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Spunar Pavel

Prof., PhDr., CSc.
Born May 21, 1928 in Prague

  • Theory and history of culture
  • Member of Learned Society since 1996

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1947, graduated, academic secondary school, Prague-Bubeneč;
  • 1947-1952, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University;
  • 1949, second state examination, Library Courses, FP, CU;
  • 1952, PhDr.; 1967, CSc.;
  • 1992, Associate Professor, FP, Masaryk University, Brno;
  • 1995, Professor, theory and history of culture, FP MU.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1952, Librarian, Museum of Czech Literature, Prague;
  • 1953, Cabinet of Philological Documentation, CSAS;
  • 1954-1961, Institute for Czech Literature, CSAS;
  • 1962-1989, Cabinet for Greek, Roman and Latin Studies, CSAS;
  • 1990-2002, Cabinet for Classical Studies, AS CR;
  • 2003, Foreign Language Institute, Brno, Institute for Classical Studies, AS CR

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1990-1998, Deputy Director, Institute for Classical Studies, AS CR;
  • 1994-1998, Chairman, Council of the Fund for Publishing of Scientific Literature, AS CR;
  • 1998-2000, Vice-Chairman, Editorial Board, AS CR;
  • 1995-2000, Vice-Chairman, Academic Evaluation Committee;
  • 1994, Editor-in-chief, Religio;
  • 1998, Member, Scientific Council, FP MU.

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • 1956, Comité international de la paléographie latine, Paris
  • 1961, Centre international de codicologie, Bruxelles

Notable awards:

  • 1986, Annual Award, Odeon Publishing House, Prague
  • 2003, Silver medal, Masaryk University
  • 2003, František Palacký Medal, AS CR

Selected publications:

  • P. Spunar: Ľ évolution et la fonction de la batârde en Bohéme et en Pologne. Studia źródloznawce 6, 1-19, tab. I-X, 1961.
  • F. M. Bartoš-P. Spunar: Soupis pramenů k literární činnosti M. Jana Husa a M. Jeronýma Pražského (A List of Sources for Literary Activity of M. Jan Hus and M. Jeroným Pražský) Prague, HÚ ČSAV 1965, 369 pp.
  • P. Spunar: Ein Beitrag zur Festlegung des Platzes Vyšehrader kodex in der Entwicklung der Schrieberkunst Mitteleuropas. Skriptorium (Bruxelles) 23, 13-23, 1969
  • P. Spunar et al.: Kultura středověku (Mediaeval Culture). Orbis, Prague 1972, 203 pp.; 2nd Ed., Academia 1995, 226 pp.
  • P. Spunar: Kultura českého středověku (Bohemian Mediaeval Culture). Odeon, Prague 1986, 557 pp., 310 figs.
  • D. Svobodová-P. Spunar: Smích a pláč středověku (Laughter and Tears of the Middle Ages). Odeon, Prague 1997, 269 pp.
  • P. Spunar: Repertorium auctorum Bohemorum provectum idearum post universitatem Pragensem conditam illustrans, I, Vratislaviae, Ossolineum 1985, 479 pp.; II, Warsowiae-Pragae 1995, 295 pp.

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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.