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Grygar Jiří

RNDr., CSc.
Born March 17, 1936 in Pruský Jindřichov
(Heinersdorf; now Dziewietlice)

  • Astronomy, astrophysics
  • Member of Learned Society since 1994 (Founding Member)
  • Member, Council of LS 1998-2002
  • President of LS 2004-present

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1954, graduated, eleven-year school, Brno-Husovice;
  • 1954-1957, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University;
  • 1957-1959, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University;
  • 1963, CSc., Institute of Astronomy, CSAS;
  • 1967, RNDr., CU

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1959-1962, post-graduate student, Institute of Astronomy CSAS, Ondřejov;
  • 1963-1980, scientist, Stellar Department, Institute of Astronomy, CSAS;
  • 1980-1991, scientist, Department of Low-Temperature Physics, Institute of Physics, CSAS, Řež;
  • 1991-present, scientist, Section of Elementary Particles, Institute of Physics, AS CR

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1991-1993, Chairman, Scientific Council, Grant Agency of AS CR
  • 1992-1998, Chairman, Czech Astronomical Society
  • 1993-2001, Member, Council for Sciences of AS CR
  • 1993-present, Vice-Chairman, Council for Promotion of Science of AS CR
  • 1998-present, Member, Steering Committee, Council of Czech Scientific Societies
  • 2004-present, Honorary Chairman, Czech Astronomical Society

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies:

  • 1967, Member, International Astronomical Union (IAU)
  • 1967, Member, IAU Commission 42 (Close Binaries)
  • 1972-1981, Member, IAU Subcommission on Bibliography of Close Binaries
  • 1972, Member, IAU Commission 27 (Variable Stars)
  • 1991, Founding Member, European Astronomical Society (EAS)
  • 2001-present, Vice-President, European Council of Sceptical Organisations (ECSO)

Notable awards:

  • 1983, Prize, Promotion of Science, CSAS
  • 1984, Prize, television series „Windows of the Universe Wide Open“, Czechoslovak Television
  • 1989, Honorary Member, Czechoslovak Astronomical Society
  • 1992, Kisch Prize for book Stopping Points in the Universe, Obec spisovatelů, Prague
  • 1994, Prize, Promotion of Science, AS CR
  • 1996, Asteroid No. 3336 designated „Grygar“ by IAU, Paris
  • 1996, Kalinga Prize, Popularization of Science, UNESCO, Paris-New Delhi
  • 1997, Prize, personage „outside the walls“, Masaryk University, Universitatis Masarykiana Foundation, Brno
  • 2001, Honorary Member, Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists
  • 2003, Littera Astronomica Prize, series of general articles, „Harvest of Discoveries“ (1966-2001), Czech Astronomical Society
  • 2003, Fischer lecture, Scientific Council of Palacký University, Olomouc

Selected publications:

  • D. Chochol, C. J. van Houten, K. K. Kwee, T. Pribulla, J. Grygar: Analysis of multicolour light curves of southern eclipsing binaries GW Car, V685 Cen, V742 Cen and V746 Sco. Contr. Astron. Obs. Skalnaté Pleso 33, 107 (2003)
  • R. Komžík, A. Ulla, D. Chochol, J. Grygar: Detection of the secondary minima in TX UMa. Inform. Bull. Var. Stars No. 5155 (2001)
  • P. Schovánek, J. Křepelka, M. Hrabovský, M. Palatka, M. Vlček, L. Soukup, L. Jastrabík, J. Řídký, J. Grygar, M. Boháčová: Optical filters designed for the fluorescence detector of the AUGER project with transmittance in the range of 300 nm to 420 nm. Proc. SPIE 4356, 213 (2001)
  • D. Chochol, J. Grygar, T. Pribulla, R. Komžík, L. Hric, V. Elkin: The expansion of the envelope of Nova V1974 Cyg and the distance problem. Astron. Astrophys. 318, 908 (1997).
  • J. Grygar: The role of space-based observations in astrophysical research. Amer. Inst. Phys Conference Proc. 245, 219 (1992)
  • J. Grygar, L. Hric, R. Komžík, Z. Šíma: Direct detection of the secondary spectrum of the interacting eclipsing binary TX UMa. Astrophys. Space. Sci. 185, 189 (1991)
  • J. Grygar: The phenomenon of novae in contemporary astrophysics. Scientia 116, 295 (1981)
  • J. Grygar, L. Hric, D. Chochol, A. Mammano: The symbiotic variable V 1329 Cygni (= HBV 475) - a decade after its discovery. Bul. Astron. Inst. Czechosl. 30, 308 (1979)
  • J. Grygar, M. L. Cooper, I. Jurkevich: Limb darkening problem in eclipsing binaries. Bull. Astron. Inst. Czechosl. 23, 147 (1972)
  • J. Grygar, J. Smolinski, J. B. Hutchings: The transition stage spectrum of Nova Serpentis 1970. Publ. Astron. Soc. Pacific 83, 15 (1971)

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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.