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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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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.


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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.


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