Honorary Doctorates

An Honorary Doctorate (“doctor honoris causa”) is an honorary academic degree awarded by Charles University to those who have made a major international contribution to the advancement of scholarship, science or culture or who have otherwise contributed to the benefit of mankind.


The following overview gives a list of Honorary Doctorates awarded by Charles University to major scholarly and cultural figures since 1990.


date

proposed by

holder

profession

country

honorary doctorate in


2017


20. 11. 2017

Faculty of Social Sciences

prof. Christopher A. Sims, Ph.D.

Professor, Princeton University

USA

economics

20. 11. 2017

Faculty of Science

prof. Joseph Wang, D.Sc.

Professor, University of California

USA

chemistry

31. 01. 2017

Faculty of Physical Education and Sport

prof. Dr. phil. Roland Naul, M.A.

Professor, University of Münster

Germany

sports science


2016


02. 11. 2016

First Faculty of Medicine

prof. Susan Gasser, Ph.D.

Professor, University of Basel

Switzerland

medicine

02. 11. 2016

First Faculty of Medicine

prof. Nobutaka Hirokawa, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, University of Tokyo

Japan

medicine

19. 10. 2016

Third Faculty of Medicine

prof. Dr. med. Dr.h.c. Volker Diehl

Professor, University of Cologne

Germany

medicine

19. 10. 2016

Faculty of Education

prof. Dr. Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD.

Professor, Stanford University

USA

psychology


2015


14. 10. 2015

Faculty of Science

prof. Aharon Oren, PhD.

Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel


natural sciences


14. 10. 2015

Faculty of Medicine in Plzeň

prof. Ivan Damjanov, MD, PhD.

Professor, University of Kansas

USA

medicine


2014

20. 10. 2014

First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Yosef Gruenbaum

Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel

medicine

15. 01. 2014

Faculty of Social Sciences

Prof. Orley Clark Ashenfelter

Professor, Princeton University

USA

economics


2013

20. 11. 2013

Catholic Theological Faculty, Faculty of Arts

Prof. Dr. Peter Kurmann, Dr.h.c.

Professor, Univesité de Fribourg

Switzerland


20. 11. 2013

Faculty of Science

Prof. Anthony Frederick George Dixon, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor, University of East Anglia

United Kingdom

31. 10. 2013

Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Faculty of Arts

Prof. Aravind Joshi

Professor, Computer and Cognitive Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

USA

mathematics and physics

30.01. 2013

Third Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Erling Norrby

Professor, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Sweden

medicine


2012


date

proposed by

holder

profession

country

honorary doctorate in

description


17.10. 2012

Faculty of Law

Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. mult. Robert Alexy

Professor, University of Kiel

Germany

law

contribution to the development of the ‘Rechtsstaat’, constitutionalism and human rights in the Czech Republic and worldwide

17.10. 2012

Faculty of Law

Prof. Dr. Robert Badinter

Professor, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

France

law

contribution to the protection of human rights and Czech-French academic cooperation in jurisprudence

4.10. 2012

Third Faculty of Medicine, First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Eugene Braunwald, M.D.

Professor, Matej Bel University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

USA

medicine

globally unique contribution to research and teaching of cardiology and internal medicine, exceptional cooperation with Charles University researchers

4.4.2012

Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. RNDr. Beloslav Riečan, DrSc.

Professor, Matej Bel University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Slovakia

mathematics and physics

lifetime achievements in measure and integration theory and probability theory, exceptional long-term cooperation benefiting Czech scholarship and higher education

4.4.2012

Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. Kumbakonam R. Rajagopal

Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station

USA

mathematics and physics

exceptional contribution to continuum mechanics and long-term support for the development of the field at Charles University

23.4.2012

First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hans-Joachim Gabius

Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

Germany

medicine

lifetime achievements in glycobiology and support for Czech scholarship and higher education

23.4.2012


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Christoph Wanner, M.D.

