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Janata Jiří

Born on July 12, 1939

  • Honorary member of Learned Society since 2001

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1956-1961, MSc. (Summa Cum Laude), chemistry,. Charles University (CU), Prague;
  • 1962-1965, Ph.D., (Summa Cum Laude), analytical chemistry, CU.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1962-1966, Assistant Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry, CU;
  • 1966-1968, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA);
  • 1968-1973, Senior Research Scientist, Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) Ltd., Runcorn, England;
  • 1973-1975, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Utah (USA);
  • 1975-1976, Senior Research Scientist, ICI Ltd., (as in l968-l973);
  • 1976-1983, Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Utah;
  • 1983-1985, Professor and Chairman, Department of Bioengineering;
  • 1986-1987, Visiting Scientist, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Harwell, England (sabbatical);
  • 1987-1991, Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering;
  • 1992-1997, Associate Director, William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington (USA).

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Electrochemical Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Alexander von Humboldt Association of America
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • National Research Council, Committee on Transportation Security

Notable awards:

  • 1986/1987, Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford University
  • 1987, Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Prize
  • 1990, Visiting Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • 1990, Outstanding Research Award, University of Utah (declined)
  • 1990, Heyrovský Medal, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences
  • 1992, Finalist medal, “Science pour l’Art 1992”, Moët Hennessy & Louis Vuitton
  • 1994, Outstanding Achievement Award, Electrochemical Society
  • 1995, Chairman, Gordon Research Conference, Electrochemistry
  • 1995, Plenary Speaker, Electrochemical Society Meeting
  • 1995, Visiting Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • 1995-1996 Member, National Research Council, Panel on Aviation Security, Committee on Transportation Security (1998-present)
  • 1996, Chairman, Gordon Research Conference, Nuclear Waste and Energy
  • 1998, Chairman, Gordon Research Conference, “Chemical Sensors and Interfacial Design”
  • 1998, Eltech Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University 2001, Eli Lilly Lecturer, University of Indiana (USA)
  • 2002, Chairman, “New Challenges for Chemical and Biosensing“, National Science Foundation Workshop
  • 2004, Chairman, “New Opportunities in Chemical and Biosensing, ACS Conference, Santa Fe
  • 2003, Award, Search for Electroactive Materials

Selected publications:

  • J. Janata: Organic Semiconductors in Molecular Electronics. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 5, 5155-5158 (2003)
  • J. Janata, M. Josowicz: Conducting polymers in electronic chemical sensors Nature Materials 2 (1), 19-24 (2003)
  • B. Polk, K. Potje-Kamloth, M. Josowicz, J. Janata: Role of Protonic and Charge Transfer Doping in Solid-State Polyaniline. J. Phys. Chem. 106, 11457-62 (2002)
  • K. Potje-Kamloth, B. J. Polk, M. Josowicz, J. Janata: Photochemical Tuning of Field-Effect Transistor with Polyaniline Gate Conductor. Advanced Materials 13, 1797-1800 (2001)
  • T. Kikas, D. Webster, H. Ishida, J. Janata: Chemical Plume Tracking, Part I: Chemical Information Encoding. Anal. Chem. 73, 3662–3668 (2001)
  • J. Janata, M. Josowicz: Chemical Modulation of Work Function as a Transduction Mechanism for Chemical Sensors. Accounts of Chemical Research 31, 241-248 (1998)
  • J. F. T. Conroy, K. Caldwell, C. Bruckner-Lea, J. Janata: Effects of Interfacial Tension in Tunneling Microscopy, Part I, Theory. J. Phys. Chem. 100, 18222-18228 (1996)
  • J. F. T. Conroy, V. Hlady, C. Bruckner-Lea, J. Janata: Effects of Interfacial Tension in Tunneling Microscopy, Part II, Experimental Observation of Surface Instability. J. Phys. Chem. 100, 18229-18233 (1996)
  • J. Janata: Chemical Modulation of Electron Work Function. Anal. Chem. 63, 2546 (1991)
  • J. Janata: Principles of Chemical Sensors. Plenum Publishers, New York 1989; 2nd printing, 1990, 3rd printing, 2000

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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.