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Komárek Jiří

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born May 28, 1931 in Brno

  • Member of Learned Society since 2004

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1941-1949, secondary school, Třebíč-Brno-Znojmo;
  • 1949-1951, Faculty of Natural Science, Masaryk University, Brno;
  • 1951-1953, Faculty of Natural Science, Charles University; graduated biologist (botany, specialisation in phycology);
  • 1953-1956, FNS MU, scientific post-graduate student, CU, CSc. cryptogamology, hydrobiology, specialization phycology);
  • 1968, RNDr.;
  • 1992, DrSc., CU;
  • 1993, Assistant Professor, MU;
  • 1996, Professorial procedure, Faculty of Biology, South Bohemian University in České Budějovice (SBU)

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1956-1961, CSAS, Hydrobiology Laboratory,
  • 1959-1960; 1961-1971, scientific worker, deputy head of laboratory, Institute of Microbiology (Třeboň), CSAS;
  • 1963-1966, 1966-1969, scientific worker, head of laboratory, head of scientific programme;
  • after 1969, removed from all positions;
  • 1971-1996, CSAS, Institute of Botany, Department of Hydrobotany (Třeboň) scientific worker with prohibition of holding a higher position and pedagogical activity to 1988;
  • 1988-1989, visiting professor at several universities in Japan and Canada;
  • 1989-1991, head, Algology Department, IB, AS CR;
  • 1991-present, head scientific worker (part time), Institute of Botany, Algology Department, AS CR;
  • 1991-present, Faculty of Biology, SBU;
  • 1991-1997, head, Department of Botany;
  • 1997-present, Professor of Phycology

Membership in domestic scientific bodies:

  • 2001-present, Scientific Council, Institute of Botany AS CR;
  • 1991-present, Scientific Council, FB SBU;
  • 2003-present, Member, Committee for Granting of the Title of Doctor of Science, AS CR

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • 1967-pesent, International Limnological Association;
  • 1976-present, International Association for Cyanophyte Research (member, IAC scientific committee);
  • 1982-present, International Phycological Society;
  • 1982-present, International Botanical Society (also member of nomenclature commission);
  • 1982-present, International Union for Bacteriological Science (also member, nomenclature commission for phototrophic bacteria);
  • 2000-2004, member of Steering Committees for two EU projects: MIDI-CHIP, CYANOFIX.

Notable awards:

  • 1989, J. E. Purkyně Gold Medal, AS CR
  • 1990, G. J. Mendel Gold Medal, AS CR
  • 2001, Holub Medal, Slovak Botanical Society
  • 2001, G.W. Prescott Award, American Phycological Society

Selected publications:

  • Komárek J. and Ludvík J.: Die Zellwandstruktur als taxonomisches Merkmal in der Gattung. Scenedesmus 1-2. Arch. Hydrobiol./Algolog. Studies, Stuttgart 5: 301-333, 6: 11-47. (1971-1972)
  • Komárek J., Fott B.: Chlorophyceae (Grünalgen), Ordnung Chlorococcales. In: Huber-Pestalozzi G. (Ed.): Das Phytoplankton des Süsswassers, Die Binnengewässer 16, 7/1: 1-1044, Schweizerbart Verlag, Stuttgart 1983
  • Anagnostidis K, Komárek J.: Modern approach to the classification system of cyanophytes 1,3,5. Arch. Hydrobiol./Algolog. Studies, Stuttgart, 38/39: 291-302,
    50/53: 327-472, 59: 1-73. (1985-1990)
  • Komárek J., Anagnostidis K.: Modern approach to the classification system of cyanophytes 2,4. Arch. Hydrobiol./Algolog. Studies, Stuttgart, 43: 157-226, 56: 247-345. (1986, 1989)
  • Komárek J. Anagnostidis K.: Cyanoprokaryota, 1.Teil: Chroococcales. In: Süsswasserflora von Mitteleuropa 19/1 (Ettl H., Gärtner G., Heynigh H. and Mollenhauer D. Eds.). Gustav Fischer, Jena-Stuttgart-Lübeck-Ulm, 1998, 548 pp.
  • Komárek J., Azevedo S. M. F. O., Domingos P., Komáreková J., Tichý M.: Background of the Caruaru tragedy: a case taxonomic study of toxic cyanbacteria. Arch. Hydrobiol.-Algolog. Studies (papers Cyanobact. Res. 2) 103: 9-29
  • Komárek J.: Problems in cyanobacterial taxonomy; implication for most common toxin producing species. In: Rapporti Istisan (Istituto Superiore di Sanitá) (Melchiorre S., Viaggiu E., Bruno M., Eds.). Roma 2000, pp. 6-43.
  • Komárek J., Komárek O.: Diversity of cyanobacteria in seepages of King George Island, maritime Antarctica. In: Antarctic Biology in a Global Context (Huiskes A. H. L. et al., Eds.). Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, Proc. VIIIth SCAR Internat. Symp. 2001, Amsterdam 2003, 244-250
  • Komárek J.: Two chapters (Review of North American Cyanobacteria), In: Freshwater algae of North America (Wehr J. D. and Sheath R.G., Eds.). Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 59-196 (2003)
  • Komárek J., Kaštovský J. Coincidences of structural and molecular characters in evolutionary lines of cyanobacteria. Arch. Hydrobiol. Algolog. Studies (Papers Cyanobact. Research 4) 109: 305-325, 2003.

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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.