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Špirko Vladimír

Ing., DrSc.
Born January 12, 1942

  • Theoretical chemistry, molecular spectroscopy
  • Member of Learned Society since 2003

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1959-1964, Faculty of Technical and Nuclear Physics, Czech Technical University, Prague (Ing. 1964);
  • 1964-1967, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague;
  • 1968, CSc; 1990, DrSc.;
  • 1972-1973, Exchange Fellow, The Royal Society-CSAS (University of Aberdeen, Scotland).

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1967-2003, J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry CSAS (AS CR), Prague;
  • 2004, Senior Scientist, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, AS CR;
  • 1995, Adjunct Professor, University of Waterloo (Canada);
  • 1981-1982, Visiting Research Officer, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa;
  • 1984-2002, Visiting Professor, Max-Planck Institut für Astrophysik, Garching (Germany);
  • 1988-1992, Visiting Professor, University of Aarhus (Aarhus, Denmark); 1991, Visiting Professor, University of Exeter (England));
  • 1992-1995, 1998, Visiting Professor, University of Waterloo (Canada);
  • 1996, Visiting Professor, Bergische Universität, Wuppertal (Germany);
  • 1998-9, Visiting Professor, University of Michigan, East Lansing (USA);
  • 1999, 2002, Visiting Professor, Jackson State University (Michigan, USA).

Notable awards:

  • 1996, Award, Markus Marci Spectroscopic Society
  • 1997, Award, Learned Society
  • 1998, Award, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport (for science)

Selected publications:

  • V. Špirko: Vibrational Anharmonicity and the Inversion Potential Function of NH3. J. Mol. Spectrosc. 101, 30 (1983)
  • V. Špirko, W. P. Kraemer, A. Čejchan: Vibrational Dynamics of Hydrogen Bonds. J. Mol. Spectrosc. 136, 340 (1989)
  • V. Špirko, J. Čížek: Nonadiabatic Corrections for Coupled Oscillators Usány Rayleigh-Schroedinger Perturbation Theory of Very Large Orders. J. Chem. Phys. 102, 8906 (1995)
  • V. Špirko, J. Šponer, P. Hobza: Anharmonic and Harmonic Intermolecular Vibrational Modes of the DNA Base Pairs. J. Chem. Phys. 106, 1472 (1997)
  • P. Jungwirth, V. Špirko: Double Tunneling-An Overlooked Quantum Effect in Anionic Molecular Clusters. Phys. Rev. Letters 84, 1140 (2000)
  • F. Mrugala, V. Špirko, W. P. Kraemer: Radiative Association of HeH2+. J. Chem. Phys. 118, 10547 (2003)

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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.