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Šmahel František

Prof., PhDr., DrSc.
Born August 17, 1934 in Trhová Kamenice

  • Mediaeval and Renaissance history
  • Member of Learned Society since 1995
  • Member, LS Council, 1996-1998
  • LS Vice-Chairman, 1998-2000, LS Chairman, 2002

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1953, graduated, academic secondary school, Chrudim;
  • 1954-1959, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University;
  • 1963, PhDr, FP, CU; 1965, CSc, FP, CU;
  • 1990, DrSc., Institute of History, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences;
  • 1991 Associate Professor, ancient Czech history, FP, CU;
  • 1995, Professor, Czech history, FP, CU.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1953-1954, miner, Jan Šverma Mine, Ostrava;
  • 1959-1963, Director, Municipal Museum, Litvínov;
  • 1964-1974, scientific worker, Institute of History, CSAS;
  • 1975-1979, tram driver; 1980-1989, historian, Hussite Revolutionary Movement Museum, Tábor;
  • 1990-1998, Director, Institute of History, CSAS and AS CR;
  • 1993-1998, Head, Seminar on Czech Mediaeval History, FP, CU;
  • since 1998 Director, Centre for Mediaeval Studies

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1990-2002, Editor-in-chief, Český časopis historický;
  • 1991-1992, member, Coordination Council, Government of CR, for Research and Development and Vice-Chairman, Grant Agency AS CR;
  • 1993-1994, Vice-Chairman, Council for Sciences, AS CR; since 2001, Chairman;
  • 1993-2000, member, Government Commission for Scientific Degrees;
  • since 1995, member, Scientific Council, CU;
  • since 1998, member, Accreditation Commission of the Government of the CR

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • 1994, Collegian, Historisches Kolleg, Munich
  • 1995, Member, Collegium Carolinum, Munich
  • 1996, Honorary member, American Historical Society, Washington
  • 1997, Correspondent, Royal Historical Society, London
  • 1997, Correspondent, British Academy, London
  • 2003, Foreign member, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, MunichNotable awards:
  • 1966, Annual Award, Melantrich Publishing House, Prague
  • 1983, Bronze Medal, College de France, Paris
  • 1990, M.Planck Research Award, M.Planck Gesellschaft, Humboldt Stiftung
  • 1993, Otto-von-Freising Gastprofessur, Katholische Universität, Eichstätt
  • 1994, Forschungspreis, Stiftung des Historischen Kollegs, Munich
  • 1995, Annual Award, AS CR, Prague
  • 1996, Hans-Sigrid-Preis, Universität Bern
  • 1998, František Palacký Medal, AS CR
  • 2002, Second Class Medal, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports
  • 2002, First Class State Award for Merit, President of the Czech Republic
  • 2004, František Palacký Award, Palacký University, Olomouc

Selected publications:

  • Bibliografie prací Františka Šmahela z let 1956-1994 (Bibliography of the work of František Šmahel 1956-1994). In: Husitství-Reformace-Renesance (Hussitism-Reformation-Renaissance); Sborník k 60. narozeninám Františka Šmahela (Collected works on the occasion of the 60th birthday of František Šmahel), Vol. III, Prague,1994, pp. 1059-1129
  • Bibliography 1995-2004 in Evropa a Čechy na konci středověku (Europe and Bohemia in the Late Middle Ages). Prague, 2004, pp. 11-33
  • Humanismus v době poděbradské (Humanism in the King George of Poděbrady Age), Prague, 1963
  • Pražské universitní studentstvo (Prague University Students) 1399-1419, Prague, 1967
  • Verzeichnis der Quellen zum Prager Universalienstreit 1348-1500, Wroclaw-Warszawa-Kraków-Gdansk, 1980
  • La révolution hussite, une anomalie historique, Paris, 1985
  • Zur politischen Präsentation und Allegorie im 14. und 15. Jahrhundert, Munich 1994
  • Husitská revoluce 1–4 (Hussite Revolution 1-4), 2. Ed., Prague, 1995-1996
  • Idea národa v husitských Čechách (The Idea of the Nation in Hussite Bohemia), second supplemented edition, Prague, 2002
  • Husitské Čechy. Struktury, procesy, ideje (Hussite Bohemia. Structure, processes, ideas), Prague, 2001
  • Die Hussitische Revolution I-III, Hannover 2002 (MGH Schriften 43, 1-3)
  • Mezi středověkem a renesancí (Between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance), Prague, 2002

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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.