Vladimír Hnatowicz is the second emeritus scientist at the NPI of the CAS

16. 11. 2023

On November 10, 2023, doc. Ing. Vladimír Hnatowicz, DrSc., was appointed by the President of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) as an emeritus scientist according to the Career Rules of the CAS at the suggestion of the NPI management. After Otokar Dragoun, he is already the second emeritus scientist at the NPI. Congratulations!

V. Hnatowicz was born on May 2, 1938 in Dobruska. In 1962, he completed his studies in experimental nuclear physics at the FNSPE of the CTU in Prague and joined the Institute of Nuclear Research in Řež, after its division he transferred to the NPI. In 1967 he received the CSc. degree in the field of nuclear spectroscopy, in 1989 he received the DrSc. degree in the field of nuclear spectroscopy and nuclear analytical methods at the FMP CU. In the years 1963-1966, he worked at the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research in Dubna near Moscow, and spent the late 1960s working at the University of Manitoba, Canada. After 1982, he moved within the NPI from the Department of Nuclear Spectroscopy to the Department of Neutron Physics and he focused on the use of nuclear methods for the analysis of materials. He substantially contributed to the purchase of the Tandetron accelerator in 2002 by mediation with the IAEA agency in Vienna and the subsequent inclusion of the newly established Tandetron Laboratory in the RADIATE network of leading ion centers in Europe.

After 1989, he became intensively involved in teaching activities, which he could not do before for political restrictions: he lectured to students and doctoral students at the FMP CU, FNSPE CTU and UCT Prague, he also led theses at UJEP. He is the author of 336 publications in peer-reviewed journals and several professional books, as well as popular articles in the Československý časopis pro fyziku (Czechoslovak Journal of Physics) and elsewhere: this year he prepared for publication the popular book called Jaderné zbraně – princip a historie (Nuclear Weapons – Principle and History). He has received several awards, including the Hlávka Medal in 2014 for a fundamental contribution to the field of nuclear physics.