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Petráň Mojmír

Prof., MUDr., CSc. 
Born March 28, 1923 in Prague 

  • Physiology, biophysics, instrumental technology 
  • Member of Learned Society since 2004 

Educational and professional preparation: 

  • 1942, graduation, academic secondary school in Žižkov, Prague; 
  • 1945-1950, Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague; 
  • 1950-1953, post-graduate student at the Biological Institute, later Physiological Institute, CSAS; 
  • 1960, Associate Professor in medical physics at the Faculty of Medicine, CU, Pilsen; 
  • 1990, appointed Professor of Biophysics. 

Employment and academic positions: 

  • 1942-1945, technical clerk in Ostmarkwerke at Kbely in Prague; 
  • 1949, auxiliary assistant at the Physiological Institute of FM CU in Prague; 
  • 1950-1960, post-graduate student, later scientific worker, Biological Institute and Physiological Institute, CSAS; 
  • 1964-1966, Department of Psychology, Yale University, New Haven USA.; 
  • 1960-1970, Head, Department of Medical Physics and Chemistry, Faculty of Medicine, CU, Pilsen; 1970-1989, scientific worker there; 
  • 1989-2002, pensioner; 2002-present, 30 percent part-time position, First FM CU, Prague 

Membership and positions in selected international organizations: 

  • Czechoslovak Physiological Society 
  • Czechoslovak Microscopy Society 
  • Royal Microscopical Society Oxford, Honorary Fellow (1989) 
  • Editorial Board of the Journal of Microscopy Oxford 

Notable awards: 

  • 1946, Czechoslovak Military Medal for Merit, second class 
  • 1969, Vienna Erfindermesse [Inventors’ Fair] Gold Medal (for exhibiting our Institute’s microscope with tandem canning) 
  • 1987, Laufberger Medal of the Czechoslovak Physiological Society 
  • 1989, Honorary membership of the Royal Microscopical Society (see above) and the medal “150 Years RMS” 
  • 2004, Award of the Czechoslovak Microscopy Society 

Selected publications: 

  • Bureš, M. Petráň, Zachar: Electrophysiological Methods in Biological Research (1960) (three English editions; also translated into Russian, Chinese and partly into Japanese) 
  • M. Petráň, M. Hadravský, Egger, Galambos: Tandem-Scanning Reflected-Light
  • Microscope. J. Optical Society of America 58, 661-664 (1968) 
  • Petráň, Boyde, Hadravský: Direct View Confocal Microscopy. In: Confocal Microscopy (T. Wilson,. Ed.). Academic Press, London 1990, pp. 245-283 
  • M. Petraň, M.Hadravsky: Method and Arrangement for Improving the Resolving Power and Contrast. US Patent No. 3, 517.980 June 30, 1970 (Czechoslovakia claimed priority of application Dec. 5, 1966) 
  • M. Petráň: Vesmír 76, 616 (1976) and Vesmír 83 (3) M6, (2004) (in Czech on the microscope with tandem scanning) 
  • Translated several books by Jiří Procházka, especially those in Latin and German, into Czech and Russian, and also co-edited works with several other authors; published by CSAS Publishing House, 1954, 1956, 1971, and Medgiz, Leningrad 1957

Memoirs: editing in progress. 

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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.