prof. Ing. Jiří Drahoš DrSc., dr.h.c.
Born in Jablunkov, Silesia, he studied at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, where later on he obtained a Doctor of Science degree and in 2003 was appointed professor of chemical engineering. He is an honorary doctor of the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava and an honorary member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers UK. From 2005 to 2009, he was Vice-President and since 2009 has been President of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
His major specialisation is multiphase chemical reactors. He has written more than 70 original articles for leading international journals; according to the Science Citation Index, approximately 1,000 articles have cited his works. He is a member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic and the Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic, President of the Czech Society of Chemical Engineering and a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of the Chemical Industry of the Czech Republic. He has been repeatedly elected to the prestigious function of President of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering, has received numerous Czech and foreign science awards, including in 2012 the Czech Republic’s Medal of Merit for Science.