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Highlights 2008




Prof. Pavel Hobza - the laureate of the National Government Award "Česká Hlava 2008"

Prof. Pavel Hobza

Czech Head Chosen from More than One Hundred Nominees: A total of fourteen awards aimed at popularising Czech science were announced in the competition finals. Eight participants out of Czech’s most eminent scientists were awarded the title "Czech Head / Česká hlava"; others were awarded the University Student Award or the General Health Insurance Company Award. The quantum chemist, Prof. Pavel Hobza (Institute of Orhganic Chemistry and Biochemistry AS CR), has become the laureate of the National Government Award.

Prof. Pavel Hobza is one of the most often cited Czech scientists and has earned such respect and recognition principally for his discovery of the hydrogen pseudobond, a discovery that caused the rewriting of many chemistry books. Paradoxically he found out about this discovery by coincidence and for a long time other scientists, including foreign ones, remained sceptical of his research.





Prof. Pavel Jungwirth - Spiers Memorial Award 2008 Winner

Pavel Jungwirth was awarded for his innovative computer simulations of solvation processes at interfaces an he gave his Spiers Memorial Lecture at Faraday Discussion 141: Water - From Interfaces to the Bulk at Heriot-Watt University, 27-29 August 2008.

The lecture was entitled "Ions at aqueous interfaces".

Prof. Pavel Jungwirth - Spiers Memorial Award 2008 Winner