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Smítal Jaroslav

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born August 16, 1942 in Kroměříž

  • Mathematical analysis
  • Member of Learned Society since 1995
  • Member of LS Council since 2002

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1959, graduate, eleven-year secondary school, Kroměříž;
  • 1961-1966, Faculty of Natural Science, Comenius University (FNS ComU), Bratislava;
  • 1972, CSc. (FNS ComU);
  • 1979, Associate Professor of mathematics, FNS ComU;
  • 1986, DrSc., Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (FMP), ComU;
  • 1989, Full Professor of mathematical analysis at FMP ComU.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1959-1961, construction worker at Dopravní stavby, Karviná;
  • 1967-1979, internal post-graduate student and lecturer at FNS ComU;
  • 1980-1992, Associate Professor and Professor, at FMP ComU;
  • 1990-1991, Vice-Rector, ComU;
  • 1993-present, Professor, Silesian University, Opava;
  • 1995-1998, Vice-Rector, SU;
  • 1999, Director, SU Institute of Mathematics

Membership in domestic scientific bodies (selection):

  • 1990-2001, Chairman, Commission for DrSc. in Mathematical Analysis
  • 1992-1998, Member, Accreditation Commission, Government of CR
  • 1994-1998, 2002-present, Member, Academy Assembly AS CR
  • 1993-present, Member, Scientific Council, SU;
  • 1998-present, Member, Scientific Council, Masaryk University, Brno;
  • 1993-1997, Member or chairman, Commission for the Natural Sciences, Grant Agency of Czech Republic

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • American Mathematical Society
  • European Mathematical Society

Important awards:

  • 1998, Second Class Medal, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports
  • 2003, Gold Medal, SU

Selected publications:

  • F. Balibrea, B. Schweizer, A. Sklar, J. Smítal: Generalized specification property and distributional chaos. Internat. J. Bifur. Chaos 13, 1683-1694 (2003)
  • B. Schweizer, J. Smítal: Measures of chaos and a spectral decomposition of dynamical systems on the interval. Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 344, 737-854 (1994)
  • A. M. Bruckner, J. Smítal: A characterization of omega-limit sets of maps of the interval with zero topological entropy. Ergodic Theory & Dynam. Systems 13, 7-19 (1993)
  • V. V. Fedorenko, A. N. Sharkovsky, J. Smítal: Characterizations of weakly chaotic maps of the interval. Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 110, 141-148 (1990)
  • D. Preiss, J. Smítal: A characterization of non-chaotic continuous maps of the interval stable under small perturbations. Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 313, 687-696 (1989)
  • J. Smítal: Chaotic functions with zero topological entropy, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 297, 269-282 (1986)
  • J. Smítal: A chaotic function with a scrambled set of positive Lebesgue measure. Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 92, 50-54 (1984)
  • J. Smítal: A chaotic function with some extremal properties. Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 87, 54–56 (1983)
  • J. Smítal: On boundedness and discontinuity of additive functions. Fundamenta Math. 76, 245–253 (1972)

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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.


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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.


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