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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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25.07.19

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.

23.07.19

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.

07.07.19

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.