Jan Peřina

Professor Jan Peřina is a renowned optician, internationally recognized expert in quantum, statistical, and non-linear optics and in the theory of the coherence of light. He also made a significant contribution to the discovery of the properties of non-classical light. He was a visiting professor at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology and at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. He has also been a visiting scholar at Columbia University and a visiting professor at the Sapienza University of Rome, the Universities of Innsbruck and Graz, and the Atominstitute in Vienna.

Prof Peřina has built an internationally renowned scientific centre in Olomouc. During his lifetime, he led many scientific projects, has been and remains a member of Czech and foreign scientific societies, and served on the editorial boards of many international scientific journals. During his career, he has supervised dozens of graduate and doctoral students. Many of them are currently professors themselves, working in the Czech Republic as well as abroad.

From 1990 to the present, he has been Professor of Optics at the UP Department of Optics as well as at the Joint Laboratory of Optics at the UP Faculty of Science and the Institute of Physics of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.

For his scientific work and merits for the establishment of the internationally recognised optics centre in Olomouc, Jan Peřina has been awarded, among others, the I.I. Rabi Award at Columbia University NY; the Medal of the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists; the Prize of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports; the Czech presidential Medal for Merit (First Grade); the Honorary Medal of Dionýz Ilkovič by the Slovak Academy of Sciences; the Galileo Galilei Award by the International Commission for Optics; and the Neuron Prize for contribution to world science in physics. He also served as Vice-President of the International Commission for Optics.


  • The František Palacký Prize - 20 June 2023

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