The František Křižík Honorary Medal for Merit in the Technical Sciences and for the Implementation of Results of Scientific Research
The František Křižík Honorary Medal
for Merit in the Technical Sciences and for the Implementation of Results of Scientific Research
awarded by the Czech Academy of Sciences
This medal was established on 21 February, 2006 to recognise outstanding results achieved in the field of technical sciences, the considerable contributions to innovation and introducing modern technologies. This medal can be awarded to a scientist, to a person implementing results of scientific research and development, or to an employee in the industry.
František Křižík (1847–1941) was a distinguished Czech electrical engineer and researcher who had great influence on the development of electrotechnical and mechanical engineering and became famous especially due to his invention of an arc lamp with self-adjusting carbon brushes. He created an illuminated fountain at the Jubilee Exhibition in Prague in 1891, designed and built several tramway lines, a remotely operating signallling device for railways to prevent train collisions and other electric equipment. His successful work was based on a systematical and persistent combination of theory and experiment which resulted in practical utilisation of the results of his research work.
The František Křižík medal was designed by Prof. Jiří Harcuba (1928–2013), a renowned Czech glass engraver, sculptor and medallist, a student of Prof. Karel Štipl at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.