Rudolf Zahradník is Doctorat Honoris Causa of the Technical University of Dresden, University of Fribourg, Technical University of Pardubice and Georgetown University in Washington DC.
He graduated from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague. He studied relations between structure and biological activity at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, applied quantum chemistry, theory of chemical reactivity and molecular spectroscopy at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the ASCR.
In 1993-2001 he was President of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. In 1994 he was a founding chairman of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic.
He was honored by many awards including:
- Gold Plaque of J. Heyrovský for his achievements in the chemical sciences,
- Emil Votočka Medal of Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague,
- Charles University Gold Medal,
- Gold Medal of the Slovak Chemical Society.