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Palouš Jan

Prof., RNDr., DrSc.
Born 31st October 1949 in Prague

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Member of Learned Society since 2008

Education and professional carreer

  • 1967–1972 Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University: MA
  • 1972–1977 Astronomical Institute, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences CSc. (equiv. PhD) Thesis: The Spiral Structure of Galaxies: Theory versus Observation, supervisor Prof. L. Perek
  • 1993 – Doctoral Dissertation: „Star Formation in Galaxies“
  • 1994 – Habilitation: Motion and Evolution in Galaxies“ Ass.Prof. at the Charles University
  • 2001 full professor of Astronomy and Astrophysiocs at the Charles University in Prague

Employment and academic positions

  • 1972–1977: Astronomical Institute, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, PhD student
  • 1977–1989: Astronomical Institute, research fellow
  • 1989: senior research fellow
  • 1996–2004: Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic – director
  • 2005–2013: member of the Council of the Academz of Sciences of the Czech Republic


  • 1993–1996: member of the Coucil of the Academy of Sciences
  • 2005–2013: President of the Council for Internationa Affairs, member of the Coucil of the Academz of Sciences
  • member of the Czech Astronomical Society
  • member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

Notable awards

  • 2007 Asteroid #31109 named „Jan Palouš“
  • 2014 Ernst Mach medal of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republuic
  • 2015 Award of the Academy of Sciences for scientific results „Star Formation in Galaxies“

Selected publications

  1. Palouš, J.; Wünsch, R.; Tenorio-Tagle, G: On the Onset of Secondary Stellar Generations in Giant Star-forming Regions and Massive Star Clusters
  2. Sidorin, V.; Douglas, K. A.; Palouš, J.; Wünsch, R.; Ehlerová, S.: Exploring GLIMPSE bubble N107. Multiwavelength observations and simulations
  3. Palouš, Jan; Wünsch, Richard; Martínez-González, Sergio; Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, Filiberto; Silich, Sergiy; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo: Young Stellar Clusters with a Schuster Mass Distribution. I. Stationary Winds
  4. Jáchym, P.; Kenney, J. D. P.; Růžička, A.; Sun, M.; Combes, F.; Palouš, J.: Search for cold and hot gas in the ram pressure stripped Virgo dwarf galaxy IC 3418
  5. Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, Filiberto; Palouš, Jan; Wünsch, Richard; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Silich, Sergiy: On the Fate of the Matter Reinserted within Young Nuclear Stellar Clusters
  6. Ehlerová, S.; Palouš, J.: HI shells in the Leiden/Argentina/Bonn HI survey
  7. Wünsch, R.; Jáchym, P.; Sidorin, V.; Ehlerová, S.; Palouš, J.; Dale, J.; Dawson, J. R.; Fukui, Y.: The Carina Flare. What can fragments in the wall tell us?
  8. Wünsch, Richard; Silich, Sergiy; Palouš, Jan; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Muñoz-Tuñón, Casiana: Evolution of Super Star Cluster Winds with Strong Cooling
  9. Dale, James E.; Wünsch, Richard; Smith, Rowan J.; Whitworth, Anthony; Palouš, Jan: The fragmentation of expanding shells - III. Oligarchic accretion and the mass spectrum of fragments
  10. Růžička, Adam; Theis, Christian; Palouš, Jan: Rotation of the Milky Way and the Formation of the Magellanic Stream
  11. Wünsch, R.; Dale, J. E.; Palouš, J.; Whitworth, A. P.:The fragmentation of expanding shells - II. Thickness matters
  12. Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, Filiberto; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Wünsch, Richard; Silich, Sergiy; Palouš, Jan: On the Hydrodynamic Interplay Between a Young Nuclear Starburst and a Central Supermassive Black Hole
  13. Silich, Sergiy; Tenorio-Tagle, Guillermo; Muñoz-Tuñón, Casiana; Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, Filiberto; Wünsch, Richard; Palouš, Jan: On the Extreme Positive Star Formation Feedback Condition in Scuba Sources