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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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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.


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.


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.