Professor, University Hospital of Würzburg

Germany

medicine

lifetime achievements in internal medicine – prevention and cure of kidney diseases and support for Czech scholarship and higher education

17.5.2012


Faculty of Social Sciences

Prof. Stefano Zamagni

Professor, University of Bologna

Italy

economics

contribution to European cultural identity and humanism, original contributions to economics, major contribution to studies of economics and social sciences at Charles University

17.5.2012

Faculty of Arts

Prof. Geoffrey Leech

Professor, University of Lancaster

United Kingdom

philology

development and strengthening of Czech-British relations in scholarship and education, consistent support for English studies in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic

26.6.2012


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. Donald Lynden Bell, FRS

Emeritus Professor, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

mathematics and physics

exceptional lifetime achievements in theoretical astrophysics, physics and cosmology, important contribution to the development of research at Charles University

26.6.2012


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Domcke

Professor, Chair of Theoretical Chemistry Technical University of Munich

Germany

mathematics and physics

exceptional lifetime achievements in theoretical atomic and molecular physics, important contribution to the development of research at Charles University

2011

2.6.2011


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Patrick Anthony Riley

Emeritus Professor of Cell Pathology, University of London, Director of Totteridge Institute for Advanced Studies, London

United Kingdom

medicine

lifetime achievements in chemical, biochemical and biological research of normal pigment cells and cancer cells, melanosomes and melanogenesis and its utilization in the treatment of malignant melanomas, support for Czech scholarship and higher education

2010

22.3.2010

Faculty of Arts

Prof. Dr. Anne Hudson

Emeritus Professor, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

United Kingdom

history

outstanding contribution to the development of historical scholarship and education in the Czech Republic

7.4.2010

Faculty of Arts

Prof. Dr. Walter Pape

Professor, University of Cologne

Germany

philosophy

exceptional contribution to the development and strengthening of Czech-German relations in scholarship, culture and education

15.6.2010

Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. Endre Szemerédi

Professor, Rutgers University, Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Hungary

mathematics and physics

exceptional lifetime achievements in mathematics and information science, particularly in number theory and combinatorics

2009

18.2.2009

Faculty of Arts

Prof. Marie-Elizabeth Ducreux, Ph.D.

Professor, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre de Recherches Historiques EHESS

France

history

development and strengthening of Czech-French relations in scholarship, culture and education

20.5.2009

First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Solomon Halbert Snyder, M.D.

Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Medical School

USA

medicine

lifetime achievements in the study of brain molecular biology and major contribution to the development of neurosciences

12.10.2009

First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. William Charles Earnshaw, Ph.D., FRSE

Principal Research Fellow, Wellcome Trust, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh

USA

medicine

lifetime achievements in studies of chromosome structure and mechanisms of mitosis, support for Czech scholarship and higher education

2.11.2009

First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Dr. med. Meinhard Classen

Emeritus Professor and former Director, Medical Clinic II, Hospital “Rechts der Isar”, Technical University of Munich

Germany

medicine

lifetime achievements and groundbreaking contribution to gastroenterology and gastrointestinal oncology, development of fundamental endoscopic techniques and exceptional contribution to the introduction of public cancer screening programmes worldwide

13.11.2009

Faculty of Arts

Adam Michnik

historian, essayist, author

Poland

philosophy

incisive analysis of social developments in post-war Central Europe, courage and personal commitment in promoting the ideals of civil society and moral principles in politics

19.11.2009

Protestant Theological Faculty

Prof. Dr. Karel A. Deurloo, Dr.h.c.

former Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

theology

outstanding contribution to Old Testament studies and Biblical theology, long-term collaboration with Czech Protestant theologians and philosophers

19.11.2009

Protestant Theological Faculty

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Sauter, Dr.h.c. mult.

Emeritus Professor,  School of Protestant Theology, University of Bonn

Germany

theology

outstanding contribution to systematic theology on an ecumenical scale and in dialogue with natural sciences, long-term collaboration with Czech Protestant theologians

2008

28.1.2008

First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Suad Efendic, MD, Ph.D.

Professor of Endocrinology and Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

Sweden


medicine


lifetime achievements in the physiology of insulin secretion and gastrointestinal hormones in connection with diabetes

28.1.2008


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Dr. Herbert Ehringer

Emeritus Professor of Angiology, Vienna General Hospital (AKH)

Austria


medicine


lifetime achievements in angiology and research of intravascular local thrombolysis and interventional angiology

7.4.2008


Faculty of Law

Prof. Johan Albert Ankum

Professor of Roman Law and Legal History, University of Amsterdam

Netherlands


law


lifetime achievements in the study of Roman Law, organizational work and support for young Roman Law scholars, contribution to Roman Law studies at Charles University

