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05-17-1998

President Of Czech Republic Academy Of Sciences Rudolf Zahradnik Awarded Clarkson University Honorary Degree

[A photo of Rudolf Zahradnik is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/zahradnik.jpg]

Potsdam, N.Y. –Rudolf Zahradnik, president of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and professor of physical chemistry at Charles University in Prague, today (May 17) received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 105th Commencement in Potsdam, New York.zahradnik

Rudolf Zahradnik earned international acclaim by providing leadership in restoring the strength and integrity of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. He has also given critical impetus not only to the democratization of the Academy, but to its reintegration with the global scientific community, thus providing benefits to many nations beyond the Czech borders.

Through years of perseverance in the face of personal and social oppression, Zahradnik pursued his passions for teaching and scientific discovery with research interests including theoretical and quantum chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, chemical reactivity and weak intermolecular interactions. He has authored or co-authored 350 papers, dealing predominantly with molecular orbital theory, theory of reactivity and weak intermolecular interactions as well as molecular spectroscopy, and is the author of several textbooks and nine books.

President of the Academy since 1993, he is active in a number of international societies that increase scientific cooperation among countries, and serves on the editorial and advisory boards of the Journal of Molecular Structure, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, Advances in Quantum Chemistry, Reactivity and Structure, and a collection of Czechoslovak chemical communications.

A 1952 graduate of the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, he received a Ph.D equivalent degree in 1956 and a DrSc. degree in 1967 from Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. Since 1959, he has been teaching in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Charles University. In 1961 he became head of the Applied Quantum Chemistry Group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. He was director of the Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry from 1990-93.

Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The University has 2,745 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Science.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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