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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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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.