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Palouš Jan

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born 31st October 1949 in Prague

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Member of Learned Society since 2008

Education and professional carreer

  • 1967–1972 Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University: MA
  • 1972–1977 Astronomical Institute, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences CSc. (equiv. PhD) Thesis: The Spiral Structure of Galaxies: Theory versus Observation, supervisor Prof. L. Perek
  • 1993 – Doctoral Dissertation: „Star Formation in Galaxies“
  • 1994 – Habilitation: Motion and Evolution in Galaxies“ Ass.Prof. at the Charles University
  • 2001 full professor of Astronomy and Astrophysiocs at the Charles University in Prague

Employment and academic positions

  • 1972–1977: Astronomical Institute, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, PhD student
  • 1977–1989: Astronomical Institute, research fellow
  • 1989: senior research fellow
  • 1996–2004: Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic – director
  • 2005–2013: member of the Council of the Academz of Sciences of the Czech Republic


  • 1993–1996: member of the Coucil of the Academy of Sciences
  • 2005–2013: President of the Council for Internationa Affairs, member of the Coucil of the Academz of Sciences
  • member of the Czech Astronomical Society
  • member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

Notable awards

  • 2007 Asteroid #31109 named „Jan Palouš“
  • 2014 Ernst Mach medal of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republuic
  • 2015 Award of the Academy of Sciences for scientific results „Star Formation in Galaxies“

Selected publications

  1. Palouš, J.; Wünsch, R.; Tenorio-Tagle, G: On the Onset of Secondary Stellar Generations in Giant Star-forming Regions and Massive Star Clusters
  2. Sidorin, V.; Douglas, K. A.; Palouš, J.; Wünsch, R.; Ehlerová, S.: Exploring GLIMPSE bubble N107. Multiwavelength observations and simulations
  3. Palouš, Jan; Wünsch, Richard; Martínez-González, Sergio; Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, Filiberto; Silich, Sergiy; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo: Young Stellar Clusters with a Schuster Mass Distribution. I. Stationary Winds
  4. Jáchym, P.; Kenney, J. D. P.; Růžička, A.; Sun, M.; Combes, F.; Palouš, J.: Search for cold and hot gas in the ram pressure stripped Virgo dwarf galaxy IC 3418
  5. Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, Filiberto; Palouš, Jan; Wünsch, Richard; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Silich, Sergiy: On the Fate of the Matter Reinserted within Young Nuclear Stellar Clusters
  6. Ehlerová, S.; Palouš, J.: HI shells in the Leiden/Argentina/Bonn HI survey
  7. Wünsch, R.; Jáchym, P.; Sidorin, V.; Ehlerová, S.; Palouš, J.; Dale, J.; Dawson, J. R.; Fukui, Y.: The Carina Flare. What can fragments in the wall tell us?
  8. Wünsch, Richard; Silich, Sergiy; Palouš, Jan; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Muñoz-Tuñón, Casiana: Evolution of Super Star Cluster Winds with Strong Cooling
  9. Dale, James E.; Wünsch, Richard; Smith, Rowan J.; Whitworth, Anthony; Palouš, Jan: The fragmentation of expanding shells - III. Oligarchic accretion and the mass spectrum of fragments
  10. Růžička, Adam; Theis, Christian; Palouš, Jan: Rotation of the Milky Way and the Formation of the Magellanic Stream
  11. Wünsch, R.; Dale, J. E.; Palouš, J.; Whitworth, A. P.:The fragmentation of expanding shells - II. Thickness matters
  12. Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, Filiberto; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Wünsch, Richard; Silich, Sergiy; Palouš, Jan: On the Hydrodynamic Interplay Between a Young Nuclear Starburst and a Central Supermassive Black Hole
  13. Silich, Sergiy; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Muñoz-Tuñón, Casiana; Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, Filiberto; Wünsch, Richard; Palouš, Jan: On the Extreme Positive Star Formation Feedback Condition in Scuba Sources

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Luboš Perek is celebrating his 100th year

Founding fellow of the Learned Society and its doyen, astronomer doc. RNDr. Luboš Perek, DrSc, is celebrating his 100th birthday on 26 July 2019. He is an indelible part of history as the person who helped define cosmic space, he was the first to point out the issue of cosmic waste and was also a teacher to the most important Czechoslovak astronomers. Let us express our respect and admiration of the extraordinary scientific career of a person who worked tirelessly and continues to work. The Learned Society wishes Mr Perek health, optimism and joy in the oncoming years.


The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic has appealed to the Hungarian President to support academic freedom

On Friday 19 July the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Learned Society of the Czech Republic sent a letter to Hungarian President János Ánder, in which they state their concerns regarding the situation in respect to management and funding of scientific activities in Hungary. An act, according to which not the Academy of Sciences, but a thirteen-member political committee, will decide on research, funding of scientific activities and establishment or closure of scientific workplaces, will come into force on 1 September.


The loss of Learned Society Fellow prof. Josef Koutecký

We regret to inform that prof. Josef Koutecký, a fellow of the Learned Society, a renowned physician and the founder of paediatric oncology in this country, passed away on 5 July 2019 at the age of 88. He founded paediatric oncology here in 1964 and a separate paediatric oncology department was then established at the Faculty Hospital in Motol, Prague in 1978.