7.4.2008


Faculty of Arts


Ing. Ivan Chvatík

Director of the Jan Patočka Archive, CU Centre for Theoretical Study, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Czech Republic

philosophy


exceptional contribution to the development of Czech philosophy and its status on the domestic and international academic scene


7.4.2008


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. Dr. Teruo Kishi

President, National Institute for Materials Science, Emeritus Professor, University of Tokyo

Japan


mathematics


exceptional lifetime achievements in material physics, support for Czech physics scholarship and education

7.4.2008


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Salvador Moncada, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, University College London

United Kingdom


medicine


groundbreaking lifetime achievements in pharmacology and the physiology of blood circulation and vascular biology, outstanding contribution to studies of the endothelium, application of new discoveries in the treatment of vascular disorders

25.4.2008


Faculty of Arts


Prof. Dr. Antoine Mares

Director of the Slavic Studies Centre and Head of the Department of Central European History, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

France


history


outstanding contribution to mutual understanding of Czech-French cultural and historical relations in the 19th and 20th centuries, major contribution to the study of Central European culture in the European context

28.5.2008


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Daniel Callahan, Ph.D.

Director of International Programmes, Hastings Center, New York

USA


medicine


fundamental contribution to medical ethics in the USA, Europe and other countries, development of a new field of study with a major role in solving ethical problems connected with care of elderly people, health care goals and priorities, and research ethics

16.10.2008

Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. William F. Vinen, FRS

Emeritus Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham

United Kingdom


mathematics and physics


outstanding contribution to the development of low temperature physics, particularly in the study of exotic properties of quantum fluids, superfluidity and quantum turbulence, support for Czech scholarship and higher education

2007

1.2.2007

First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Ueli Aebi, Ph.D.

Director, Müller Institute for Structural Biology, University of Basel

Switzerland

medicine


outstanding work on structural, cell and molecular biology of the cytoskeleton and the nuclear pore complex

8.3.2007

Second Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Erik de Clercq, Ph.D.

Professor, Catholic University of Leuven

Belgium


medicine


lifetime achievements in medical microbiology, particularly important discoveries of new antivirals

8.3.2007

Faculty of Science

Prof. Miloš V. Novotný

Director, Institute for Pheromone Research and the Proteomics Core, Indiana University

USA


natural sciences

major contribution to the development of capillary chromatography and capillary electrophoresis

25.4.2007

Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Humanities, Protestant Theological Faculty, Centre for Theoretical Study

Erika Abrams

editor, translator and promoter of the work of Jan Patočka

France


philosophy


outstanding contribution to the awareness and reception of modern Czech philosophy in the international context, exceptional contribution to the dissemination of the theory of art, literature and poetry via the French language

2005

10.3.2005


Faculty of Arts


Prof. Dr. Bernard Michel

Emeritus Professor of Central European Contemporary History, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

France


philosophy


outstanding lifetime achievements in the study of history


30.5.2005


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Dr. Bettie Sue Siler Masters

Professor of Biochemistry, University of Texas

USA


medicine


lifetime achievements in enzymology, molecular biochemistry, intraprotein electron transfer and NO signalling

30.5.2005


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Dr. Ferid Murad

Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

USA

medicine

groundbreaking work on NO as a signalling molecule in vascular physiology

21.9.2005


Second Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Peter J. Safar

Director, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, Pittsburgh

USA

medicine in memoriam

contribution to the global development of critical medicine, emergency medicine and disaster medicine

1.11.2005

Faculty of Arts

Prof. Dr. Robert John Weston Evans

Regius Professor for Modern History, Faculty of Modern History, University of Oxford

United Kingdom

philosophy


exceptional lifetime achievements in the study of history

2004

11.11.2004


Second Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Torsten Nils Wiesel, M.D.

Vice-President, New York Academy of Sciences, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1981

USA

medicine

exceptional lifetime achievements in the study of physiology

19.11.2004


Protestant Theological Faculty

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Luz, Dr.h.c. mult.

Emeritus Professor, University of Bern


Switzerland


theology


outstanding research helping to bring European cultures together on the basis of shared Christian faith and critical thinking

1.12.2004

Third Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Sisvan William A. Gunn, M.D.


