Karel Dušek received his M.Sc. degree from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague in 1953 and his PhD from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in 1958. Before joining the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in 1965, he worked for the Research Institute of Synthetic Resins and Lacquers in Pardubice (now SYNPO). In recent years, he worked as Emeritus Principal Scientist of the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
His main research interest was in formation, structure, and properties of cross-linked polymers and polymer gels. Karel Dušek published about 320 peer-reviewed papers that have received over 10. 000 citations, his H-index is 47.
Karel Dušek was a Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry and spent shorter times as visiting professor at universities in France, U.S.A and U.K. and since 1996, Karel Dušek was Adjunct Professor in the Department of Bioengineering of the University of Utah. In 1994, Karel Dušek was elected a member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic.
For his scientific work he received the Annual Prize of Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (1971, 1981), the Silver Medal of Charles University (1978), the State Prize of Czechoslovakia (1988), the Silver Medal of City of Paris (1990), the Annual Prize of Czech Academy of Sciences (1995), the Heyrovsky Medal of Merits for Chemical Sciences (2000), the P. J. Flory Polymer Research Award (2004), and the International Award of The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2019).
With the passing away of prof. Karel Dušek, not only are Czech science, the Learned Society and the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry losing a prominent Czech researcher but at the same time a bright star in the constellation of polymer science has gone out.
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