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Kotecký Roman

Prof. RNDr., DrSc.
Born July 4, 1949 in Ostrava

  • Mathematical physics
  • Member of Learned Society since 2018

Educational and professional preparation

  • 1972, M.Sc. from the Department of Mathematical Physics, Charles University
  • 1977, CSc (PhD) from the same Department (submitted 1975), Thesis advisor: Professor Václav Votruba
  • 1991, DrSc from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University
  • 1992, Associate Professor, Department of Theoretical Physics, Charles University
  • 1997, Full Professor, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University

Employment and academic positions

  • Professor, Center for Theoretical Study, Charles University
  • Professor, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick
  • Significant (more than 6 months) visiting positions abroad: Warsaw University 1975-6, CPT-CNRS, Marseille, 1985 & 1994-5, Microsoft Research, Redmond, 1998-99, 2005, Max Planck Inst. Leipzig & TU Berlin, 2002-04

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • Chairman of the state Committee for PhD theses in theoretical physics (1991-2001)
  • Member of the Charles University Committee on mobility (2002-14)

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies

  • Panel Member of ERC Starting Grants Evaluation (2007-2015)  
  • Member of International Association of Mathematical Physics
  • Editorial Boards: Journal of Statistical Physics, Mathematical Physics Electronic Journal, Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincare D: Combinatorics, Physics and their Interactions, Vesmír

Notable awards

  • A. von Humboldt Research Award, 2002
  • Silver Medal (1st degree) of the Czech Union of Mathematicians and Physicists, 2002

Selected publications

  • R. Dobrushin, R. Kotecký, S. Shlosman. Wulff construction: A global shape from local interaction, ix + 204 pp American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 1992.
  • R. Kotecký and S. B. Shlosman. First-order phase transitions in large entropy lattice models. Comm. Math. Phys. 83 (1982) 493-515.
  • R. Kotecký and D. Preiss. Cluster expansion for abstract polymer models. Comm. Math. Phys 103 (1986) 491-498.
  • J.-S. Wang, R.H. Swendsen, and R. Kotecký. Antiferromagnetic Potts models. Phys. Rev. Lett. 63 (1989) 109-112.
  • C. Borgs and R. Kotecký. A rigorous theory of finite-size scaling at first-order phase transitions. J. Statist. Phys. 61 (1990) 79-119.
  • C. Borgs and R. Kotecký. Finite-size effects at asymmetric first-order phase transitions. Phys. Rev. Lett. 68 (1992) 1734-1737.
  • J. T. Chayes, L. Chayes, and R. Kotecký. The analysis of the Widom-Rowlinson model by stochastic geometric methods. Comm. Math. Phys. 172 (1995) 551-569.
  • M. Biskup, L. Chayes, and R. Kotecký. On the formation/dissolution of equilibrium droplets. Europhys. Lett. 60 (2002) 21-27.
  • M.Biskup and R. Kotecký. Phase coexistence of gradient Gibbs states. Probability Theory and Related Fields 139 (2007) 1-39.
  • R. Kotecký, J. Salas, and A. D. Sokal. Phase transition in the 3-state Potts antiferromagnet on the diced lattice. Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 (2008) 030601
  • S. Adams, R. Kotecký, S. M"uller. Finite range decomposition for families of gradient Gaussian measures. Journal of Functional Analysis 264 (2013) 169-206.
  • R. Kotecký, S. Luckhaus. Nonlinear elastic free energies and gradient Young-Gibbs measures. Commun. Math. Phys. 326 (2014) 887-917.
  • R. Kotecký, A. D. Sokal, and J. M. Swart. Entropy driven phase transition in low-temperature antiferromagnetic Potts models. Commun. Math. Phys. 330 (2014) 1339-1394.

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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.