President, International Association for Humanitarian Medicine

Canada


medicine


outstanding lifelong work in disaster medicine, emergency medicine and rescue services

2003

29.1.2003


Second Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Dr. Theodor Hellbrügge


Emeritus Professor of Social Pediatrics, University of Munich

Germany


medicine


lifetime achievements in social pediatrics


13.5.2003


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Günter Blobel

Nobel Laureate


Germany


medicine


exceptional lifetime achievements in cell biology, discovery of signal sequences determining protein localization in cells

13.5.2003


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Dr. Robert F. Furchgott


Nobel Laureate


USA


medicine


exceptional lifetime achievements in molecular pharmacology and groundbreaking research on NO as a signalling molecule in vascular physiology

2002

22.4.2002


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Joseph Grafton Gall, Ph.D.


Professor of Developmental Genetics, American Cancer Society

USA


medicine


outstanding lifetime achievements in cell and developmental genetics

21.5.2002


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. Gustave Choquet


Académie des Sciences, France

France


mathematics and physics

outstanding lifetime achievements in mathematics, particularly functional analysis, potential theory and abstract analysis

12.6.2002


Faculty of Science

Prof. Richard R. Ernst


Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Switzerland


natural sciences

exceptional contribution to the theory and practice of nuclear magnetic resonance

17.10.2002


Faculty of Social Sciences

Prof. Zygmunt Bauman


Emeritus Professor, University of Leeds, Professor, University of Warsaw

United Kingdom


sociology


exceptional contribution to the study of contemporary societies and life strategies, morality and personal responsibility, major contribution to the development of Czech sociology

17.10.2002


Faculty of Science, Faculty of Pharmacy

Prof. Thomas Robert Cech


Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Maryland

USA


natural sciences


revolutionary discovery of the catalytic properties of RNA and study of ribozymes, major contribution to the development of natural sciences and medicine

2001

27.4.2001


Third Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Dr. med. Gerd Plewig


Director of Dermatological Clinic, LMU Munich

Germany


medicine


lifetime achievements in dermatovenerology


27.4.2001


Third Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Robert B. Tattersall, MB


Professor of Metabolic Medicine, University of Nottingham

United Kingdom

medicine


discovery and description of MODY type diabetes mellitus, lifetime achievements in diabetology

3.5.2001


Faculty of Social Sciences

Prof. Detlef Brandes


Professor, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf

Germany


history


contribution to the development of free and amicable Czech-German scholarly, cultural and political relations

3.5.2001


Faculty of Social Sciences

Prof. Winfried Schulz


Professor, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Germany


communication


lifetime achievements in the theory of mass and political communication, major contribution to the foundation of modern media studies in the Czech Republic

8.6.2001


Faculty of Social Sciences

Prof. Joseph Eugene Stiglitz


Professor of Economics, Stanford University, member of the Brookings Institute

USA


economics


contribution to the development of economics worldwide


18.10.2001


Faculty of Science

Prof. Paul Maxime Nurse


Director, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London; Nobel Laureate

United Kingdom


natural sciences

exceptional contributions to knowledge of cell cycle regulation and the advancement of biology and medicine

12.11.2001


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. Frederick Jelinek

Director, Center for Language and Speech Processing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

USA


mathematics and physics

lifetime achievements in information science and computer linguistics

2000

30.5.2000


Faculty of Arts

Prof. Dr. Miguel León-Portilla

Professor, Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México

Mexico

philosophy

lifetime achievements in the study of ethnology and the literature of native Mesoamerica

18.9.2000


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Dr. Louis J. Ignarro

Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

USA

medicine


groundbreaking research on NO as a signalling molecule in vascular physiology

1999

7.4.1999


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes

Nobel Laureate in Physics, Director, École Normale Supérieure de Chimie et Physique Industrielles de la Ville de Paris

France


mathematics and physics

exceptional contribution to the development of physics

29.4.1999


Third Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Norman Sartorius

President, World Psychiatric Association, Geneva

Switzerland


medicine


lifetime achievements in mental health care


29.4.1999


Faculty of Arts

Prof. Dr. Nathan Wachtel

Professor of Historical Anthropology, Member of Collége de France

France

history

lifetime achievements in history and anthropology

12.5.1999


Catholic Theological Faculty

Prof. Dr. Mikuláš Lobkowicz

Director, Zentralinstitut für Mittel- und Osteuropastudien, Catholic University of Eichstätt

