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Evans Robert J. W.

Prof., M.A., Ph.D.
Born October 7, 1943

  • Historian
  • Honorary Member of Learned Society since 2004

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1952-62, Dean Close School, Cheltenham (U.K.);
  • 1962-68, Jesus College, Cambridge, B.A. Camb.
  • 1965: German, Russian, History. 1968, Ph.D. Camb.; 1969, M.A.Camb.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1968/1973-1992, Junior/Senior Research Fellow, Brasenose College, Oxford;
  • 1992-97, Professorial Fellow;
  • 1969/1974/1990-1992, Faculty/University Lecturer/Reader in Modern History of East-Central Europe, Oxford;
  • 1992-97, Professor of European History;
  • 1997-present, Regius Professor of Modern History and Fellow of Oriel College

Membership in selected domestic scienctific bodies:

  • 1986-95, Joint-Editor, English Historical Review
  • 2001, Founding Member of EHR board
  • 1999-present, General Editor, Oxford History of Early Modern Europe. Chair, Oxford Historical Monographs Committee
  • 2001-04, British Academy, Chair, Section H9
  • 2000-present, Chair, Forum of British, Czech and Slovak Historians
  • 2000-present, Chair, Council
  • 2001-present, Oxfordshire Record Society

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • 1973, Fellow, Royal Historical Society.
  • 1984, Fellow, British Academy
  • 1995, Honorary Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences;
  • 1997, Corresponding Fellow, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 1999, Fellow, Academia Europaea

Notable awards:

  • 1980, Wolfson Literary Award for History
  • 1986, Anton Gindely-Preis (Austria)
  • 1991, František Palacký Medal (Czechoslovakia)

Selected publications:

  • 2003, Editor, Great Britain and Central Europe, 1867-1914, Bratislava
  • 2002, Great Britain and East-Central Europe, 1908-48. A Study in Perceptions, London 2001, Wales in European Context. Some Historical Reflections, Aberystwyth
  • 2000, Editor, The Revolutions in Europe, 1848-9: From Reform to Reaction, Oxford
  • 1997, Rudolf II and his World. A Study in Intellectual History, 1576-1612 (paperback reprint.) London; 1998, also as Rudolf II. a jeho svět (Rudolf II and his world), Prague
  • 1998, The Language of History and the History of Language, Oxford
  • 1991, Editor, Crown, Church and Estates. Central European Politics in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, London
  • 1988, Editor, The Coming of the First World War, Oxford
  • 1991, The Making of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1550-1700. An Interpretation (paperback reprint.) Oxford 1991) 2003, Also as Vznik habsburské monarchie, 1550-1700, Prague
  • 1975, The Wechel Presses. Humanism and Calvinism in Central Europe, 1572-1627, Oxford

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XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.


Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.


XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.