prof. Jan Řídký, DrSc.
Institute of Physics of the CAS
In 1970–1975, he completed his studies of theoretical nuclear physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague. Since finishing his studies, he has worked at the Institute of Physics of the CAS (formerly the CSAS). He has acted scientifically in the area of the experimental physics of elementary particles; he defended his candidate’s dissertation work in 1983. He then spent more than seven years abroad at the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research in Dubna and in CERN. Since 1997, he has participated in the international project of the Pierre Auger Observatory. In 2006–2010, he served there as the coordinator of the fluorescent detector of the observatory. In 2010, he defended his scientific degree of DrSc.
He served at the Institute of Physics of the CAS in 1991–2005 as the head of the Department of the Experimental Particle Physics, in 2005–2007 as the head of the Section of Optics and in 2007–2017 as the director of the institute. In addition, he was a member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Physics of the CAS (1992–1998) and a member of the expert council of the Czech Science Foundation (2000–2005). In the period 2001–2007, he was the delegate of the Czech Republic in the Restricted European Committee for Future Accelerators (RECFA). From the position of the director of the institute, he participated in a number of projects from the structural funds (OP PC and OP R&DI), of which particularly the ELI project stands out for its exceptional international significance. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Academy Council and Vice-President of the CAS for the area of physical sciences.
His pedagogical activity includes selective lectures at the Faculty of Science of Palacký University in Olomouc and at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University, where he is a member of the examination commission F9. He was the supervisor or consultant for 11 successfully defended doctoral works. In 2008, he was habilitated at the Faculty of Science of Palacký University, in 2014 he was also appointed a professor there. He is the author of 3 works and co-author of more than 400 experimental works with ca 14,000 citations.
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