Germany


theology


outstanding contribution to the development of Catholic theology

12.5.1999


Catholic Theological Faculty

Christoph kardinál Schönborn

Archbishop of Vienna

Austria

theology

outstanding contribution to the development of Catholic theology

12.5.1999


Catholic Theological Faculty

Prof. Dr. Tomáš Špidlík

Emeritus Professor of Eastern Spirituality, Ponficio Istituto Orientale, Rome

Italy

theology

outstanding contribution to the development of Catholic theology

16.9.1999


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Phillip Valentin Tobias

Emeritus Professor of Human Anatomy and Biology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Republic of South Africa

natural sciences

outstanding contribution to global anthropology and the promotion of humanist ideals

6.10.1999


Faculty of Social Sciences

Prof. Mauric Duverger

Emeritus Professor of Political Sciences, Université Paris I Pantheón-Sorbonne

France

political science

outstanding contribution to the development of political science, particularly research into political regimes, party political systems and electoral systems

6.10.1999


Faculty of Law

Prof. Dr. jur. Luzius Wildhaber

President, European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg

Switzerland

law

research, teaching and public work supporting human rights and promoting principles of democracy in the international community

25.10.1999


Protestant Theological Faculty

JUDr. Viktor Fischl – Dagan

former Israeli diplomat and Czech writer

Israel

theology

outstanding contribution to the artistic and spiritual development of Czech literature and the study of Israeli history

25.10.1999


Protestant Theological Faculty

Prof. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, PhD

Emeritus Professor of the History of Christian Symbolism, Yale University, New Haven

USA

theology

outstanding contribution to the development of Protestant theology

17.11.1999

Faculty of Arts

George Herbert Walker Bush

41st President of the United States of America

USA

philosophy

lifetime achievements in political sciences and critical assessment of politics in a genuinely global dimension

1998

8.4.1998


Third Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Denise Albe-Fessard

Emeritus Professor, Université de Paris VI

France


medicine


lifetime achievements in brain physiology and the pathophysiology of pain, activity as a member of international scientific societies

8.4.1998


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Sir Michael Francis Atiyah

Director, Newton Institute, Cambridge

United Kingdom

mathematics and physics

exceptional contribution to the development of mathematics

8.4.1998


Third Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Francois Delange

Executive Director, International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, Brussels

Belgium


medicine


lifetime achievements in pediatrics


8.4.1998


Hussite Theological Faculty

Prof. Dr. Zdeněk Radslav Dittrich

Emeritus Professor of East European History, Utrecht University

Netherlands


theology


lifetime achievements in the history of the Eastern Orthodox Church and Slavonic history

8.4.1998


Second Faculty of Medicine

Sir Anthony Epstein

Emeritus Professor, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford

United Kingdom

medicine


lifetime achievements in medicine, particularly virology and oncology

8.4.1998


Faculty of Arts

Prof. Jacques Le Goff

Emeritus Professor, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris

France


philosophy


lifetime achievements in the study of history

8.4.1998


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Marie Daria Haust, M.D

Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics, University of Western Ontario

Canada


medicine


outstanding contribution to pathology, exceptional contribution to international relations between the First Medical Faculty, Charles University and Queen’s College

8.4.1998


Faculty of Medicine in Plzeň

Prof. M.D. Norbert Hilschmann

Director, Max-Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine

Germany


medicine


outstanding contribution to the global development of immunology

8.4.1998


Hussite Theological Faculty

Prof. Lic. Dr. Gert Hummel

Professor of Protestant Theology,  Saarland University

Germany


theology


outstanding contribution to the development of theology and the philosophy of religion

8.4.1998


Third Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Masao Ito

Director, Frontier Research Program

Japan


medicine


discoveries in cerebellum physiology and neurophysiology, activity as a member of international scientific societies

8.4.1998


Third Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Paul Adrian Jan Janssen

Honorary Chair, Board of Directors, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV

Belgium


medicine


lifetime achievements in psychopharmacology, contribution to the development of Czech pharmacology

8.4.1998


Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové

Prof. Alexander Robert Lieberman

Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, University College London

United Kingdom

medicine


long-term active support for contacts between British and Czech neurobiologists

8.4.1998


Faculty of Education

Prof. Pavel Machotka

Emeritus Professor of the Psychology of Art, University of California

USA


pedagogy


lifetime achievements in the psychology of art and empirical aesthetics - fields socializing art as a specific and irreplaceable tool for the humanization of the world

