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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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26.06.20

Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.

24.06.20

The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.

27.11.19

Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.