Professor Jan Perina has been given the Galileo Galilei Award of ICO (International Commission for Optics).
Prof. Dr. Jan Perina is a professor of quantum electronics and optics at the Department of Optics of Palacky University in Olomouc and Joint Laboratory of Optics of Palacky University in Olomouc and Physical Institute of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He has been working as a Senior Researcher at the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials at Palacky University in Olomouc since 2010. The Galileo Galilei Award Committee of ICO (chair: Prof. Dr. Tomasz Szoplik (Poland); members: Prof. Dr. Cid B. de Araújo (Brazil), Prof. Dr. Gert von Ball (Germany), Prof. Dr. Paul K. Buah-Bassuah (Ghana), Prof. Dr. Bishnu P. Pal (India), Prof. Dr. Mohammed Shabat (Palestine), Prof. Dr. Valentin I. Vlad (Romania), and Prof. Dr. Ičiro Jamaguči (Japan)) has honored Prof. Dr. Jan Perina by the 2011 edition of this Award for “his substantial results in the field of quantum optics and coherence related to non-classical states that have been obtained under difficult circumstances”. The Committee finds to be remarkable how he could have achieved such an amount of work under such difficult conditions that existed in Czechoslovakia in the time of his highest creative activity.