8.4.1998


Faculty of Arts

Prof. Oleg Michajlovich Malevich

Russian translator and author of monographs on Czech modern prose

Russia


philosophy


outstanding contribution to Czech literary scholarship and the promotion of Czech literature

8.4.1998


Hussite Theological Faculty

Prof. Dr. Richard Plaschka

Emeritus Rector, University of Vienna, Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Austria


theology


lifetime achievements in Central European religious history

8.4.1998


Faculty of Law

Prof. Dr. Herbert Schambeck

former President, Federal Council of Austria

Austria


law


exceptional and internationally recognized contribution to jurisprudence, long-term public and political activity

8.4.1998


Faculty of Arts

Prof. Janusz Siatkowski

Professor, University of Warsaw

Poland


philosophy


lifetime achievements in Slavonic linguistics and promotion of Polish-Czech scholarly and cultural relations

8.4.1998


Faculty of Social Sciences

Prof. George J. Staller

Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca

USA


economics


lifetime achievements in macroeconomics


8.4.1998


Faculty of Science

Prof. Ing. Rudolf Zahradník, DrSc.

Chair, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Czech


natural sciences

outstanding contribution to the development of theoretical and quantum chemistry, molecular spectroscopy and chemical reactivity

27.5.1998


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. James Dewey Watson

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

USA


medicine


fundamental discoveries of the structure and function of DNA and lifetime achievements in molecular biology and genetics

24.6.1998


Third Faculty of Medicine

Sir Andrew Fielding Huxley

Professor, University College London

United Kingdom

medicine


fundamental discoveries in general, muscular and nerve physiology, activity as a member of international scientific societies

25.9.1998


Faculty of Arts

Prof. Thomas N. Mitchell

Provost, Trinity College Dublin

Ireland

philosophy

lifetime achievements in Classical philosophy

1997

10.1.1997


Faculty of Law

Aung San Suu Kyi

General Secretary, National League for Democracy, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Burma


law


long-term struggle for democracy, freedom and human rights

10.4.1997

Faculty of Arts

Prof. Hans Georg Gadamer

philosopher, Professor, University of Heidelberg

Germany


philosophy


lifetime achievements in philosophy as an interpretation of the world and the search for meaning in a free cultural entity

16.4.1997

Faculty of Law

Simon Wiesenthal

Director, Jewish Documentation Centre, Vienna

Austria


law


lifelong struggle for justice, outstanding contribution to the advancement of humanity

29.5.1997


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. Dr. Ing. Ivo Babuška, DrSc.

mathematician, Professor, University of Texas, Austin

USA


mathematics and physics

outstanding achievements in numerical and applied mathematics

29.5.1997


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. Dr. Willem Rutger van Zwet

mathematician, Professor, Leiden University

Netherlands


mathematics and physics

outstanding achievements in mathematical statistics and probability theory

3.6.1997


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. MUDr. Franz Gerstenbrand

Emeritus President, Pan European Society for Neurology

Austria

medicine

outstanding achievements in neurological sciences

21.10.1997

Faculty of Arts

Sir Charles Randolf, Lord Quirk

Professor of English Language, University College London

United Kingdom

philosophy


development of English linguistics, support for English studies in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic

1996

21.10.1996

Faculty of Medicine in Plzeň

Prof. Dr. Alan Boyde

Professor, Institute for Anatomy, University College London

United Kingdom

medicine

outstanding contribution to the development of microscopic methods of hard tissue observation

21.10.1996

Faculty of Arts

Prof. Göran Malmqvist

Emeritus Professor, University of Stockholm

Sweden

philosophy

outstanding contribution to sinology as a scholar and translator, outstanding contribution to intercultural understanding

1995

17.2.1995

First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. George L. Wied, M.D., FIAC

Professor of Pathology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, University of Chicago

USA

medicine

outstanding and internationally recognized contribution to research and organization in clinical cytology, effective assistance in developing clinical cytology at Charles University

12.5.1995

First Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Eugen Garfield

Emeritus President, Institute for Scientific Information, Philadelphia

USA

medicine

outstanding contribution to the integrated management of bibliographical data for research in medical and biological sciences

4.7.1995


Second Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Naranjan S. Dhalla

Professor, Faculty of Medicine,  University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

Canada


medicine


outstanding contribution to the development of cardiovascular physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology

21.9.1995

Faculty of Arts

Dr. Rainer Kreissl

former Director of the Weinmüller-Neumeister auction house, Munich

Germany

philosophy

outstanding contribution to issues of art history, particularly textile artefacts from Asia Minor

21.9.1995

Faculty of Medicine in Plzeň

Prof. Shaul G. Massry, M.D.

