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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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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.


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.


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.