal, Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists
  • 1991, Award, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports
  • 1996, Dionýz Ilkovič Gold Plaque, Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • 2001, Award, Statutory City of Olomouc
  • 2002, State Award (for merit Class I), President of the Czech Republic

Selected publications:

  • J. Peřina: Coherence of Light. Van Nostrand Reinhold, London, 1972; 2nd Edition, D. Reidel, Dordrecht-Boston 1985; Russian translation, Mir, Moscow 1974
  • J. Peřina: Photocount statistics of radiation propagating through random and nonlinear media, Progress in Optics, Vol. 18 (Ed. E. Wolf). North-Holland Amsterdam 1980, p. 127
  • J. Peřina: Quantum Statistics of Linear and Nonlinear Optical Phenomena. D. Reidel, Dordrecht-Boston, 1984; 2nd Edition, Kluwer, Dordrecht-Boston 1991; Russian translation Mir, Moscow 1987
  • J. Peřina, Z. Hradil, B. Jurčo: Quantum Optics and Fundamentals of Physics. Kluwer, Dordrecht-Boston 1994
  • V. Peřinová, A. Lukš, J. Peřina: Phase in Optics. World Scientific, Singapore 1998
  • J. Peřina, Jr., J. Peřina: Quantum statistics of nonlinear optical couplers, Progress in Optics, Vol. 41. (Ed. E. Wolf). Elsevier, Amsterdam 2000, p. 361
  • J. Fiurášek, J. Peřina: Quantum statistics of light propagating in nonlinear optical couplers, Coherence and Statistics of Photons and Atoms (Ed. J. Peřina). J. Wiley, New York 2001, p. 65
  • J. Peřina: Superposition of coherent and incoherent fields, Physics Letters 24A, 333 (1967)
  • L. Mišta, V. Peřinová, J. Peřina, Z. Braunerová: Quantum statistical properties of degenerated parametric amplification process, Acta Physica Polonica A 51, 793 (1977)
  • A. Luis, J. Peřina: Zeno effect in parametric down-conversion, Physical Review Letters 76, 4340 (1996)

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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.