Head of Nephrology, School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

USA


medicine


outstanding contribution to the development of global nephrology with a focus on the metabolism of kidney failure patients

21.9.1995

Faculty of Medicine in Plzeň

Prof. Dr. med. Ullrich G. Trendelenburg

former Director, Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Würzburg, Germany

Germany


medicine


outstanding contribution to the development of global pharmacology, major contribution to research in pharmacology and the physiology of the autonomous nervous system

14.12.1995

Faculty of Law

Dr. Richard von Weizsäcker

former President of the Federal Republic of Germany

Germany


law


outstanding contribution to the promotion of principles of humanity and ethics in international relations, major contribution to mutual Czech-German understanding and the ideal of the ‘Rechtsstaat’ in Europe

1994

18.1.1994


Faculty of Education

Prof. Petr Eben

composer

Czech Republic

pedagogy


outstanding contribution to composition and music teaching, global promotion of the Czech nation and Charles University

18.1.1994

Faculty of Arts

Prof. Ferdinand Seibt

Emeritus Professor of History, Ruhr University Bochum

Germany


philosophy


outstanding contribution to the study of history, particularly medieval history, frequently in connection with Czech history

7.4.1994


Faculty of Arts

Prof. Dr. Viktor Emanuel Frankl

philosopher and psychiatrist, Emeritus Professor, University of Vienna

Austria


philosophy


outstanding contribution to Central European and global modern thought, addressing key issues of freedom, responsibility and the meaning of human life, in close connection with the life of the Czech nation

7.4.1994


Faculty of Education

Prof. John L. M. Trim

Professor of Phonetics, Academic Director of the University of Cambridge Language Centre

United Kingdom

pedagogy


outstanding contribution to applied linguistics and foreign language teaching

25.5.1994


Third Faculty of Medicine

Sir Karl Raimund Popper

philosopher

United Kingdom

medicine


internationally recognized contribution to the philosophy of science laying the foundations for a new epoch (including medicine)

25.5.1994

Faculty of Arts

Prof. Leopold Jaroslav Pospíšil

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology of Law, Yale University

USA

philosophy

outstanding contribution to the study of anthropological issues especially in relation to law, closely connected with the general understanding of humanity

30.11.1994

Faculty of Law

Dr. Arpád Bogsch

Director, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneve

Hungary


law


outstanding contribution to the development and application of intellectual property law on a global scale

30.11.1994


Second Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Harald zur Hausen

Director, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg

Germany


medicine


outstanding contribution to the study of medical virology and oncology, laying the foundations for a new epoch in medical science

1993

3.2.1993


Faculty of Law

Prof. Dr. Werner Ogris

Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna, Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Austria


law


outstanding contribution to the development of international scholarly cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe drawing on the traditional values of European civilization

3.2.1993


Faculty of Law

Max van der Stoel

Member of the Netherlands Council of State

Netherlands

law

outstanding contribution to the development of amicable relations among nations and the support of human rights

2.3.1993


Faculty of Science

Prof. Dudley Herschbach

Professor, Harvard University, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

USA


natural sciences

outstanding contribution to the development of chemistry – dynamics of chemical reactions, outstanding contribution to progress in Czech theoretical chemistry

2.3.1993

Faculty of Science

Prof. Dr. Ing. Otto Wichterle, DrSc.

chemist, Chair of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Czech Republic


natural sciences


outstanding contribution to the foundation and development of Czechoslovak macromolecular chemistry, discoveries of synthesis and application of polyamides and biocompatible polymers

7.4.1993


Faculty of Social Sciences

Pavel Tigrid

journalist and writer


Czech Republic

social sciences

outstanding contribution to the struggle for human rights based on the traditional values of European civilization

9.6.1993


Second Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Dr. Joseph L. Melnick


Professor, Department of Virology and Epidemiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

USA


medicine


outstanding contribution to the study of medical virology, laying the foundations for a new epoch in medical science

