- Jiří Grygar
Jiří Grygar (
March 17 1936in Heinersdorf, Germany, now Dziewietlice, Poland) is a Czech astronomerand popularizer of science.
After studying physics at the
Masaryk Universityin Brnoand astronomy at the Charles Universityin Praguehe joined the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences, Department of Stellar Astronomy in Ondřejov. Twenty years later he moved to the Institute of Physics, Low Temperature Physics Department at Řež, where he remained for more than ten years. Shortly after the Velvet Revolutionhe joined the High Energy Physics Department at the same institution. From 1992 to 1998, Grygar chaired the Czech Astronomical Society. He also chaired the Czech Television Council and the Science and Philosophy section of the European Culture Club. He is member of editorial boards of the periodicals " Říše hvězd", " Vesmír", "Universum" and "Omega".
Grygar holds a
Ph.D.in astrophysics. His papers focus on interplanetary matter ( meteors, comets), limb darkeningin stellar atmospheres, close binaries, novae, chemically peculiar stars and remote sensing.
He is well known to the public in the
Czech Republicand Slovakiabecause of his famous TV series about the Universe - "Okná vesmíru dokorán" ("Wide open windows of the Universe"; 1982 - 1990). He also engages in activities against un-scientific charlatanism (in the SISYFOS Club of Skeptics [http://www.sisyfos.cz/sisyfos/infotext_eng.htm] ).
* [http://www.astro.cz/~grygar/english.htm Short biography incl. contact information]
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