30.9.1993


First Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Dr. med. Mogens Schou

psychiatrist, Professor, Aarhus University

Denmark


medicine

outstanding contribution to the study of manic-depressive disorders, treatments and prevention, opening up new perspectives for medical science and psychiatry

1992

26.3.1992


Hussite Theological Faculty

Prof. ThDr. Jan Milíč Lochman

Professor of Theology, University of Basel

Switzerland


theology


support for free theological thought and dissemination of Czech Reformation theology abroad

26.3.1992


Faculty of Education

Prof. Dr. phil. Klaus Schaller

Professor of Pedagogy, Ruhr University Bochum

Germany


pedagogy


outstanding contribution to pedagogical philosophy, particularly the study of Comenius, contributing to the strengthening of Czechoslovak-German relations even in circumstances of extreme political difficulty

20.5.1992


Second Faculty of Medicine

Prof. MUDr. Josef Švejcar, DrSc.

pediatrician, Emeritus Professor, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University

Czechoslovakia


medicine


outstanding contribution to Czech and global research in pediatric medicine

3.6.1992

Faculty of Science

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hassenstein

Professor of Biology, University of Freiburg

Germany


natural sciences

valuable contribution to knowledge and the global development of biology and pediatrics

15.10.1992


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. Dr. Heinz Bauer

Professor of Mathematics, University of Erlangen

Germany


mathematics and physics

outstanding contribution to potential theory and other areas of mathematical analysis and probability theory

15.10.1992


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. Dr. Paul Erdös

mathematician, Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Hungary


mathematics and physics

outstanding contribution to potential theory and other areas of mathematical analysis and probability theory

25.11.1992


Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

Prof. Barbara H. Partee

Professor of Mathematical Linguistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

USA


mathematics and physics

outstanding contribution to the theory of semantics and other aspects of the mathematical description of natural languages

8.12.1992


First Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Wilhelm Ansorge, CSc.

researcher, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg

Germany


medicine


outstanding contribution to the study of the structure of the human genome, laying the foundations for a new epoch in medical science

1991

14.5.1991


Faculty of Arts

Hebe Charlotte Kohlbrügge

Dutch theologian

Netherlands


theology

strengthening of ecumenical relations among Churches and Czech-Dutch friendship

18.6.1991


Faculty of Arts

Emil F. Smidak

President, Avenira Foundation, Lucerne

Switzerland

philosophy

generous and constant support for scholarship and research, particularly in the humanities

4.10.1991


Faculty of Arts

Prof. Eugenius M. Uhlenbeck

Professor of Linguistics, Leiden University

Netherlands

philosophy

outstanding contribution to world linguistics, valuable support for Czech linguists under the totalitarian regime

18.12.1991

Faculty of Arts

ak.Dmitry Sergeyevich Likhachov

Chair, Soviet Culture Fund

USSR

philosophy


outstanding contribution to the study of Old Russian literature, development of global literary theory, theory of art and culture

1990

30.5.1990


Faculty of Arts

Václav Havel

President of Czechoslovakia

Czechoslovakia


philosophy


outstanding moral and philosophical contribution to political thought and the advancement of mankind

1.6.1990


Faculty of Arts

Rudolf Firkušný

pianist


Switzerland


philosophy


lifetime achievements as a musician and unique personal contribution to global musical culture

1.6.1990


Faculty of Arts

Rafael Jeroným Kubelík

conductor and composer, co-founder of the Prague Spring music festival

USA


philosophy


lifetime achievements as a musician and unique personal contribution to global musical culture

20.9.1990


Faculty of Law

Jacques Delors

politician, President of the European Commission

France


law


outstanding contribution to the development of the cultural and humanist traditions of a united Europe and the transition from economic to political union via the Single European Act

1.10.1990


Faculty of Science

Jean-Marie Lehn

Professor,  Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

France

chemistry

fundamental discoveries in supramolecular chemistry

18.10.1990


Faculty of Arts

Gordon H. Skilling

historian


Canada


history


outstanding contribution to the study of Czechoslovak history and friendship towards the Czech and Slovak nations

26.11.1990


Faculty of Education

František kardinál Tomášek

Archbishop of Prague

Czechoslovakia


pedagogy

outstanding contribution to pedagogy – through his  erudition and love of mankind, he cultivated people’s minds and pointed their way to true knowledge and human dignity




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